Report Title:

Homeless; Outreach

Description:

Appropriates funds for outreach workers and outreach services to assist homeless people. (HB2071 HD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2071

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE HOMELESS.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. The legislature finds that appropriate services need to be provided to individuals and families who are homeless, wherever they may be staying, whether they are in a park, a shelter, or on the streets. It has also been discovered that the quicker outreach and other services are provided to individuals, the less time an individual will remain homeless. In addition to housing, food, and clothing, proper referrals are essential to assisting individuals and families in moving from the streets into appropriate housing.

The recent terrorist attacks have brought attention to the plight of those who may be heading towards homelessness. Although the welfare of these individuals and families are paramount, the crisis of homelessness is not new to the State of Hawaii. A recent study of the homeless population in the Ala Moana Beach Park area, conducted by outreach workers, found that between ninety and one hundred individuals currently live in or around the park area. Welfare reform and the weakened economy have added to the already existing homeless crisis, creating an immediate demand for homeless services.

The purpose of this Act is to provide funding for outreach services and two outreach workers to provide services including referrals to individuals and families who are homeless.

SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2002-2003 for costs related to providing outreach services on the island of Oahu. SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2002-2003 to hire two outreach workers to reach the newly homeless and assist the homeless in finding adequate shelter and services to prevent long-term homelessness.

SECTION 4. The sums appropriated shall be expended by the housing and community development corporation of Hawaii for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2002.