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.
The priorities adopted by the HICH for the calendar year 2022 take into account the long-term economic and social impacts of COVID-19, the potential to maximize the impact of one-time federal resource infusions, as well as the implementation of a multi-disciplinary approach to address homelessness and factors that lead people to become homeless.
The three identified priorities for 2022 are:
- Promote affordable housing for people transitioning from homelessness
- Reduce upfront barriers to accessing existing rental housing inventory
- Support policies and programs that assist key homeless sub-populations with transitioning to stable, long-term settings
2022 Legislative Efforts
- Legislative Priorities 2022 Overview
- 2022 Legislative End-of-Session Report
- Connecting on the Road to Home: 2022 Policy Priorities (January 24, 2022 Webinar)
Hawaiʻi Supportive Housing Work Group
The Hawaiʻi Supportive Housing Work Group was organized by the Statewide Office on Homelessness & Housing Solutions beginning in June 2022 in coordination with the State House Housing Committee Chair, Representative Nadine Nakamura. The formation of this informal group stemmed from momentum that began during the 2022 State Legislative Session with HB1749, which would have established a supportive housing task force to break down silos between stakeholders, improve data collection on supportive housing needs, and develop a path forward to meet the needs statewide. While this bill did not pass in 2022, advocates from Hawaiʻi’s two Continua of Care wanted to continue the discussion on supportive housing.
A case statement report was developed to communicate the Group’s findings and provide recommendations on these learnings:
- Findings & Recommendations from the Hawaiʻi Supportive Housing Work Group
Policy Briefs produced by the HICH, please view the links below:
- Policy Brief on Rental Housing Assistance Discrimination (February 4, 2022)
- Policy Brief on Fiscal Mapping of Government-Funded Homeless Services (February 17, 2022)
- Policy Brief on Regulation of Rental Application Screening Fees for Potential Tenants (March 8, 2022)
- Policy Brief on Medicaid Community Integration Services (May 25, 2022)
- Policy Brief on Landlord Supports and Incentives for Participation in Rental Assistance Programs (June 16, 2022)
- Non-Traditional Housing Report for People Exiting Homelessness (September 15, 2022)