STAND. COM. REP. NO. 386
RE: H.B. No. 674
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-Second State Legislature
Regular Session of 2023
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Housing, to which was referred H.B. No. 674 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE HAWAII PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to repeal the percentage requirements for the Hawaii Public Housing Authority related to the admission of applicants, with or without preferences, into federal and state low-income public housing units.
Your Committee finds that the Hawaii Public Housing Authority's mission is to provide the State's residents with adequate and affordable housing and suitable living environments that are free from discrimination. However, existing law requires that the Hawaii Public Housing Authority make available a certain percentage of public housing units for applicants with and without preference. Your Committee believes that the repeal of the preference percentage requirements would allow the Hawaii Housing Public Authority to conduct its admissions in a fairer and more appropriate manner based on the State's current needs and availability of funds.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the effective date to July 1, 3000, to encourage further discussion; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Housing that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 674, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 674, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Housing,
TROY N. HASHIMOTO, Chair