THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            79
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF
    HAWAII TO EXPLORE THE FEASIBILITY OF CREATING SOS
    CHILDREN'S VILLAGES OF HAWAII. 


 1        WHEREAS, SOS Children's Villages is a private, nonprofit
 2   organization that was founded in Europe fifty years ago and is
 3   now international; and
 4   
 5        WHEREAS, SOS Children's Villages has successfully provided
 6   safe homes to abused and neglected children in one hundred
 7   twenty-eight countries on six continents; and
 8   
 9        WHEREAS, SOS Children's Villages is based on four
10   principles of the village, home, brothers and sisters, and the
11   parent; and
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13        WHEREAS, each village is a cluster eight to fifteen
14   single-family homes, each reflecting the individual interests
15   and culture of the family, with boys and girls of different
16   ages growing up as brothers and sisters in homes headed by
17   caring and dedicated parents who are carefully selected; and
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19        WHEREAS, each village provides the safe and normal family
20   and home relationships that the child does not otherwise have
21   and that is essential for proper development and assimilation
22   into society; and
23   
24        WHEREAS, in 1994, "SOS Children's Villages - USA" was
25   formed to develop family-based programs for abused and
26   neglected children in the United States who are languishing in
27   the foster care system and suffering from a lack of available
28   foster care homes; and
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30        WHEREAS, SOS Children's Villages - USA is based on the
31   belief that every child deserves to grow up in a safe, loving,
32   and permanent home; and
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34        WHEREAS, there are currently two SOS Children's Villages
35   in the United States, one outside of Miami, Florida, and the
36   other outside of Chicago, Illinois, a third village is nearing

 
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 1   development in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and villages are being
 2   planned in Arizona and Washington, D.C.; and
 3   
 4        WHEREAS, the goal of SOS Children's Villages - USA by the
 5   end of 2004 is to establish five new villages a year in major
 6   urban centers in an effort to serve the greatest number of
 7   people; and
 8   
 9        WHEREAS, SOS Children's Villages enable abused and
10   neglected children to realize the profound dream of growing up
11   in a permanent home with nurturing parents, loving siblings,
12   and a supportive community in order that they may enjoy their
13   childhood and reach adulthood equipped with the tools for
14   independent living and fulfilled lives; and
15   
16        WHEREAS, the Housing and Community Development Corporation
17   of Hawaii is the lead state agency for housing development and
18   programs; now, therefore,
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20        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
21   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
22   Representatives concurring, that the Housing and Community
23   Development Corporation of Hawaii, with the assistance of the
24   Department of Human Services, is requested to explore the
25   feasibility of creating SOS Children's Villages for Hawaii,
26   including financing by public moneys and private donations; and
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28        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Housing and Community
29   Development Corporation of Hawaii report its findings and
30   recommendations to the legislature no later than twenty days
31   before the convening of the Regular Session of 2000; and
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33        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Housing Finance and
34   Community Development Corporation of Hawaii contact the SOS
35   Children's Villages - USA, Inc., at 1010 Pendleton Street,
36   Alexandria, Virginia 22314, phone (703) 683-9020, fax (703)
37   683-9019; and
38   
39        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
40   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Board of the
41   Housing Finance and Community Development Corporation of
42   Hawaii, Director of Human Services, and the SOS Children's
43   Villages - USA.
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