By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are considering limiting the number of years people can live in public housing if they agree to an incentive program in advance.
By accepting a seven-year limit, potential tenants on the years-long public housing waiting list would get priority to move into units. They'd have their monthly rent frozen at the lowest possible level, instead of tying their rent to income.
State Representative Sylvia Luke wants to encourage people to move out of public housing to make room for people living on the streets. People who participate also could open a savings account and the state would match their saved money when they move out.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development spokesman Ed Cabrera says he knows of no other state that sets time limits on public housing.
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