HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii State Legislature agreed on Monday to boost the state's funding to tackle the homeless crisis in Hawaii.
The funding comes just after Governor David Ige extended the state-wide emergency proclamation on homelessness to June. He originally asked the State Legislature for $9 million to help with the issue. Instead, they granted $12 million as a lump sum.
"Give them a lump sum as opposed to be tied down and say ok, this much money is only for rental housing, subsidy, or this money is just for mental healthy services," said Sylvia Luke, Chair of the House Finance Committee.
"There's no one size fits all solution to this particular problem facing our community which is why the funding solution needs to be multi-faceted and flexible as well," Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Jill Tokuda said.
Hawaii has the most homeless people per capita than any other state.
The money would help fund a new homeless shelter at Kakaako and go towards several homeless initiatives like the Housing First Program.