The 2017 29th Legislative Session convened on January 18, 2017 and the House Majority with my full support and with a renewed focus confirmed its on commitment toward housing:
Housing for Local Families
Construction loans for Private Housing rental and for sale homes
Increase funding for swelling unit revolving fund
Helping the Homelessness
Housing Subsidy and support
Affordable rental Housing Units
Cost of Living
Federal Flood Insurance Fix
Hawaii is a Special Place and People
Protect Public Unions from “Free Riders”
Drinking Water Security
Programs that keep people from falling into homelessness and provide access to permanent housing top this year’s legislative priority list compiled by Partners in Care, a collaboration among 35 nonprofits, advocates and government agencies seeking to end homelessness on Oahu.
Affordable housing is needed for all walks of life and is imperative to tackling the homeless crisis in Hawaii. While there are complications that come with building affordable housing, such as its high costs, it gives us an opportunity to think of innovative ways to provide homes for the people of Hawai‘i. Working to provide for this basic need of shelter will not only reduce the number of our homeless population, but will improve the health of our communities by decreasing disruptions to our children's education and reducing stress, toxins, and infectious diseases for the families. Affordable housing is economically viable as well because it supports the local workforce. Affordable homes are important to improving the quality of life in our Aloha State.
HAWAII HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
News Release - For immediate release
January 26, 2017
Contact: Daniel Holt 808-586-6180 firstname.lastname@example.org
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FRESHMAN KALIHI LAWMAKER SEEKS EXPANDED COMMUNITY-BASED POLICING, FAIRER PAYDAY LOAN RATES, Rep. Holt introduces his eleven bills for the 2017 Legislative Session
Honolulu, Hawaii – State Representative Daniel Holt (Kalihi, Pālama, Iwilei, Chinatown) has introduced eleven bills for the 2017 Legislative Session, including measures on community-based policing and payday lending.
HB 653 which appropriates funds to maintain and expand the Weed and Seed program, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative that involves city, state and federal law enforcement agencies, social service agencies, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and residents to reclaim, restore, and rebuild communities by “weeding” out the criminal element, then “seeding” the community with the appropriate services.
“The Weed and Seed strategy first started in the Kalihi-Pālama/Chinatown area in the early 90’s and has proven to be very successful in the community,” said Holt. “Throughout the years, it expanded to Wahiawā, Waipahu, ‘Ewa Beach, and Wai‘anae. Crime rates, drug abuse, and gang activity has gone down tremendously since then and I want to make sure that this program continues to get funding so we can continue to keep our communities safe and expand it to other areas that need it as well,” Holt said.
Rep. Holt also introduced HB 380 reduces the maximum fee a check casher or payday lender may charge for deferring the deposit of a check from 15 percent to 7 percent of the face value of the check.
“Payday lending provides short-term, unsecured loans to the most vulnerable populations of our community and while it may seem to ease a hardship for the short-term, taking on these loans will create a further hardship on their financial situation. There is a disproportionate number of payday lending locations in my district and I am looking to protect our constituents from these excessively high fees,” said Holt.
Holt also introduced bills regarding contractor licensing, workers’ compensation, and government accountability. To see the complete list of Representative Holt’s bills, go to https://goo.gl/vhxL8s.
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