Bill Text: HI SB636 | 2019 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Relating To Housing.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 17-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-14 - Report adopted; Passed Second Reading, as amended (SD 1) and referred to WAM. [SB636 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2019-SB636-Amended.html

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

636

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

S.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 State is in an affordable housing crisis, with a near-term need for forty-four thousand units that are affordable to households making eighty per cent or less of the area median income.  The need for affordable rental units is especially acute for households with low income.  Approximately ninety-three to ninety-five per cent of rental unit tenants have a household income of less than one hundred forty per cent of the area median income in Hawaii.  The lack of supply leads to higher rents for households of all income levels, leaving tenants with less disposable income, ultimately increasing the personal stress of tenants, reducing tenants' quality of life, and exacerbating the population overcrowding and homelessness problems.  Without sufficient affordable rental housing, the future social, community, and economic consequences for Hawaii may be dire.

     The legislature took extraordinary steps to infuse badly needed money into the State's rental housing revolving fund in 2018 through Act 39, Session Laws of Hawaii 2018, which appropriated $200,000,000 in general revenues for the 2017-2018 fiscal year to help meet the State's affordable housing need.  The governor's proposed executive budget for the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium recommends carrying forward that appropriation for the next two years but reduces the appropriation to $100,000,000 for each year of the biennium.  While these actions are a significant step toward fulfilling the housing demands in Hawaii, more must be done.

     The legislature additionally finds that a steady stream of funding for the rental housing revolving fund is necessary to sustain the development of affordable rental units.  The fund's only existing source of dedicated revenue is effectually a maximum of $38,000,000 from conveyance tax revenues.  This Act will allow the State to further its work toward the goal of creating nearly twenty-three thousand units of affordable rental housing.  A consistent and ongoing infusion of funds into the rental housing revolving fund must be the State's priority, as advanced by housing advocates and developers alike.

     The purpose of this Act is to:

     (1)  Accelerate the State's response to the affordable housing crisis by authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds and appropriating funds into and out of the rental housing revolving fund, dwelling unit revolving fund, and home ownership housing revolving fund for the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium; and

     (2)  Allocate a portion of the funds appropriated from the rental housing revolving fund to create permanent supportive housing units for people who are chronically homeless.

     SECTION 2.  The director of finance is authorized to issue general obligation bonds in the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary is appropriated for fiscal year 2019-2020 to be deposited into the rental housing revolving fund established pursuant to section 201H-202, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

     SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the rental housing revolving fund established pursuant to section 201H-202, Hawaii Revised Statutes, the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the purposes for which the revolving fund is established; provided that of the sums appropriated, $           shall be expended to create permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals.

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

     SECTION 4.  The director of finance is authorized to issue general obligation bonds in the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary is appropriated for fiscal year 2019-2020 to be deposited into the dwelling unit revolving fund established pursuant to section 201H-191, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

     SECTION 5.  There is appropriated out of the dwelling unit revolving fund established pursuant to section 201H-191, Hawaii Revised Statutes, the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the purposes for which the revolving fund is established.

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

     SECTION 6.  The director of finance is authorized to issue general obligation bonds in the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary is appropriated for fiscal year 2019-2020 to be deposited into the home ownership housing revolving fund established pursuant to Act    , Session Laws of Hawaii 2019.

     SECTION 7.  There is appropriated out of the home ownership housing revolving fund the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the purposes for which the revolving fund is established.

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

     SECTION 8.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2019; provided that sections 6 and 7 shall take effect on July 1, 2019, only if S.B. No. 878 in any form passed by the legislature during the regular session of 2019, becomes an Act.



 

Report Title:

Rental Housing; Rental Housing Revolving Fund; Dwelling Unit Revolving Fund; Home Ownership Housing Revolving Fund; Permanent Supportive Housing; Appropriation

 

Description:

Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds to be appropriated into and out of the rental housing revolving fund, dwelling unit revolving fund, and, contingent upon the enactment of S.B.  No. 878 in any form, the home ownership housing revolving fund.  Requires an amount of the funds appropriated out of the rental housing revolving fund be used to create permanent supportive housing units for chronically homeless individuals.  (SD1)

 

 

 

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