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Governor Ige Signs Fourth Supplemental Proclamation on Homelessness

April 22, 2016, 5:05 PM HST
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Governor David Ige. State of Hawai'i Governor's Office photo.

Governor David Ige. State of Hawai’i Governor’s Office photo.

fourth supplemental proclamation on homelessness was signed by Governor David Ige Friday.

“Extending the proclamation will continue the momentum,” said the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness Scott Morishige. “It’s the right thing to do.”

Under the proclamation, the state is able to continue to conduct coordinated efforts with counties to create both short and long term housing projects.

Among the emergency items being conducted under the proclamation status is a 32-unit permanent support project in Kailua-Kona by the County of Hawai’i.

The most recent extension cut the development time by up to a year for units specifically dedicated to homeless individuals, with three housing projects underway.

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“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,” Morishige said. “This is a statewide issue which affects nearly everyone.”

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Since October 2015, the emergency proclamation has temporarily suspended laws that either impede or are detrimental to rapid and efficient execution of emergency function.

The extension will last through June.

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