STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1303-18

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2018

 

RE: S.B. No. 2424

S.D. 2

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Housing and Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 2424, S.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HOUSING FOR NATIVE HAWAIIANS,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to address the affordable housing shortage faced by Native Hawaiians by:

 

(1) Authorizing the construction, use, and provision of loans to qualifying lessees for micro housing units on Hawaiian home lands;

 

(2) Appropriating funds for the construction of micro housing units; and

 

(3) Appropriating funds to build the general organizational capacity of Native Hawaiian-controlled nonprofit housing developers that meet certain criteria.

 

The Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, Hawaiian Community Assets, Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Hoomana Pono, LLC, Hoomanapono Political Action Committee, Paukukalo Hawaiian Homestead Community Association, Hawaii Habitat for Humanity Association, and a few individuals supported this measure. The Center for Hawaiian Sovereignty Studies opposed this measure. The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and Office of Hawaiian Affairs offered comments on this measure.

 

Your Committees note that the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation rather than the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands may be the appropriate agency to administer, oversee, and implement the financing and development of micro housing units on Hawaiian home lands.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Housing and Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2424, S.D. 2, and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Finance.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Housing and Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs,

 

 

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KANIELA ING, Chair

 

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TOM BROWER, Chair