Housing our ‘Ohana
Over the next several years, the state housing agencies will continue focusing on leveraging state funds and reducing regulatory barriers within the state’s control to increase the inventory of affordable housing. As we move forward, we remain committed to the mission of increasing housing for a continuum of income levels, and being strategic about investing the State’s limited resources, both human and financial, to develop long-term, sustainable solutions to benefit future generations in Hawai‘i.
The State’s framework to address homelessness is based upon the ‘Ohana Nui approach, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health’s multigenerational approach that invests early and concurrently in children and families to improve health, education, employment, and other outcomes. ‘Ohana Nui is integrated into State programs, policies, and philosophies to ensure we address the root causes, or social determinants of health, which include healthcare, education, safety, living/work environments, and housing
The housing shortage in Hawai‘i is a long-standing, complex issue that the state alone cannot solve. Addressing this issue requires collaboration between all major stakeholders – state government, housing developers, the non-profit sector and the counties. The Ige administration is committed to working collaboratively on solutions to the housing shortage, many of which are long-term in nature.
“This is about more than increasing shelter beds. It’s about increasing results. For the same taxpayer investment as last year, we’re doubling the number of people getting housed. We are finding better solutions, getting better efficiency, and creating better cooperation.” — Governor Ige