HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1054

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

H.D. 1

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 the severe shortage of affordable housing imposes a tremendous hardship on the residents of the State. The lack of affordable housing options is the biggest barrier for employers to recruit and retain skilled workers, and the reason many Hawaii residents are migrating to more affordable communities in the continental United States. A December 2019 study commissioned by the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation estimates that Hawaii will need to build more than fifty thousand housing units by 2025 to meet the housing demand, with over ninety per cent of the units required for households earning at or below one hundred forty per cent of the area median income.

The legislature further finds that residents are in need of financial support to secure rental units. This can be achieved through a rental deposit loan program that provides no-interest loans to certain individuals.

The purpose of this Act is to:

(1) Establish the rental deposit loan program and rental deposit loan program revolving fund; and

(2) Appropriate funds.

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

"201H-A Rental deposit loan program. (a) There is established within the corporation a rental deposit loan program to assist individuals and families earning between eighty per cent and one hundred twenty per cent of the area median income with obtaining rental housing by providing no-interest loans for security deposits up to $2,500. No-interest loans for security deposits under this subsection shall be repaid to the corporation over a period not to exceed forty-eight months.

(b) The corporation may enter into memoranda of agreement with the counties or eligible nonprofit organization to administer the rental deposit loan program. The corporation shall be exempt from chapter 103D in selecting a qualified nonprofit organization to administer the rental deposit loan program under this section.

(c) Prospective tenants who are eligible to participate in the rental deposit loan program shall be limited to individuals and families earning between eighty per cent and one hundred twenty per cent of the area median income.

(d) A county or eligible nonprofit organization selected to administer the rental deposit loan program shall determine the eligibility of an applicant, including but not limited to the following:

(1) Verification of income between eighty per cent and one hundred twenty per cent of the area median income;

(2) Proof of a rental offering of at least six months;

(3) Evaluation of the applicant's financial resources;

(4) Determination that the applicant is unable to afford both the rental deposit and first month's rent, but is able to afford the rent thereafter; and

(5) Proof of Hawaii residency.

(e) A county or eligible nonprofit organization selected to administer the rental deposit loan program shall enter into a contract with eligible persons and shall award a loan under the rental deposit loan program in which the repayment schedule is set to a specific number of months not to exceed forty-eight months, at no-interest.

(f) A county or eligible nonprofit organization selected to administer the rental deposit loan program may use an amount not to exceed fifteen per cent of the balance of the rental deposit loan program revolving fund under section 201H-B for the costs of administering the rental deposit loan program.

(g) A county or eligible nonprofit organization selected to administer the rental deposit loan program shall:

(1) Keep statistical records on loan recipients, including the numbers of individuals and families served and repayment status; and

(2) Provide quarterly reports to the corporation.

(h) The corporation shall, without regard to chapter 91, establish rules and qualification standards necessary to carry out the purposes of this section.

201H-B Rental deposit loan program revolving fund. (a) There is established in the state treasury the rental deposit loan program revolving fund, to be administered by the corporation, into which shall be deposited:

(1) Funds from federal or private funding sources;

(2) Moneys appropriated by the legislature;

(3) Investment and interest earnings of the fund;

(4) Money received as repayment of loans, including interest and payments received on account of principal; and

(5) Any other moneys received by the fund from other sources.

(b) Moneys in the rental deposit loan program revolving fund shall be used to provide no-interest loans to eligible participants of the rental deposit loan program established under section 201H-A, through a county or nonprofit organizations selected by the corporation to administer the program."

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 2023-2024 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2024-2025 for the establishment of the rental deposit loan program.

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

SECTION 4. In codifying the new sections added by section 2 of this Act, the revisor of statutes shall substitute appropriate section numbers for the letters used in designating the new sections in this Act.

SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New material is underscored.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 3000, and shall be repealed on July 1, 2026.

 


 


 

Report Title:

Rental Deposit Loan Program; Counties; Nonprofit Organizations; Revolving Fund; Appropriation

 

Description:

Establishes the rental deposit loan program and rental deposit loan program revolving fund. Appropriates funds. Sunsets on 7/1/2026. Effective 7/1/3000. (HD1)

 

 

 

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