HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

228

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to housing.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that homeownership is the primary factor in escaping poverty and that in the last fifty years, the number of full time residents in Hawaii who own homes in the State has steadily declined. Currently, Hawaii has the tenth lowest homeowner rate of any state in the nation.

The legislature further finds that Hawaii is experiencing the worst housing crisis in the State's history, and that action is necessary to increase the availability of all types of housing including full time resident homeownership housing. The department of business, economic development, and tourism projects that Hawaii will need 66,000 new housing units by 2025 to address the critical shortage of housing.

The purpose of this Act is to establish a home ownership housing revolving fund to provide for the development of affordable for-sale housing projects to facilitate greater homeownership opportunities for Hawaii residents.

SECTION 2. Chapter 201H, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"201H-   Home ownership housing revolving fund. (a) There is established a home ownership housing revolving fund to be administered by the corporation for the purpose of providing, in whole or in part, loans or grants to be used for the development of affordable for-sale housing projects in the following order of priority:

(1) Affordable for-sale housing projects or units in affordable for-sale housing projects that are allocated low-income housing credits pursuant to the state housing credit ceiling under section 42(h) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or such projects or units in such projects that are funded by programs of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development wherein:

(A) At least fifty per cent of the available units are reserved for persons and families with incomes at or below eighty per cent of the median family income and of which at least five per cent of the available units are for persons and families with incomes at or below thirty per cent of the median family income; and

(B) The remaining units are reserved for persons and families with incomes at or below one hundred twenty per cent of the median family income;

provided that the corporation may establish rules pursuant to chapter 91 to ensure full occupancy of projects that receive assistance under this section; and

(2) Mixed-income affordable for-sale housing projects or units in a mixed-income affordable for-sale housing project wherein all of the available units are reserved for persons and families with incomes at or below one hundred forty per cent of the median family income.

(b) Moneys in the fund shall be used to provide loans or grants for the development, pre-development, construction, acquisition, preservation, and substantial rehabilitation of affordable for-sale housing units. Uses of moneys in the fund may include but are not limited to planning, design, land acquisition, costs of options, agreements of sale, down payments, equity financing, capacity building of nonprofit housing developers, or other housing development services or activities as provided in rules adopted by the corporation pursuant to chapter 91. The rules may provide for a means of recapturing loans or grants made from the fund if an affordable for-sale housing project financed under the fund is refinanced or sold at a later date. The rules may also provide that money from the fund shall be leveraged with other financial resources to the extent possible.

(c) The fund may include sums appropriated by the legislature, private contributions, repayment of loans, interest, other returns, and moneys from other sources.

(d) An amount from the fund, to be set by the corporation and authorized by the legislature, may be used for administrative expenses incurred by the corporation in administering the fund; provided that moneys in the fund shall not be used to finance day-to-day administrative expenses of projects allotted moneys from the fund.

(e) The corporation may provide loans and grants under this section; provided that the corporation shall establish loan-to-value ratios, not to exceed one hundred per cent, to protect the fund from inordinate risk; provided further that the underwriting guidelines include a debt-coverage ratio of not less than one to one.

(f) The corporation shall submit a report to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of each regular session describing the projects funded and, with respect to affordable for-sale housing projects targeted for persons and families with incomes at or below thirty per cent of the median family income, the corporation's efforts to develop those housing projects, a description of proposals submitted for this target group and action taken on the proposals, and any barriers to developing affordable for-sale housing units for this target group.

(g) For the purposes of this section, the median family income shall be the median family income for the county or standard metropolitan statistical area in which the affordable for-sale housing project is located as determined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, as adjusted."

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 2019-2020 to be deposited into the home ownership housing revolving fund.

SECTION 4. There is appropriated out of the home ownership housing revolving fund the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 for loans and grants to be used for the development of affordable for-sale housing projects.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 5. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2019.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Housing; Home Ownership Housing Revolving Fund; Housing Shortage; Appropriation

 

 

Description:

Establishes the home ownership housing revolving fund to provide loans and grants for the development of affordable for-sale housing projects. Makes an appropriation into and out of the fund.

 

 

 

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