STAND. COM. REP. NO.  680-18


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2018


RE:   H.B. No. 2019

      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 Health & Human Services and Labor & Public Employment, to which was referred H.B. No. 2019 entitled:




beg leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to assist homeless individuals in finding employment and connect them with service providers that meet their needs by:


     (1)  Establishing a three-year homeless employment grant program to be developed by the Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness to connect homeless individuals with work opportunities, pay individuals for hours worked while in the grant program, and connect participants in the program with appropriate service providers; and


     (2)  Appropriating funds for the grant program.


     The Hawaii Youth Services Network, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and four concerned individuals testified in support of this measure.  The Hawaii Association for Justice testified in support of the intent of this measure.  The Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness and Department of Human Services provided comments.


     Your Committees have amended this measure by:


     (1)  Requiring the Department of Human Services to develop and implement the three-year homeless employment grant program rather than the Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness;


     (2)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 3000, to facilitate further discussion; and


     (3)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Health & Human Services and Labor & Public Employment that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2019, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2019, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Health & Human Services and Labor & Public Employment,