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Hawai‘i Community Foundation
House Maui Initiative

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House Maui Initiative

The House Maui initiative is a diverse group of community-minded organizations, business, and individuals dedicated to creating a sustainable housing market capable of providing homes for all Maui residents.

Hawai‘i Community Foundation is the convener of this initiative.

For more information, visit our website, email us at housemaui@hcf-hawaii.org, or sign up for our updates below.


Bring all levels of government, elected leaders, nonprofits, home-builders and the community together to create 11,000 additional housing units for working families on Maui.


The housing crisis on Maui has reached a critical point. A broken system is failing to produce affordable housing for working families.

As rent, housing prices and cost of living rise, local families are being priced out of our Maui neighborhoods and forced to leave the island to survive. A lack of affordable housing opportunities, particularly for our working ohana, is making it difficult for residents to thrive—and threatens the social and economic well-being of our entire community.

Of Maui families are cost burdened. A family is housing cost-burdened when they pay more than 30% of their monthly income toward housing.

The median price of a single-family home on Maui has passed the $1 million mark

The number of housing units Maui needs by 2025


Housing supply on Maui should be driven by the needs of Maui residents. House Maui is working to create affordable housing through three main approaches:

  • Align New and Existing Resources
    Shifting existing federal, state, and county resources for infrastructure (from roads to sewer), increasing access to new capital resources through strategies like social impact investing, and securing funding through philanthropic support.
  • Educate and Advocate
    Increasing the capacity of local nonprofit HUD Counseling agencies who can create a pipeline of financially qualified families to buy or rent affordable housing on Maui and engaging families who need housing to share their voice and take action.
  • Organize and Engage
    Fostering partnerships with local community-based organizations, residents, government, and the private sectors to address the regulatory and public policy changes needed for affordable housing on Maui.

We believe that if we work together, we can solve this crisis and future generations of kama‘āina can continue to call Maui home.

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For more information email us at housemaui@hcf-hawaii.org

House Maui Grantees:

  • Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows Program
    Support of leadership development focused on growing young leaders to better address Maui Nui’s challenges ($25K for 2021 cohort)
  • Hale Makua Health Services
    A community-led master planning project to develop resources for kupuna in Central Maui ($75K for pre-development costs)
  • Hawaiian Community Assets
    Financial Opportunity Center in Wailuku ($250K/year for three years)

Shelʻle, Samson, and their 8-year-old daughter live in Wailuku. The couple is working with the Financial Opportunity Center to support their readiness to purchase a home on Maui. The couple recently put in an offer and are working with the HCA Match Savings program to support a down payment.

Live on Maui and need support in how to achieve an affordable rental or home of your own?

Now open in Wailuku, a Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) has launched as a public-private partnership by Maui County, Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) and Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA) to help thousands of residents qualify for permanent affordable housing. HCA’s certified counselors provide free individualized counseling to assist Maui residents in creating a financial action plan to build savings, pay down debt and improve credit with the goal of securing and sustaining permanent, affordable housing. Services also include assistance with enrollment in grant or loan programs that can help with rental deposits or payment for the first month, a down payment or closing costs on a house, and career coaching that can help individuals increase their income and ability to rent or own their own homes.

Maui residents interested in receiving no-cost FOC services and products can Apply Here.

Call 808-727-8870 to talk with a certified counselor
Email mauifoc@hawaiiancommunity.net to learn more
Office Address: Hawaiian Community Assets
24 N. Church Street, Suite 210, Wailuku, HI 96793
Note: In-person appointments with proper social distancing can also be accommodated.


July 19, 2021 - Star Advertiser, Guest Column, Micah Kāne, CEO & President, HCF
May 4, 2021 - Maui News, Guest Column, Micah Kāne, CEO & President, HCF
June 15, 2020 - Maui Now, Financial Opportunity Center to Help Thousands into Housing
Dec 3, 2020 - Press Release, Financial Opportunity Center Now Open In Wailuku
2019 & 2020 - Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Maui Regional Plans