With a $1 million capital grant to support the Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae Farm Village, the Weinberg Foundation made its first investment in community-led housing initiatives in partnership with unhoused community members. In partnering with people who have experienced houselessness, we believe it is crucial not just to support the construction of brick-and-mortar houses, but to support efforts that build resilient communities. Twinkle Borge, James Pakele, and the leadership at Pu’uhonua O Waiʻanae, are building community and local leadership with humility and an intergenerational commitment to their home on the Waiʻanae Coast.
Located on a 20-acre parcel in Waiʻanae Valley, Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae Farm Village will include housing, local food production, and agricultural employment opportunities for 250 keiki, kupuna, and working family members. This grant is a part of the Foundation’s continued commitment to addressing housing and homelessness through a refreshed approach that will focus on supporting leadership development, innovative housing models, strengthening nonprofit housing developers, and investing in collaborations that increase the availability of and access to affordable housing statewide.