NOTICE OF VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING
(for consultation on housing needs)
Pursuant to 24 CFR Part 91, notice is hereby given that the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC), Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, State of Hawaii, will prepare an Annual Action Plan (AAP) for Program Year 2022-2023 (PY2022), as part of the Consolidated Plan (CP) process. In preparation for this AAP, HHFDC will consult with local governments and residents at public hearings to be held in each county. In support of ongoing efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, hearings will be held via electronic means. In the City & County of Honolulu (City), HHFDC will conduct a virtual hearing jointly with the City’s Department of Budget and Fiscal Services on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. In addition to the PY2022 AAP, the City will cover its Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Program Year 2021-2022 (PY2021).
Connectivity information on attending the virtual public hearing follows:
Join on your computer or mobile app: See Notice of Public Hearing on
HHFDC’s website at www.dbedt.hawaii.gov/hhfdc
Or call in (audio only):
+1 808-829-4853, Phone Conference ID: 144831643#
The CP’s purpose is to ensure that jurisdictions receiving federal assistance plan for the housing and related needs of low- and moderate-income families in a way that improves the availability and affordability of decent, safe, and sanitary housing in suitable living environments. To receive funding under certain U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, the State must have a housing strategy that has been approved by HUD.
The State and City’s AAP will describe funding plans for the coming program year and certifies program compliance with the CP, HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), National Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs. The City’s AAP will also include its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
The City’s draft CAPER describes its accomplishments during PY2021. A copy of the draft CAPER will be posted to the City’s website, on or before September 9, 2021, at http://www.honolulu.gov/cdbg. A hard copy of the draft CAPER will be made available upon request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested parties may submit written comments on the City’s draft CAPER by September 24, 2021 to the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, Federal Grants Unit, 925 Dillingham Boulevard, Room 240, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96817 or by email to email@example.com. The final CAPER will be submitted to HUD on or before September 30, 2021.
For PY2022, the State anticipates receiving approximately $3,000,000 in HOME funds, $450,000 in ESG funds, and $250,000 in HOPWA funds, for use primarily in the Counties of Hawaii, Kauai and Maui. An additional $6,413,733 in PY2021 HOME funds under the American Rescue Plan Act is also anticipated. Approximately $3,000,000 is anticipated under the HTF program, which may be used in the Counties of Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, and the City and County of Honolulu. These HUD programs provide funding to expand the supply of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families, restrict increases in homelessness, and provide preventative programs and activities for the homeless in the State. Information on the City’s programs can be found on its website at http://www.honolulu.gov/cdbg.
An Informational Packet and an Addendum to the Informational Packet, describing HHFDC’s HOME, HTF, ESG and HOPWA programs, are posted on HHFDC’s website at http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/hhfdc and are available for public viewing at the following Public Libraries: Hilo, Island of Hawaii; Lihue, Island of Kauai; Kahului, Island of Maui; Kaimuki, Kaneohe, Pearl City, Hawaii State Library’s Documents Center, and UH Library’s Serials Receiving, Island of Oahu.
To receive a copy by mail, interested persons may call (808) 587-0634; neighbor island county residents may call toll free, extension 70634:
From Kauai: 274-3141 From Maui: 984-2400
From Molokai/Lanai: 1-800-468-4644 From Hawaii: 974-4000
Interested persons are invited to attend the virtual hearing and state their views, orally or in writing, related to the housing and homeless needs to be considered in developing the State’s and/or the City’s AAPs, and on the City’s CAPER.
Please submit written testimony via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by U. S. mail to HHFDC, 677 Queen Street, Suite 300, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813, or by fax to (808) 587-0600 by 4:30 p.m. on or before the day of the hearing. Written testimony on the City’s AAP or CAPER may be sent to the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, Federal Grants Unit,
925 Dillingham Boulevard, Room 240, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96817 or by email to email@example.com. Comments and testimony received will be considered in preparing the State’s and City’s final AAPs and the City’s final CAPER. Written testimony and comments on the City’s draft CAPER must be received by
September 24, 2021.
If access or communication assistance and/or services (e.g., large print, taped materials, sign language interpreter, or translator) are required to participate in this public hearing, please contact the HHFDC’s Human Resources Office at 587-0501, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax at 587-0600, or by written request by September 3, 2021. Requests for access or communication assistance may also be made by contacting the City’s Department of Budget and Fiscal Services by email at email@example.com. Prompt requests help to ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations.
The HHFDC and the City do not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, including gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, familial status, ancestry, age, marital status, or HIV infection.
Denise Iseri-Matsubara, HHFDC Executive Director