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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
COORDINATING POLICIES AND SERVICES FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE
   RECIPIENTS IN PUBLIC HOUSING.



 1       WHEREAS, although the welfare and housing assistance
 2   systems are designed and administered separately from each
 3   other, their beneficiaries overlap to a substantial degree; and
 4   
 5       WHEREAS, this intersection presents opportunities and
 6   challenges for welfare recipients, housing and welfare
 7   advocates, and administrators of both welfare and housing
 8   programs; and
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10       WHEREAS, due to the nexus between rents and incomes, the
11   Housing and Community Development Corporation of Hawaii
12   (Corporation) is one of the most likely points of contact with
13   families that have had their welfare grants reduced or
14   terminated; and
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16       WHEREAS, the Corporation can play an important role in
17   identifying and helping to remedy wrongful or reversible grant
18   reductions and terminations and in helping their tenants comply
19   with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
20   requirements; and
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22       WHEREAS, the concentration of families receiving TANF
23   benefits in many public housing and project-based Section 8
24   developments is a potential asset to the Department of Human
25   Services (DHS) and their contractors seeking to deliver
26   training and supportive services to families needing to make
27   the transition to work; and
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29       WHEREAS, barriers to delivering services and participating
30   in training programs can be reduced by an on-site location in
31   housing developments; and
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33       WHEREAS, in addition, the Corporation may be able to
34   provide space without cost to the partner agencies; and
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36       WHEREAS, DHS, the Corporation, and housing advocates too
37   often operate on separate tracks, without regard to the overlap
38   in the families they serve and the mutually beneficial
39   opportunities for collaboration; and

 
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 1       WHEREAS, DHS has not yet recognized the potential of
 2   housing programs to provide employment opportunities for
 3   current or former TANF recipients; and
 4   
 5       WHEREAS, effective collaboration between DHS, the
 6   Corporation, and housing advocates could benefit families
 7   impacted by five-year welfare limitations; and
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 9       WHEREAS, successful coordination of housing and welfare
10   policies and programs could enhance efforts to move families
11   from welfare to work and better enable families to retain newly
12   found employment; now, therefore,
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14       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
15   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
16   of 2000, the Senate concurring, that DHS and the Corporation
17   coordinate policies and services for public assistance
18   recipients in public housing; and
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20       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DHS and the Corporation
21   consider the urgency of their collaborative efforts in light of
22   the five-year lifetime limits on assistance benefits; and
23   
24       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DHS and the Corporation submit
25   a report of its collaborative efforts to the Legislature no
26   later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular
27   Session of 2001; and
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29       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this Concurrent
30   Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Human Services and
31   the Executive Director of the Corporation.
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