HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The governor has extended an emergency proclamation to tackle homelessness through late June.
The proclamation was issued in October, and Gov. David Ige said the fourth supplemental proclamation issued Friday allows his office to continue efforts to move homeless from the streets.
"Extending the proclamation will continue the momentum," said Scott Morishige, the governor's coordinator on homelessness. "It's the right thing to do. When we consider the number of homeless individuals in our state, we must employ every tool at our disposal to connect these people to homes as quickly as possible."
The proclamation allows the state to suspend procurement laws and send new funds to the issue.
The state pointed to several projects underway that have moved more quickly thanks to the emergency proclamation:
- Three city housing projects are going up in Waianae, Makiki and Chinatown, and will include 52 low-income units.
- A 32-unit permanent supportive housing project is being built in Kona.