Workforce Housing for Hawaiian Farmers

Hawaiireporter says Honolulu City Council member Tom Berg is proposing a five-year pilot program to erect temporary modular housing for farm workers on the Leeward Coast of Oahu, noting $1,600 a month rents make it difficult to keep long-term employees. Considerable resources are spent training new workers, but the availability of nearby affordable housing is limited, and the workers move elsewhere. The proposal would allow farmers to place the modular units anywhere on their property as long as the occupants work for that farm. MHProNews has learned the proposal passed the Zoning and Planning Committee last month and will be on the agenda before the entire council at their next meeting Sept. 12.

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