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SB2337 would let counties finance mixed-use housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Housing on Jan. 30, 2024.
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Jan. 30, 2024, 1 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol
Conference Room 225 and Videoconference

To: Senate Committee on Housing
      Senator Stanley Chang, Chair
      Senator Troy Hashimoto, Vice-Chair

From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
           Ted Kefalas, Director of Strategic Campaigns

RE: SB2337 — RELATING TO HOUSING

Comments only

Aloha Chair Chang, Vice-Chair Hashimoto and members of the Committee,

Thank you for considering SB2337, which would allow the counties to finance, develop and construct mixed-use and mixed-income housing projects just as the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. is allowed to do.

Giving the counties the flexibility to finance these types of developments could increase the housing stock and business opportunities in urban areas and areas near public transit.

In a recent report, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii discussed how mixed-use buildings also boost neighborhood walkability, which “yield positive health outcomes. People lose weight, cardiovascular disease declines, and people report being happier.”[1]

Thank you for the opportunity to testify.

Ted Kefalas, Director of strategic campaigns
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
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[1] Jonathan Helton, “How to facilitate more homebuilding in Hawaii,” Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, December 2023, pp. 15-16.

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