State of Hawaii is in Non-Compliance of the 2009 HEARTH ACT

Posted on November 24, 2014

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According to Lori Tsuhako,  the State Homeless Program Administrator, Hawaii is in non – compliance of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH ACT 2009). While Lori did not elaborate the details of the failures and Hawaii’s non – compliance,  the fines or penalties, this substantiates the failures our past and current City and State administration and the facts of the severity of our lack of Affordable Housing, Homeless Crisis and the rising numbers of Hawaii’s Homeless Population.

A very tale telling statement by Lori Tsuhako confirmed Hawaii failures in combating Homelessness and the States Non-Complaince  with the 2009 HEARTH ACT, photo by Tina Quizon

A very tale telling statement by Lori Tsuhako confirmed Hawaii failures in combating Homelessness and the States Non-Complaince with the 2009 HEARTH ACT, photo by Tina Quizon

In a “Candy” Coated sweet talk given by Lori Tsuhako, were Lori referenced Candy Games and levels, the speech was a very tale telling statement by Lori Tsuhako.  Emphasizing of the lack of urgency and competence of leaders in attendance at Friday’s  Statewide Homeless Awareness Conference held in Honolulu Hawaii. Lori’s speech confirmed Hawaii failures in combating Homelessness and the State of Hawaii’s Non-Complaince with the 2009 HEARTH ACT.

 

Expensive Grand Ballrooms, Fancy Food, Raffle Prizes while the State fails to combat Homelessness

Expensive Grand Ballrooms, Fancy Food, Raffle Prizes while the State fails to combat Homelessness

The all day Conference was held at the Pacific Beach Hotel, with lots of food, raffles for prizes and many of the Workers and Leaders of Homeless Agencies who have benefited from paychecks, benefits and large funding, from HUD and VA Grants, but continue to fail to help the Homeless, in stopping or combating the rise of Hawaii’s Homeless Population.

Suzann Chun-Oakland, talks about bring more money into the State of Hawaii, but without accountability of Homeless Funds the state will continue to fail and suffer from the Homeless Crisis

Suzann Chun-Oakland, talks about bring more money into the State of Hawaii, but without accountability of Homeless Funds the state will continue to fail and suffer from the Homeless Crisis

While Senator Suzanne Chun-Oakland and  HUD’s Community Planning and Development Director Mark Chandler spoke of bringing in more money to the State of Hawaii.  The reality here in Hawaii is without our Senators and Congressional Delegates,  including Mazie Hirano, Brian Schatz, Tulsi Gabbard holding accountable the City and the State in the management  of Hawaii’s HUD and VA Grants, CDBG and other Homeless funds we will continue to dish out money  without accountability to the State of Hawaii, the city of Honolulu, the non profits, workers and agencies, give big paychecks and benefits to people like Colin Kipin and  Jun Yang,  while failing to solve the States Homeless Crisis.

 

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No push for proper management of HUD FUNDS by Mark Chandler from HUD

 

New Media reports in recent weeks  with the $8 million dollars of HUD Money spent by ORI reflect and reveal the problems with the State of Hawaii and the City of Honolulu in the gross mismanagement and misappropriation of HUD, CDBG and other  Homeless funding.  Colin Kipin, and Jun Yang both spoke, while tossing out more models and statistics, our community continues to suffer from the lack of enough Affordable Housing for families, decades of the State’s failures to build up an Affordable Housing inventory  and mismanagement of funds and inventory by our Elected Officials.  Hud’s recent statements  about the ORI debacle itself demonstrates and continues  to show how HUD itself  is not managing or holding accountable the State of Hawaii, the city of Honolulu, non-profits  and other agencies given HUD Money. The use of the HUD CDBG Money to build a new Laie Fire House on the North Shore,  is a perfect example of improvements and infra-structures that should be funded under Capital Improvement and not HUD or CDBG Money that were originally allocated to serve the States of Hawaii’s crisis in ending Homelessness, maintain and create Affordable Housing here in Hawaii.

Article by Tina Quizon

email: tinaquizon@rocketmail.com

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