Not a good move, according to advocates, if the state wants to meet its goal of developing at least 22,500 affordable rental units over the next decade.
Only about a 1,000 units have been added to the market in the last two years.
"There are developments going up all over this island that are not affordable and that's only making the problem worse," said Rich.
According to Hawaii Appleseed, one person would need to make $31 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent.
Currently, the average wage of a renter is just under $14.
"People who are working a full-time job should be able to find a place to live," Rich said.
Affordable housing advocates believe several bills introduced at the beginning of the year could have set a foundation for a breakthrough in Hawaii's housing crisis, but many of the proposals have fallen to the wayside.
Still, the fight is not over.
"Please call your legislators and ask them to support more and more affordable housing," said Catherine Graham, of The Housing Now Coalition.