Billionaire Hands Over Homes To Homeless, Japanese Property Mogul Opens Up 3 Multimillion-Dollar Hawaii Homes, But Is He Scheming?

Seems everybody is worried about this man’s motivations.  I say, who cares!  They’re his homes.  If wants to allow homless families to live in them, that’s his business.  So what if he asks them to vacate later down the line. Only in America do people criticize free rent.

Billionaire Hands Over Homes To Homeless, Japanese Property Mogul Opens Up 3 Multimillion-Dollar Hawaii Homes, But Is He Scheming? – CBS News

(AP) Japanese real estate mogul Genshiro Kawamoto handed over three of his many multimillion-dollar homes in Oahu’s priciest neighborhood to homeless and low-income Native Hawaiian families.

Tears ran down Dorie-Ann Kahele’s cheeks Thursday as she accepted the key to a white columned house worth nearly $5 million. Her family will live in the mansion rent-free.

Kawamoto plans to open eight of his 22 Kahala neighborhood homes to needy Hawaiian families. He says they will be able to stay in the homes for up to 10 years.

Kahele, 39, and her five daughters had been living in one small room at a homeless shelter for the past five years.

“What we need to do is appreciate,” said Kahele. “As fast as we got it, it could disappear.”

Kawamoto, whose eyes started welling up when Kahele cried, said he will not charge the families anything to live in the homes. They will, however, have to pay their own utility bills.

The billionaire is one of Japan’s richest men. He said he was embarking on the unusual venture because it made him happy. He also gave each family 10 $100 bills to help them move in.

Native Hawaiians are disproportionately represented among the state’s homeless and working poor.

Kawamoto owns dozens of office buildings in Tokyo and his been buying and selling real estate in Hawaii and California since the 1980s.

He has been criticized for evicting tenants of his rental homes on short notice so he could sell the properties, as in 2002, when he gave hundreds of California tenants 30 days to leave.

Two years later, he served eviction notices to tenants in 27 Oahu rental homes, saying they had to leave within a month. He said he wanted to sell the houses to take advantage of rising prices.

Kawamoto selected the eight low-income families from 3,000 people who wrote him letters last fall after he announced his plan. He has said he tried to pick working, single mothers.

He added it showed more dedication to helping the homeless than just handing out cash.

Kawamoto laughed when asked if he was concerned about losing money on the effort, saying, “This is pocket money for me.”

Kahele became homeless two years ago when her landlord raised her rent from $800 to $1,200, putting the apartment beyond reach of her salary as a customer service representative.

Some neighbors are unhappy with Kawamoto’s plan, saying he is trying to drive down real estate values so he can buy even more homes.

“Everyone’s paying homage to him, but in reality, he’s the problem,” said Mark Blackburn, who lives down the street from Kahale’s new home. “Houses are homes. They’re made to live in; they aren’t investment vehicles.”

In response, Kawamoto said, “The people who don’t want to live near Hawaiians should move.”

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  2. dear genshiro, i feel what you are doing is good.

    iam like that kaylee lady . i too am homeless . need someone to make it better
    iam seeking a billioniare like you or multimillionaire who can help me
    read my blog tlk2usoon.blogspot.com
    i lost what i rented because of high rent increase .. not its been so long . i want to go out of the world to somewhere i can lilve not in poverty. like this it is too painful. and is un just for any girl or man to live this way. i have lost everything in my life and the hurt hurt me.. an dther is no one here to help me .. no on e to hear my cry out
    no matter whom i speak to..

    what i think you should so as well is teach these people a way to make the revenue to never ever be poor again.. to be able to teacah them a new life a chnge pernamert..
    you have a skill or a way teach them ..
    just givng them a home helps .but .. they need more.
    a healthy way of livingas well plus more knowledge to keep them so they can make fast money to buy realestate and keep it. no loose it
    be a mentor ,,,,,,a mentor ,,,,,

    i need this as well a mentor

  3. tlk2usoon@yahoo.com

    i need a helping hand to not be on the street read blog at tlk2usoon.blogspot .com


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