Grant counties same powers as state housing agency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Finance on April 2, 2024.

April 2, 2024, 4 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol
Conference Room 308 and Videoconference

To: House Committee on Finance
      Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Chair
      Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Vice-Chair

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


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Aloha Chair Yamashita, Vice-Chair Kitagawa and other members of the Committee,

Thank you for considering SB2337 SD2 HD1, which would allow the counties to finance, refinance and develop mixed-use 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

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


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