STAND. COM. REP. NO.1075-02
RE: H.R. No. 73
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Human Services and Housing, to which was referred H.R. No. 73 entitled:
"HOUSE RESOLUTION URGING THE GOVERNOR TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS THE CONTINUAL NEED AND UNMET DEMAND FOR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING AND SOCIAL WELFARE FACILITIES ON OAHU,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this resolution is to request the Governor to convene a task force to address the continual need for transitional housing and social welfare facilities on Oahu.
Hawaii Youth Services Network, Blueprint for Change, Hawaii Psychiatric Medical Association, and several concerned citizens testified in support of this measure. The Housing and Community Development Corporation of Hawaii opposed this measure. A concerned citizen offered comments.
One testifier mentioned that a task force was recently convened that addresses many of the issues in this measure.
Your Committee finds that homelessness continues to be a problem statewide. This measure, as received, specifically identifies Downtown Honolulu as a problem area.
Accordingly, your Committee has amended this resolution by:
(1) Changing the title to read: "URGING EXISTING TASK FORCES TO CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THE CONTINUAL NEED AND UNMET DEMAND FOR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING AND SOCIAL WELFARE FACILITIES ON OAHU AND TO INVITE OTHER INTERESTED ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS TO PARTICIPATE";
(2) Deleting the provisions for the establishment of a new task force;
(3) Requesting existing task forces that are addressing the needs and demands for transitional housing and social welfare facilities to invite interested parties, including community and neighborhood boards, to join in the task force; and
(4) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of clarity and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Human Services and Housing that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.R. No. 73, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as H.R. No. 73, H.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Human Services and Housing,
MICHAEL P. KAHIKINA, Chair