Policy and Advocacy

Policy advocacy is a key part of the State’s approach to addressing homelessness and housing instability statewide.   To support advocacy efforts, the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness (HICH) adopts policy priorities annually at its December quarterly meeting, and the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness and staff convene meetings with stakeholders from both Continua of Care – on Oahu and the neighbor islands – to discuss advocacy priorities and identify emerging issues.   Please view the above videos for information about navigating various County Council sites, joint efforts between Partners in Care and Bridging the Gap, and key advocacy priorities for 2022 and beyond.

The priorities adopted by the HICH for calendar year 2022 take into account the long-term economic and social impacts of COVID-19, the potential to maximize impact of one-time federal resource infusions, as well as implementation of a multi-disciplinary approach to address homelessness and factors that lead people to become homeless.   The three identified priorities for 2022 are:

  1. Promote affordable housing for people transitioning from homelessness. 
  2. Reduce upfront barriers to accessing existing rental housing inventory. 
  3. Support policies and programs that assist key homeless sub-populations with transitioning to stable, long-term settings.

The following is a presentation outlining the HICH 2022 policy priorities and justification, as well as a 2022 End of Session Legislative Report:

To view Policy Briefs produced by the HICH, please view the links below:

To view guides on how to navigate the County Council websites for the four major counties (Honolulu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii), please view the page below:

For more information, including guidance on how to navigate the Capitol website, please check out the resources listed below: