The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding a $300,000 grant to a public-private partnership aiming to revitalize the neighborhood around Kuhio Park Terrace and Kuhio Homes in Honolulu.
On Tuesday The Hawaii Public Housing Authority and its private development partner, The Michaels Development Company, said their application was one of 17 selected from a pool of 72.
The Choice Neighborhoods grant encourages collaboration among housing developers, educators, the criminal justice system and others to create mixed-income neighborhoods with quality housing, high performing schools and safe streets.
That kind of collaboration has been previously seen around Oahu through private-public development of urban housing.
The state and the Michaels Development Company are working together on a $135 million project to rehabilitate the Towers at Kuhio Park. It's the first phase of a multi-year revitalization program for Kuhio Park Terrace and Kuhio Homes.