HAWAII EARMARKS $40 MILLION FOR HOMELESS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, May 18) – Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle has signed legislation to pump more than US$40 million into homeless programs.

The Honolulu Star Bulletin reports that after two years of lobbying, the Governor has finally signed three bills into law.

The first bill earmarks $31,600,000 for building new housing and renovating shelters.

The second bill allows the state to lease public lands to qualified nonprofit organizations for as little as US$1 a year if the developer guarantees that the land will be used for affordable housing.

And the third bill allows the state to sell special-purpose revenue bonds for any company and government agencies that agree to develop low-income housing.

May 19, 2006

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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