STAND. COM. REP. NO.  382-18


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2018


RE:   H.B. No. 2409

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




     Your Committees on Housing and Health & Human Services, to which was referred H.B. No. 2409 entitled:




beg leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to assist homeless families and individuals by:


     (1)  Establishing a five-year homeless assistance pilot project, the Hale Kokua Project, within the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) to provide incentives and assistance to City and County of Honolulu private homeowners who set aside existing dwelling units, or construct new or improve existing dwelling units, for rental to homeless families or individuals for a five-year period;


     (2)  Establishing a Homeless Housing Assistance Coordinating Committee to provide advisory assistance to the Hale Kokua Project; and


     (3)  Requiring HHFDC to prepare interim and final reports to the Legislature on the status of the Hale Kokua Project.


     The Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii testified in support of this measure.  The Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness and HHFDC commented on this measure.


     Your Committees note the testimony of HHFDC that it does not have the capacity or the expertise to handle a program of such nature as provided in this measure.


     Your Committees have amended this measure by changing its effective date to January 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on this measure.


     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Housing and Health & Human Services that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2409, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2409, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Housing and Health & Human Services,