Several bills relating to Hawaii’s high rate of homelessness are still alive this Session. We’ve included links to the bills, in case you want to check on the status, sign up to testify, or send emails to legislators. Sometimes you will see similar House and Senate bills. If the idea has support, say for the community outreach court, only one of the bills will survive if we pass the idea into law.
Keep in mind that in addition to bills, there will be items in the budget that may also fund programs, services and projects intended to address homelessness.
|HB457 HD1||Establishes a community court outreach project in the City and County of Honolulu, subject to the availability of funds and memoranda of agreements from the Judiciary, Prosecuting Attorney, and the Public Defender.||JDL, WAM|
|SB718 SD1||Establishes a community court outreach project in the City and County of Honolulu from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2020. Requires, under the project, the Judiciary to operate a mobile court that travels to community sites where defendants cited or arrested for nonviolent offenses live or congregate and disposes of the cases after plea agreements have been reached by the Honolulu prosecuting attorney and public defender. Appropriates general funds.||JUD, FIN|
|HB83 HD1||Allows the Department of Human Services to establish puuhonua safe zones where homeless persons may reside. Appropriates funds for establishing the zones.||HMS, WAM|
|HB527 HD1||Appropriates funds to purchase, staff, and operate two mobile clinics to serve the homeless population.||HMS, CPH/WAM|
|SB347 SD1||Appropriates funds for establishing, staffing, and operating two mobile clinics to serve the homeless population.||HUS/HLT, FIN|
|HB1142||Adds the offense of criminal trespass onto State Department of Transportation lands to the penal code.||TRE, JDL|
|SB895 SD1||Establishes the offense of criminal trespass onto state lands to the penal code. Amends the offenses of criminal trespass in the second degree to apply to government agricultural property regardless of whether it is fenced, enclosed, or otherwise secured.||WAL, JUD|
|SB7 SD2||Requires the department of human services, in collaboration with the department of health, to review the progress of the Hawaii pathways project pilot and continue to pursue efforts to utilize Medicaid to provide supportive housing services for chronically homeless individuals. Provides considerations for the department in planning for the expansion of supportive housing services provided through Medicaid managed care plans. Requires the department to report to the legislature.||HLT/HUS, FIN|
|SB717 SD2||Establishes a temporary program to clean up state real property after the departure of persons who have illegally camped or lodged on state real property. Requires the Governor to designate the state executive department responsible for the program. Establishes a temporary sheriff patrol program to enforce laws against illegally camping, trespassing, or being present on state real property. Makes appropriations.||WAL, JUD, FIN|
|HB1240 HD2||Appropriates funds to the Department of Human Services for the coordinated statewide homeless initiative, subject to certain conditions.||HMS/HOU, WAM|