SB865 - Passed: Establishes the Ninety-Nine Year Leasehold Program to develop low-cost residential condominium units on state-owned and county-owned land in urban redevelopment sites to be sold in leasehold by the Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority to qualified residents. Provides for the disposition of lands that are acquired by the Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority but no longer needed for the program.
SB1206 - Introduced: Requires the Director of Finance to consider, prior to the selection of a depository for the state treasury, the beneficial effects to the State of using depositories within the State, including but not limited to lending at favorable terms for the creation of certain affordable housing units.
SB1462 - Introduced: Establishes a limited-profit housing associations working group.
SB338 - Introduced: Creates the Department of Housing. Places the Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority, Hawaiʻi Housing Finance and Development Corporation, Office of Planning and Sustainable Development, and Hawaiʻi Public Housing Authority under the Department of Housing for administrative purposes. Replaces the Director of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism with the Director of Housing at the Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority.
SB863 - Introduced: Establishes the Hawaiʻi Residential Developers Loan Corporation and the Hawaiʻi Residential Developers Loan Special Fund for the purpose of enhancing credit and guaranteeing and insuring loans made by private financial institutions to developers of residential housing for Hawaiʻi residents who will be owner occupants and who own no other real property. Appropriates funds.
SB2251 - Passed: Allows the Hawaiʻi Public Housing Authority to develop mixed-income and mixed-financed housing projects. Prohibits the development or construction of housing projects on ceded land that is vacant on or after 1/1/2022.
SB2588 - Passed: Appropriates funds to the Hawaiʻi Public Housing Authority for the rehabilitation, remodeling, renovation, and repair of housing units.
SB2224 - Introduced: Creates the transition-aged youth housing special fund to provide homes for youth ages twelve through twenty-six who face homelessness. Appropriates funds.
SB2228 - Introduced: Directs the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation to study the application of the taxable mortgage securities program to the ALOHA home program. Also directs the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation to issue taxable limited obligation mortgage revenue bonds to finance the ALOHA homes program and other housing programs. Makes an appropriation.
SB2232 - Introduced: Establishes that all state-owned lands located within one mile of any rail mass transit station, excluding lands under the jurisdiction of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, shall be designated as important housing lands to promote the development of homes priced below market rates for Hawaii residents who are owner-occupants or occupants of rental units and own no other real property. Requires state and county housing policies, tax policies, land use plans, ordinances, and rules to promote the long-term viability of important housing lands consistent with certain policies.
SB2235 - Introduced: Requires the counties to address chronic housing shortages by allowing higher density developments to be constructed for affordable housing projects.
SB2236 - Introduced: Requires the Office of Planning and Sustainable Development to identify sites for housing production of enough quantity to meet the housing demand every year for all income levels.
SB2 - Introduced: Clarifies that lands set aside by the governor to the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation or leased to the corporation by other state departments or agencies are exempt from the definition of "public lands". Clarifies that lands set aside by the governor or leased to the Hawaii housing finance development corporation from other state departments or agencies are subject to legislative approval prior to the sale or gift of those lands. Requires the corporation to return any land leased to the corporation by other state departments or agencies if the land is no longer needed for housing, finance, or development. Requires the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation to give preference to individuals on the department of Hawaiian home lands waiting list regarding government or crown lands set aside or leased to the corporation prior to the corporation developing or financing an affordable housing development on those lands.
SB3 - Introduced: Promotes the construction of high density housing within a one half mile radius of a rail station along a rail transit system.
SB4 - Introduced: Prohibits any law, ordinance, or rule from imposing an inclusionary zoning requirement on housing offered exclusively for sale in perpetuity to buyers who are residents of the State, are owner-occupants, and do not own any other real property. Requires each county to submit a report on inclusionary zoning requirements to the legislature every year until the regular session of 2026.
SB5 - Introduced: Establishes the procedures for a housing savings account system for all employees in the State.
SB7 - Introduced: Authorizes the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation the right of first refusal for the development of property for all development on state lands, excluding Hawaii public housing authority, department of Hawaiian home lands, and department of land and natural resources lands and properties, that are within a one-half mile radius of a rail transit station. Triggers the right of first refusal upon a transfer of any property interest, including a leasehold interest, of state lands that are within a one-half mile radius of a rail transit station.
SB2946 - Introduced: Develop housing along the rail allowing them to condemn property as needed and give out 99 year leases for “state lands” aka Hawaiian Kingdom crown and government lands, and exempt lands leased or transferred to the control of HHFDC from the definition of public lands.
SB2648 - Introduced: Makes it clear that lands designated for the HHFDC by the governor or leased to the HHFDC by other state departments and agencies are not considered public lands.
SB2036 - Introduced: Makes it clear that lands designated for the HHFDC by the governor or leased to the HHFDC by other state departments and agencies are not considered public lands. Mandates that the legislature must approve any disposal and that any lands set aside by the governor or leased to the HHFDC be returned to the public trust or the leasing agency in the event that HHFDC no longer requires them.
SB2043 - Introduced: Authorizes HHFDC and Hawaii community development authority to sell leasehold units in residential condominiums located on state lands.
SB9 - Passed: Requires the Hawaiʻi public housing authority to adopt rules without regard to chapter 91, Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes, to reimburse Section 8 landlords for repair costs of tenant-caused property damage under certain circumstances. Appropriates funds.
SB1 - Introduced: Establishes the ALOHA homes program under the Hawaiʻi Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) to facilitate the development of low-cost homes for sale to Hawaiʻi residents on state-owned and county-owned land near rail stations of the Honolulu rail transit system, to be known as the urban redevelopment district. Establishes guidelines within the urban redevelopment district and provisions related to the sale of leasehold interest of ALOHA homes. Exempts lands to which HHFDC holds title and land set aside or leased to HHFDC from the definition of public lands in section 1712, HRS, except for purposes of accounting for receipts from ceded lands. Establishes and appropriates funds into and out of the ALOHA homes revolving fund. Authorizes HHFDC to sell the leasehold interest in residential condominium units located on state lands for lease terms of 99 years. Effective 7/1/2050.
SB12 - Introduced: Authorizes the Department of Education to develop and implement a housing voucher program for full-time teachers employed at a hard-to-fill public school, including a public charter school.
SB229 - Introduced: Authorizes $125,000,000 in general obligation bonds to be expended for purposes set forth in section 201H-202, Hawaii Revised Statutes; appropriates $75,000,000 from the general fund to be expended by the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation to build new low-income rental housing units or to apply funds to existing programs or projects targeting the chronically homeless or low-income renters facing eviction.
SB400 - Introduced: Restricts civil asset forfeiture to cases involving the commission of a felony offense where the property owner has been convicted of an underlying felony offense. Directs forfeiture proceeds to the general fund. Amends the allowable expenses for moneys in the Criminal Forfeiture Fund. Requires the Attorney General to adopt rules necessary to carry out the purpose of the Hawaii Omnibus Criminal Forfeiture Act. Amends the deadline for the Attorney General to report to the Legislature on the use of the Hawaii Omnibus Criminal Forfeiture Act. Limits the transfer of certain forfeiture property to federal agencies. Establishes records requirements.
Despite these accomplishments, there is always more work to do to move the needle on affordable housing. I will continue applying pressure to move money out of the pockets of wealthy developers and into the hands of those who need it. Next session will be another opportunity for continued new, bold legislation.
- Senator Stanley Chang