18 May 2006

Hawaii Governor signs $40 m for homeless

8:03 pm on 18 May 2006

Hawaii's Governor Linda Lingle has signed legislation to pump more than US$40,000,000 into homeless programs.

The Star Bulletin reports that after two years of lobbying, the Governor has finally signed three bills into law.

The first bill earmarks $31,600,000 into building new housing and renovating shelters.

The second bill allows the state to lease public lands to qualified nonprofit organizations for as little as $1 a year if the developer guarantees that the land will be used for affordable housing.

And the third bill allows the state to sell special-purpose revenue bonds for any company and government agencies that agree to develop low income housing.