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Hawaii law to limit tenants' stay in public housing advances

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By MARINA RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are moving forward with bill to limit the number of years tenants could stay in public housing if they agree to an incentive program first.

The bill aims to address the long waitlists to get into public housing. During a hearing Monday, the House Housing Committee passed the bill, which would give tenants who agree to a five-year limit priority on the waitlist. They're changing the bill so seniors and disabled people could participate in some incentives without agreeing to the time limit.

Affordable housing advocates say the law won't be effective if there's no affordable housing for them to move to after five years.

A state report from 2015 says the state needs nearly 66,000 homes to meet the housing demand in the next 10 years.

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