HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Chantelle Aguilar
The U.S Senate on Friday approved new funding for homeless programs nationwide and Native Hawaiian housing.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, says the appropriation includes $5 million for the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant program.
The Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant was established under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act. The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will administer the funds.
Additional funds will go to affordable housing programs in Hawaii.
"These additional funds will give our state the resources to help families access affordable housing and services while we continue to implement long-term solutions," Schatz said.
The nationwide appropriation also includes:
- $2.33 billion for homeless assistance grants
- $20.4 billion for rental assistance
- $20 million for 2,500 new housing vouchers for children who age out of foster care
- $3 billion for Community Development Block Grants
- $950 million for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program
- $50 million for Housing and Urban Development Veterans Supportive Housing.
- $218 million to Hawaii for roads, bridges, buses and bike paths, which is consistent with the funding for the transportation bill Congress adopted last year
- And $525 million for TIGER Grants which fund critical infrastructure projects such as the Revitalization Project in Kauai which received $13 million last year.
Schatz is a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban development.