Emergency Proclamation Relating To Housing
Emergency Proclamation Overview
The Proclamation Relating to Housing was first signed by Governor Green on July 17, 2023. On September 15, 2023, Governor Green signed the Proclamation Relating to Affordable Housing, which prioritized the many state and affordable housing projects with the goal of creating thousands of new low-income and workforce housing throughout the state.
Continuing this progressive agenda, the Second Proclamation Relating to Housing was signed on October 24, 2023. Together these proclamations demonstrate our dedicated commitment to breaking down the obstacles hindering the creation of affordable housing and advancing the state’s vision of providing accessible and sustainable housing solutions for our residents.
Second Emergency Proclamation Relating to Affordable Housing (October 24, 2023)
Emergency Proclamation Relating to Affordable Housing (September 15, 2023)
For questions regarding this Proclamation and the Build Beyond Barriers Working Group, please contact the Governor’s Housing Team at [email protected].
Build Beyond Barriers Working Group
The Build Beyond Barriers Working Group (BBB), is dedicated to accelerating affordable housing development through stakeholder collaboration. This group will not engage in policy-making or regulatory changes but will focus on facilitating affordable housing projects. Its main tasks involve monitoring and coordinating various affordable housing projects, assessing housing regulatory agencies’ workloads, and certifying projects for construction. In addition to affordable housing, certified projects can include infrastructure development and brownfield sites with a strong emphasis on fair wages for workers throughout the project’s duration.
August 11, 2023, Build Beyond Barriers Kick-Off Meeting Materials.
September 26, 2023, Build Beyond Barriers Meeting – Canceled
What is a housing emergency in Hawai‘i:
Hawaiʻi has the most expensive housing prices in the United States because we have failed to sufficiently build homes for our residents. Our current housing shortage has led to a crisis of increasing homelessness and migration to the mainland which threatens our ‘ohanas and way of life across Hawaiʻi.
Hawai‘i’s pipeline for upcoming housing developments:
Through conversations with county-level housing directors and developers, our team has created a comprehensive database that we are using to actively track housing developments statewide. Please see below for a summary of our current pipeline, which we will continue to update as projects progress under the Emergency Proclamation.
We have also developed a list of current housing developments that can immediately benefit from provisions under the Emergency Proclamation, as listed below.