State officials have embarked on a plan to address years of accumulated problems in the troubled public housing system. The network is a safety net for thousands of poor families but today it's a system in peril. In a three-part series, The Advertiser examines the state's public housing and why officials believe something must be done and now.
Hawaii plan tackles public housing crisis
As far back as the early 1970s, lawmakers, advocates and residents were decrying backlogged maintenance, deteriorating buildings and rising crime at public housing projects statewide.
Reluctant turnovers defeat housing's goal
Public housing was designed in the 1930s as a stopgap for families facing homelessness or living in overcrowded, substandard conditions. It was supposed to help them move up — then they were supposed...