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NEWS: The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation Grants $50,000 to Honolulu Habitat for Humanity

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Since 1967, The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation has been dedicated to improving the lives of Hawaii’s people by partnering with local nonprofits. Last month, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity was awarded $50,000 from the Ching Foundation to support the construction of 8 new, single-family affordable homes on Oahu. 

Tertia Freas, Executive Director, and Cathy Ching, Trustee, presented a check to Honolulu Habitat at the Piohia Home Dedication on July 30, 2021. 

The Ching Foundation is proud to be a partner with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity as they address the affordable housing shortage by working with families to build homes, community and self-reliance. 

– Cathy Ching, Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation Trustee

“This support from the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation comes at a time when our community needs it most,” said Jim Murphy, Honolulu Habitat Executive Director, “Our affordable housing crisis was worsened by last year’s pandemic and economic downturn. Now we are called to do more, build more, for Hawaii’s working families.”

Funding will be used to expand Honolulu Habitat’s affordable housing development and increase building capacity. The Piohia home in Waimanalo is the first of 8 homes planned for 2021. 

About the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation

The Clarence T.C. Ching foundation has roots in affordable housing.

In January 1967, developer Clarence T.C. Ching successfully bid on a contract to build an affordable housing complex on a 19.5-acre tract at Vineyard Boulevard and Liliha Street in Honolulu. Envisioning the “Kukui Gardens” project as a way to give back to the community, Mr. Ching next sought to form a non-profit organization to sponsor the ambitious undertaking. (Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation website)

Later that year, The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation was officially established via trust agreement. Since then, the Ching Foundation has donated more than $80 million dollars to local organizations supporting education, healthcare, social services, arts & culture, and innovation & environment.

Other recent grant recipients include Queens Medical Center, University of Hawaii, the Kukui Children’s Foundation, the UH Foundation, Hawaii Youth Symphony and the Kuakini Foundation

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