New Affordable Senior Housing On Oahu

Posted Jul 13, 2011 at 3:36pm
Courtyard of an apartment complex

Franciscan Vistas Ewa, a brand-new affordable housing complex for seniors in Ewa Beach, currently has approximately 70 apartments available for rent. (Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development)

Last week, I wrote about why Hawaii is a good place to be a senior citizen, citing subsidized housing for seniors as one of the reasons. If you’re a senior who’s interested in affordable housing on Oahu, there’s a brand-new apartment complex that you should know about.

Just last week was the grand opening of Franciscan Vistas Ewa, a newly constructed subsidized housing complex for seniors located in Ewa Beach on Oahu. Only half of the 149 rental apartments are occupied so far. Residents must be age 62 or older to qualify, and annual-income limits apply: $41,760 for one person, $47,700 for a family of two, and $53,640 for a family of three.

The 1-bedroom, 530-square-foot units rent for $745 per month. The 2-bedroom, 750-square-foot units rent for $885 per month. Rent includes water and sewer services, as well as parking. The apartment complex includes a swimming pool, fitness center, learning and activity center with Internet access, and community center with a kitchen. KITV4 News has some nice video footage of the apartments.

Additional services designed to help seniors live independently for as long as possible are also available to tenants (but not required). These services include home health care, housekeeping, shopping, transportation, social activities, and legal assistance.

This $40 million housing project is the first phase of new construction in Ewa Villages. The second phase will consist of 71 single-family homes and 72 townhouses, which will be sold at current market prices. Across the street from the apartment complex, an adult daycare and preschool facility are also being built.

Yes, the Ewa Beach-Honolulu commute traffic is notorious. But if you’re retired and not commuting to a job in Honolulu any longer, Franciscan Vistas Ewa could be a great affordable housing option.