From Hawaii Appleseed
Accessory dwelling units, secondary rental units built by homeowners on single-family properties, will be coming to Oahu soon. ADUs are one of Hawaii Appleseed’s top affordable housing priorities.
In April 2014, Appleseed released a report drawing attention to ADUs as an important part of the solution to Hawaii's affordable housing crisis and identifying the need to eliminate restrictions on ADU development. On Sept. 2, a year and a half of advocacy on ADUs culminated with Honolulu City Council's unanimously passing a bill allowing ADUs on Oahu.
According to Hawaii Appleseed, it is estimated that ADU development could result in the creation of at least 250 new housing units per year, all without any government subsidies.
To put that in perspective, Hawaii gives out around $27 million per year under the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program — one of the few programs available to subsidize affordable housing development, which is estimated to create fewer than 300 affordable rental units annually.
"We commend the Council, Mayor, and community members for coming together to implement a sensible policy to help meet our rental housing needs," Appleseed said in its newsletter. "Upon Mayor Caldwell’s signature, ADUs will be permitted in residential areas throughout the island."
Appleseed said it will move forward with a new project to help homeowners to develop their own ADUs.