CPP Housing Joins with Local Hawaii Partners to Preserve Affordable Housing in Honolulu

January 21, 2022

Community Preservation Partners (CPP), a mission-driven affordable housing preservation developer, today announced its acquisition of the Smith-Beretania Apartments in Honolulu, a 22-floor high-rise affordable housing complex that houses 164 one- and two-bedroom units, all of which receive subsidy under a Section-8 HAP contract. CPP partnered with local lenders, BlackSand Capital, a Hawaii real estate private equity firm, and Bank of Hawaii to finance the property acquisition, in addition to working with Hawaii affordable housing specialist Ahe Group. Now under CPP ownership, future renovations to the Smith-Beretania Apartments will be financed through the low-income housing tax credit program, which will preserve its affordable housing designation for future decades.

“At CPP, we believe that working with local community partners is essential in bringing about affordable housing projects that make the residents and community proud,” said Anand Kannan, president at CPP. “By working closely with BlackSand Capital, Bank of Hawaii and Ahe Group, we were able to execute the deal efficiently and preserve affordable housing for more than 300 residents in a high-cost market. We are looking forward to providing a modern renovation, enhancing social services and building a sense of community for the residents that will last for years to come.”

“CPP didn’t assume they knew our local community. Instead, they paired their extensive expertise in affordable housing with our intimate knowledge of and commitment to Hawaii,” said B.J. Kobayashi, chairman and CEO at BlackSand Capital. “Preserving existing affordable housing in high-cost markets is very important to maintaining communities and ensuring that people have access to adequate and affordable housing; BlackSand Capital is proud to be part of this much-needed affordable housing effort right in our own backyard.”

There is an urgent need for preserving Hawaii’s affordable housing inventory, especially given the median asking rent on Oahu has risen to $2,100, up from $1,700 within the last year, with Honolulu specifically seeing a 3.9% rise in rent. Many families spend more than 30% of their household income on housing, and with the increasing cost of food and energy, some 10% to 14% of Oahu households are late on rent each month, according to U.S. census surveys as reported by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. [i]

CPP will work with Hawaii-based business partners to invest nearly $10 million to rehabilitate the complex, with renovations to include exterior paint, unit turns, energy efficiency improvements, accessibility upgrades and site amenity updates. In addition to the 164 units of affordable housing, the half-acre lot offers a community room, onsite management, laundry facilities, controlled access entry and dedicated parking in the adjacent parking structure. Additionally, the site provides access to a public park with a playground, basketball court, pet parkand open green space.


About Community Preservation Partners

Since its founding in 2004, Community Preservation Partners (CPP), an affordable housing rehabilitation company, has invested more than $2.6 billion into neighborhoods across the United States, keeping housing costs affordable for thousands of seniors, families and individuals. Having developed more than 12,500 low-income housing units, and positively changing the lives of thousands of low-income residents, the award-winning firm continues to expand nationally with headquarters in Irvine, California and Reston, Virginia. With its creative mindset and unwavering vision, CPP Housing proposes big, bold and better solutions that build community and serve the greater good. Creativity. Performance. Purpose. A different way to home. For more information, visit www.cpp-housing.com and follow us on LinkedIn.


About BlackSand Capital

BlackSand Capital is a Hawai‘i specialist private equity firm distinguished by its integrity, creativity, and intimate knowledge of and commitment to the Hawai‘i market. It stands out as the only Hawai‘i-focused real estate private equity firm.

BlackSand Capital’s advantage is its focus on the local community, which is also reflected in the company. BlackSand Capital is a diverse and inclusive minority-led company led by women and men who are committed to these principles. All of BlackSand Capital’s employees are part of local families and have strong ties to Hawai‘i.

BlackSand Capital’s deep foundation in Hawai‘i rises from a multi-generational family legacy in the Hawai‘i real estate and construction industries. The relationships created by decades of professional partnerships refine the firm’s acute understanding of real estate fundamentals and underpin its ethical responsibility to the community. These enduring relationships along with the diversity and depth of experiences allow BlackSand Capital to capture rare opportunities often not presented in the market.

BlackSandCapital and its principals have overseen the investment of approximately $5 billion in Hawai‘i properties, including investments in workforce housing, hotels, residential condominiums, and retail, office and industrial buildings. For more information, visit www.blacksandcapital.com

[i] Honolulu Civil Beat -- https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/09/hawaiis-high-cost-of-living-just-keeps-getting-higher/

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