STAND. COM. REP. NO.956-02
RE: S.B. No. 331
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 331, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HOUSING,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to streamline the procedures for eviction of public housing tenants who are in violation of their rental agreements.
Your Committee received testimony in support of the bill from the Housing and Community Development Corporation of Hawaii (Corporation). The Corporation's testimony explained that the Corporation had been working with the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, the Women's Legislative Coalition, and resident groups to resolve concerns relating to eviction of public housing tenants. As a result of discussions with these groups, the Corporation recommended that the bill be amended to include provisions ensuring that tenants understand the procedures and their rights before the eviction process begins.
Your Committee has amended this bill to:
(1) Detail the procedures to be used to work with a tenant prior to eviction in an effort to avoid eviction and to ensure the tenants' full understanding of and participation in the process;
(2) Include a grievance procedure that the Corporation must follow before initiating the eviction process for a public housing tenant who is delinquent in payment of rent. The grievance procedure includes:
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 331, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 331, S.D. 2, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs,
ERIC G. HAMAKAWA, Chair