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January 14, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Pacific Beach Hotel
2490 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
$20.00 inc. parking
Linda Collard, Executive Director

jun.yang_1346869953_4Mr. Jun Yang, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Housing, City & County of Honolulu to come and do a presentation to your Waikiki Rotary club?   The topic would be an update on the homelessness in Waikiki, and also about the Housing First Initiative, which is about permanent supportive housing for Hawaii’s chronically homeless.

Jun Yang attended the University of California, Berkeley. Jun lived and work in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years before moving back to Los Angeles to work as a community organizer for the grassroots community organization People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER) in Santa Monica, California. His role at POWER focused on affordable housing advocacy and low-income housing development. In 2008, Jun moved to Honolulu to work with Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) as a community organizer dealing with affordable housing policy, tenant rights and advocacy. 

I have been given the most outstanding opportunity to work with the City + County of Honolulu. As Executive Director for the Office of Housing I am tasked with creating policy to develop workforce and affordable housing in a challenging market. I am also tasked with finding or creating better programs for our growing homeless population.

Most think that life's struggles remain at the airline gates on their way to the islands. The problems here are as difficult to solve as they are in cities across the globe. I have worked on issues of affordable housing policy and development, education, immigration, and economic development in Honolulu and Los Angeles. Through my work, I have been blessed to meet and collaborate with some of the brightest minds with the biggest hearts for their community.