HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2254

TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2018

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to homelessness.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that homelessness is a critical issue in the State. Furthermore, the increasing number of illegal homeless camps are a threat to public health and safety. The legislature further finds that innovative solutions are needed to provide alternative living options for homeless individuals. A popular employment trend with private campgrounds across the nation provide citizens the opportunity to stay at campsites in exchange for their services in maintaining the park grounds and other park-related resources.

Accordingly, this Act requires the department of land and natural resources to establish a park maintenance campsite program to provide a new alternative to illegal homeless encampments. The program shall provide homeless individuals and families with legal campsites at state parks in exchange for maintaining park grounds.

SECTION 2. Chapter 346, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part XVII be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"346 Park maintenance campsite program. (a) The department of land and natural resources shall implement a park maintenance campsite program to provide homeless individuals and families with legal campsites on park grounds in exchange for maintaining park grounds.

(b) The department shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 to effectuate the purposes of this section provided that the program meets the following requirements:

(1) Volunteers must be an adult over the age of eighteen years;

(2) Volunteers shall not be required to work more than twenty-five hours per week; and

(3) Campsites provided must be suitable for a tent or other temporary dwelling, have access to public bathrooms and showers, and have a place suitable to build a fire for cooking.

(c) Compliance with program rules shall afford program participants the continued right to occupy the provided campsite."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

DLNR; Homelessness, Alternative Living, Park Campsite Program

 

Description:

This Act instructs DLNR to create a park maintenance campsite program which provides homeless individuals and families with legal campsites at parks in exchange for their services maintaining park grounds.

 

 

 

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