CCH Champions Housing Issues During the Legislative Session

Helping Hawai‘i residents obtain and keep housing that is safe, clean, and affordable is a key goal of Catholic Charities Hawai‘i’s Housing and Referral Programs. Some of the critical issues we support are:

Rental Housing Revolving Fund (RHRF), which channels funds into low-income rental development. This fund is a major viable way Hawai‘i can increase its inventory of critically-needed truly affordable rental housing.

Support a financial provision of $16.5 million to be added to the base State budget to provide stable funding of proven-effective homeless service programs such as: Outreach, Rapid Rehousing, Housing First and LEAD statewide.

Continuation of the Family Assessment Center (FAC) in Kakaako. This project has been a tremendous success. Funding for the Family Assessment Centers on the neighboring islands and other areas of Oahu are essential to housing families.

Support of a pilot rental assistance program to provide added assistance to families and kupuna who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness and challenged with increasing their income.

Earlier this month, CCH’s legislative liaison Betty Lou Larson was a guest on the Rick Hamada “Road To Home” radio show to discuss homelessness and share possible affordable housing solutions for our community as we work our way through the legislative session.