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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 for Maui’s families.

For more information, visit our website or sign up for email updates.


Bring all levels of government, elected leaders, nonprofits, home-builders, businesses, philanthropists, and the community together to create affordable housing solutions on Maui so that local families can continue to call Maui home.


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

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.


Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) launched House Maui to bring together a diverse group of voices from all sectors to create a sustainable housing market for Maui’s families. We are working to accomplish this through three main approaches: align new and existing resources, educate and empower, and organize and engage.

  • Align New and Existing Resources
    Together, we are:
    • working to align federal, state, and county resources to create regional infrastructure (from roads to sewer) for affordable housing
    • increasing access to new capital resources through strategies like social impact investing
    • securing philanthropic support to invest in community-based organizations working to strengthen the affordable housing ecosystem
  • Educate and Empower
    Together, we are:
    • supporting Maui residents and families with knowledge and financial empowerment to realize their housing goals
    • increasing the capacity of HUD-certified Housing Counseling agencies and providers on the island who can create a wellspring of financially qualified families to buy or rent affordable housing on Maui
  • Organize and Engage
    Together, we are:
    • partnering with local residents, nonprofits, government, and the private sector to advocate for regulatory and public policy changes needed to create affordable housing on Maui
    • encouraging community voice by families impacted by the housing crises to participate in solution building

While affordable housing is a statewide issue, Maui is at the epicenter of the crisis. It’s going to take intentional collaboration with residents, nonprofits, the private sector, local and state government to bring about real change. We believe that if we work together, we can solve this crisis and generations of kama‘āina can continue to call Maui home.

For more information email us at info@housemaui.com

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)
A family sits together on their porch, smiling, surrounded by plants.

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.