GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Governor David Ige extends emergency proclamation on homelessness through June

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 in Latest News, Newsroom, Press Releases

HONOLULU — Gov. David Y. Ige today signed a fourth supplemental proclamation on homelessness, which will remain in effect until late June of this year. The supplemental proclamation allows the state to continue its coordinated efforts with the counties to create short- and long-term housing projects statewide.

Under the most recent extension, the proclamation cut the development time by up to a year for units specifically dedicated to homeless persons. There are three such housing projects currently underway.

“Extending the proclamation will continue the momentum,” said the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness Scott Morishige. “It’s the right thing to do. When we consider the number of homeless individuals in our state, we must employ every tool at our disposal to connect these people to homes as quickly as possible. This is a statewide issue which affects nearly everyone.”

Since October 2015, the emergency proclamation has temporarily suspended laws that impede or are detrimental to the rapid and efficient execution of emergency functions.

Projects currently underway include the following:

  • Three City and County of Honolulu housing projects located in Waianae, Makiki, and Chinatown, representing over 52 low-income units.
  • A 32-unit permanent supporting housing project by the County of Hawaii in Kona.

The homeless state of emergency is ongoing, and an extension is needed to ensure a comprehensive statewide response.  By law, the proclamation automatically terminates in 60 days.

Link to fourth supplemental proclamation on homelessness: http://governor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/UPDATED_4thSuppProcHomelessness1.pdf

 

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Media Contact:

Julie Ford

Special Assistant, Public Affairs

Office of the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness

Office: 808-586-0193

Mobile: 808-208-3712

Julie.m.ford@hawaii.gov