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Sustainable Community

Lihue Court Townhomes

Kauai, Hawaii

Lihue Court Townhomes isa 173-unit affordable rental property near downtown Lihu`e. Resident Services offers activities, programs, and services year round for almost 450 residents.

In 2016 the LCT Resident Services theme is “A Healthier Me.” With construction of the public walk path through the Lihue Court community garden, we will be encouraging residents of all ages to walk, stroll, and run along the path for exercise and community building.

In 2015 the LCT Resident Services theme was “Residents Leading Residents.” Residents took initiative in leading onsite programming such as our resident taught Raspberry PI-II computer programming class held jointly with the Boys & Girls Club-Lihue.

In 2014, our theme was “Building Community,” and we focused on increasing the quality of interaction and relationship among residents, and between residents and LCT staff and service providers. As example, resident participation in the Landscaping survey and Charrette was noteworthy, as well as having strong resident and community participation (100+) in the informative cultural and social meeting on the Marshallese people.

In 2013, our LCT Resident Services theme was “Residents helping Residents,” and we saw increases in resident participation in all program areas as well as more resident volunteers during Food Pantry, Family Nights and Senior Bingo, and the December Holiday Party. In addition to participating in programming residents were more willing to start and run programs themselves, such as the weekly Zumba class and Ray’s Computer Lab.

At Lihue Court Resident Services offers activities, programs, and services in seven (7) primary areas: Resident Leadership Development, Community Building, Youth Development, Health & Wellness, Economic Sufficiency, Sustainability, and Arts, Culture & Music.

Community Building:

We aim to maintain a safe, clean, and attractive community where residents enjoy living. We offer family fun activities and supportive programs to help residents live together peaceably, and to achieve measurable goals of value to them and their families

Currently, we offer the following activities, programs, and services in the area of community building: Monthly Newsletter with Calendar; Family Night (Monthly); Zumba – weekly; Food Pantry Distribution (monthly); Holiday Parties (seasonal); Senior Bingo (monthly); Prevention Day (annual); Summer Day of Fun (annual);

Youth Development:

We aim for our youth to participate fully in educational, athletic, and career opportunities offered on Kauai. LCT offers residents access to programs that are comprehensive in nature with educational, social, and athletic components. We collaborate with programs that are interactive, constructive and engaging for the youth and meaningful for their future. Our goal is to foster a spirit of achievement and responsibility among our youth for themselves, their families and their community:

New Playground System was installed in May 2015 for use for all ages of youth along with a cemented path for bicycles and trikes installed around the playground. Current swing set area was revitalized.

Child & Family Services operates a fully functional Head Start program at Lihue Court Townhomes. Parents of children ages 3 and 4 are eligible to apply for school year 2015-16. Applications are available through the Resident Services office. Space is available for up to 20 Keiki.

The Boys & Girls Club offers afterschool Programming & Homework assistance ages 7-17 at their clubhouse.

Computer Class: We hope to offer in 2016 a computer programming class. During the week of 7/6, 7/8, and 7/9 2015 a current resident of Lihue Court Townhomes and veteran with the United States Navy introduced 20 Middle School youth of the Boys & Girls Club to computer programming using "Raspberry Pi 2" and "Scratch" MIT from (9:30-11:30AM). The resident (Arthur) mixed in some YouTube videos shown on the HDTV. Youth were divided into teams and used six RPi2 for hands on experience.

LCT TEEN Club: Due to reports that LCT teens have been hanging out on occasion in the Community Garden and other areas on property and drinking alcohol, we have working to offer more teen programming. In conjunction with The Boys and Girls Club and Salvation Army we are developing the LCT Teen Club. Currently these two organizations offer Teen programming on Wednesday and Friday evenings respectively. They are offering teen programing in areas of character development, healthy relationships, general education, arts, theatre, and music.

The goal is for Lihue Court Townhomes to offer Teen programming on Monday evenings. The LCT Teen Club will serve as a safe space for Kauai teens ages 13-18 to sing, listen to and play music, watch videos, eat snacks and interact responsibly.