State of Hawaii Archives: on Welfare & Poverty

David Ige: Affordable housing: 10,000 homes built, 3000 more by 2022

We spent more than $71 million in housing assistance to about 13,700 households who would have faced eviction. This program was cited by Forbes Magazine as a model for the nation in getting rent checks to landlords faster than any other state. The pandemic underscored why having a steady supply of affordable housing is so important for our families' well-being. We achieved our initial goal of building 10,000 new homes by 2020. I am setting a new goal of 3,000 more units by the end of 2022.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Hawaii legislature Jan 25, 2021

David Ige: Lease state land for affordable housing

We need to use public resources to break the cycle of speculation and profit-taking that has turned affordable housing into an unreachable goal for our people. We will be submitting legislation to build condominiums for sale on state lands utilizing 99-year leases. The state will retain ownership of the land under these condos and determine the terms of resale if the owners decide to sell. We will be able to keep the units affordable, plan growth, create jobs, and make the most of unused state lands
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Hawaii legislature Jan 22, 2019

Andria Tupola: Ohana Zones: state-sanctioned safe zones for the homeless

Q: Do you support implementing government sanctioned safe zones ("Ohana Zones") for Hawaii's homeless population?

A: Yes. I support Ohana Zones as long as these zones have a leader, relationships of trust, strict guidelines, rehabilitation and transition programs, and community support. Without these requirements, any public funding towards homeless initiatives should be focused on proven and effective solutions.

Source: Hawaii Gubernatorial Election 2018 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2018

Marissa Kerns: Cut taxes & help businesses first to reduce homelessness

Q: Homelessness continues to be a major problem in Hawaii. What specific proposals do you have to help reduce homelessness?

KERNS: Cut taxes first, help the business community first. The Hawaii small business is the engine of the Hawaii economy, let them keep their money so they can hire more people, including the homeless.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2022 Hawaii Senate race Oct 1, 2018

Andria Tupola: Clearinghouse for decentralized solutions on homelessness

Q: Homelessness continues to be a major problem in Hawaii. What specific proposals do you have to help reduce homelessness?

A: As the problem of homelessness in our state is one of geographically and socioeconomically disparate populations, the state government should serve as a central clearinghouse for a policy of decentralized solutions. Regionally specific approaches should be adopted in conjunction with the current individual needs-assessment approach.

In short, we need to engage, empower, and educate. We need to engage the community by assembling regional teams on each island to include a combination of nonprofits, county and state officials, law enforcement, community organizations, and the homeless themselves. We need to empower the homeless population to better their current situation by evaluating the unique needs of individuals. We need to educate those who are recently housed to prevent them from returning to be homeless.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2018 Hawaii gubernatorial race Aug 9, 2018

Andria Tupola: Increase affordable housing by tax cuts & fewer regulations

Q: What should be done to increase affordable housing, especially for the middle class? What could you as governor do specifically?

A: To increase affordable housing for the middle class, we must first must decrease the cost of living in order for those receiving a median income or below to not only survive, but thrive here. Every individual or family deserves the opportunity to have a fighting chance to purchase a home of their own instead of sinking their hard-earned income into sky-high rental bills each month if they choose. I will prioritize decreasing taxes so that individuals and families can utilize their income more effectively to improve their quality of life. I will increase support for local developers and local jobs so that more dollars can stay here and stimulate our economic growth and sustainability. To increase our supply, I will work toward reducing the burdensome permit waiting period for developers, which will allow building to occur more quickly.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2018 Hawaii gubernatorial race Aug 9, 2018

Bob McDermott: Let homeless sleep in driveways

Hawaii is exploring allowing homeless people to camp in "safe zones" or to rent space in private driveways, to address its homelessness crisis, among the worst in the nation. "I think everyone's just trying to nibble away at the edge of this homeless issue, providing as many alternatives as possible," said McDermott, a co-sponsor of the driveway bill. "Most states, there's plenty of land. We're ocean-locked, we're on an island, and there's only so many places you can go."
Source: Fox News on 2018 Hawaii Senate race Feb 9, 2017

Neil Abercrombie: Keep sidewalks open & clear; homeless into housing for good

Q: What proposals do you have for homelessness?

IGE: Multiple causes of homelessness require multiple solutions: increase the supply of low-cost rental housing for families at risk by increasing funds to the Rental Housing Trust Fund; support the Housing First initiative for emergency housing; and support our State homeless shelters.

ABERCROMBIE: Our administration recognized that if we're going to make progress on homelessness, we'd have to work collaboratively. That's why we established the first-ever statewide homeless coordinator. Just this year, we enacted two laws that will keep sidewalks open and clean, the first step to taking our streets back. Together with the City of Honolulu, we are also working to advance the Housing First program. This program has been adopted in areas across the country with great success. It focuses on getting homeless into housing units as a first step so they can receive the necessary services and care they need to get off the streets for good.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat Q&A on 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial race Jul 23, 2014

David Ige: Build affordable homes and Transit Oriented Development

Q: Hawaii's cost of living is the highest in the country by many indicators. What can really be done to make things like housing, food and transportation less expensive?

A: We must build homes that Hawaii's working families can afford--not luxury condominiums for out-of-state speculators. With average new home prices approaching $700,000, there needs to be leadership to increase the supply of housing at all price points while protecting Hawaii's natural beauty.

The construction of the Honolulu rail system provides the opportunity for Transit Oriented Development incorporating housing along its 21-mile route.

We should reduce the cost of food by increasing local food production. Currently, we import $3 billion in food. Yet over the past four years we've lost more than 2,100 acres of prime agricultural land without a plan for replacing it.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat Q&A on 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial race Jul 11, 2014

David Ige: Increasing funds to Rental Housing Trust Fund for homeless

Q: What proposals do you have for the complicated issue of homelessness?

ABERCROMBIE: After years of neglect, our administration has worked hard to put the state back on the right track. While we have substantial obligations that will take many years to fully address, I am confident now that we are finally tackling the issue rather than kicking the can down the road. The Employer-Union Trust Fund (EUTF) has never been prefunded until my administration came into office.

IGE: Multiple causes of homelessness require multiple solutions. We need to increase the supply of low-cost rental housing for families at risk by increasing funds to the Rental Housing Trust Fund--which the Legislature did this session, support the Housing First initiative to provide emergency housing, and maintain support for our State homeless shelters and veterans outreach program.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat Q&A on 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial race Jul 11, 2014

Brian Schatz: 100% score on the National Food Policy Scorecard

Senator Brian Schatz today received a perfect 100% score on the 2013 National Food Policy Scorecard put out by Food Policy Action (FPA) for his work to make sure Hawai'i families have access to food.

"Having healthy, nutritious food is a basic necessity for everyone, but access to that food may not be so basic," said Senator Schatz. "More than 90,000 Hawai'i families rely on help from the government each month to put food on their tables. We all need to work together to be sure families in Hawai'i have nutritious food."

The full Scorecard for all members of the 113th Congress can be viewed at FPA was created in 2012 to turn shared values about sustainable food and farming into national priorities.

The National Food Policy Scorecard is published to educate the public on food policy issues and provides objective information about the most important food policy votes before Congress. [Press release from the office of the senator].

Source: Hawaii Reporter AdWatch on 2014 Hawaii Senate race Dec 11, 2013

Duke Aiona: The chronic homeless choose to not follow the rules

Q: Homelessness is something that you and the governor have had a lot of accomplishments on. What strikes you about folks on the street?

A: I think it's just humanity as a whole. My faith is such that it is part of our ministry to help those in need, and homeless people are those that are in need. The [category of the homeless] that frustrates me are the ones that are doing it because they want to do it, the ones that choose to be homeless, but they're the ones that choose not to follow rules. They choose to have the independence. "Government get out of my way, leave me alone."

Q: That's what they call the chronic homeless?

A: Yeah. I guess that's what they call them in the social realm. But, they are just people that just don't want to follow rules. That's the most frustrating, because what do you do with them? They are basically, I guess, cheating the rest of society. They are living off of land that isn't theirs. They're not working. They're not being productive.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat Q&A on 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial race Oct 15, 2010

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