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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE
   IN ACCEPTING TIME RELATED TO EDUCATIONAL AND WORK ACTIVITIES
   REQUIRED OF THOSE RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.



 1       WHEREAS, job training and education have traditionally been
 2   considered key to improving the economic status of families;
 3   and
 4   
 5       WHEREAS, 93 percent of the heads of household receiving
 6   family financial assistance from the Department of Human
 7   Services (DHS) in 1998 were female; and
 8   
 9       WHEREAS, in Hawaii 30 percent of all adult females have
10   below high school education, 61 percent report having a high
11   school education, and only eight percent report having any
12   level of college education; and
13   
14       WHEREAS, in Hawaii those with some amount of college
15   education had an increase in annual income of 39 percent, those
16   with bachelors degrees showed an increase of 68 percent, and
17   those with post graduate education a 117 percent increase; and
18   
19       WHEREAS, women seeking post-secondary education report an
20   overall improvement in the quality of their lives and in their
21   relationships with their children; and
22   
23       WHEREAS, there is a strong association between parental
24   income and the income of their children; and
25   
26       WHEREAS, post-secondary education breaks the cycle of
27   poverty for women and their children and the benefits of
28   education extend to the children of educated parents as they
29   are more likely to seek further education; and
30   
31       WHEREAS, federal law currently allows recipients of public
32   assistance a maximum of 12 months of post-secondary education
33   to count toward meeting the work requirements for recipients of
34   financial assistance programs; and

 
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 1       WHEREAS, in Hawaii, recipients must meet a requirement of
 2   32 hours per week of work activities but only actual credit
 3   hours of class study can be credited toward the requirement;
 4   and
 5   
 6       WHEREAS, this creates extreme hardships for single parents
 7   who attend school full-time because time spent on related
 8   activities, such as study and transportation, can not be
 9   applied toward the requirement under current DHS rules; and
10   
11       WHEREAS, single parents enrolled in school experience high
12   levels of stress caused by the constant juggling of their
13   schedules required to keep up with parenting, working, classes,
14   homework and housework and are at great risk for dropping out
15   of school; and
16   
17       WHEREAS, single parent recipient-students need either more
18   than 12 months to pursue their education or study time needs to
19   be counted as work activity; and 
20   
21       WHEREAS, the State is committed to breaking the cycle of
22   poverty among its people by facilitating the efforts of those
23   seeking education, especially parents who receive public
24   assistance; now, therefore,
25   
26       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
27   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
28   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the Department of Human
29   Services is requested to be more flexible in accepting time
30   related to educational and work activities, such as
31   transportation and study time, to be counted towards the weekly
32   hourly work requirement for those receiving public assistance;
33   and
34   
35       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
36   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Human
37   Services.
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