Bill Text: HI SCR62 | 2019 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Urging The Governor's Coordinator On Homelessness And The City And County Of Honolulu To Collaborate And Prioritize Their Homelessness Efforts In The Area Surrounding The Hawaii Children's Discovery Center By Convening A Task Force.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 8-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-04-15 - Report adopted; referred to the committee(s) on FIN with none voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Eli, Gates, Holt, Nakamura excused (4). [SCR62 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2019-SCR62-Amended.html

THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

62

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 


SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

URGING THE GOVERNOR'S COORDINATOR ON HOMELESSNESS AND THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO COLLABORATE AND PRIORITIZE THEIR HOMELESSNESS EFFORTS IN THE AREA SURROUNDING THE HAWAII CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY CENTER BY CONVENING A TASK FORCE.

 

 


     WHEREAS, the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center is an educational facility where children and parents can learn by using their senses to explore, discover, imagine, and dream; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, the first and only children's museum in the State, is located in downtown Honolulu and offers both indoor and outdoor educational programming for children; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center is also a major tourist attraction for many families visiting Hawaii; and

 

     WHEREAS, learning while playing is a key to childhood development, and the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center allows its patrons to do so in a unique facility with four major galleries, each filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center staff continues to work diligently to continue offering its programs, but must do so under unfavorable circumstances; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, parents, and members of the community have raised concerns about the impact of the homeless encampments in the surrounding area; and

 

     WHEREAS, health and safety concerns have been brought up about the outside and parking lot areas of the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, which are often unsanitary and require excessive maintenance; and

 

     WHEREAS, the impact of the homeless encampments has included reports of violence, drug dealing, crime, and other illicit behavior that pose a safety concern for the children and families that enter and leave the Center every day; and

 

     WHEREAS, although the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center staff have operated over the years with empathy and a sense of aloha for individuals experiencing homelessness, the homeless encampments have become so detrimental to the Center and its patrons that it may force the Center to close down; and

 

     WHEREAS, although different community groups, including one comprised of homeless individuals who reside in the area, have attempted to move the homeless encampments away from the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, the homeless encampments still persist near and around the Center; and

 

     WHEREAS, although steps have been taken to address the issue, there has not been a unified approach, resulting in delayed progress, miscommunication, and tension among all parties involved; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center and various community groups have expressed their willingness to work together to address homeless issues; now, therefore,

 

     BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Thirtieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2019, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness and the City and County of Honolulu are urged to collaborate and prioritize their homelessness efforts in the area surrounding the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center by convening a task force; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness is requested to convene a task force consisting of the Director of Public Safety; a member of the House of Representatives; a member of the Senate; a member of the Honolulu City Council; Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Housing; Chief of Police of the Honolulu Police Department; Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center; representatives of vested community partners; and one representative each from the Family Assessment Center, Next Step Shelter, and Kalihi Palama Health Center, if willing, to work together to develop strategies and a plan that will assist individuals and families facing homelessness around the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center and outline the tasks and responsibilities of each stakeholder; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force is requested to develop strategies and a plan that will protect the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center and surrounding areas by preventing unsanitary conditions, littering, vandalism, property damage, trespassing, unlawful entry, and other criminal or illicit activity; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness is requested to act as the Chairperson of the task force and is requested to submit a report of the task force's findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2020; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness, Director of Public Safety, Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Housing, Chief of Police of the Honolulu Police Department, and Chair of the Board of Directors and President of the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center.

Report Title: 

Children's Discovery Center; Homelessness; Task Force

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