Fred Saunders Retires from Oahu Worklinks – Wai’anae 

Congratulations to Fred Saunders, who retired from Oahu Worklinks in December. We appreciate your years of service to the community, and wish you the best in your new endeavors to help veterans!

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GO RED today!

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Sara Perry byline80Today was Go Red day at the Capitol! In solidarity with the American Heart Association’s heart disease awareness campaign, we all wore RED to work today. Check out the AHA website link below for more information.

Star-Adv: ‘Overcrowding Stresses Waianae Bus Routes’

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By Jayna Omaye
February 5, 2016
Star-Advertiser

Richard Medeiros remembers when he would doze off while standing on the bus to get to work in town. The Nanakuli resident’s one- to two-hour commute started at 5 a.m. on Route 93, and by then he described it as “standing room only.”

“I’ve seen a few times that the bus was so full that other people had to be turned away,” said Medeiros, a member of the Nanakuli/Maili Neighborhood Board. “And I found that really concerning.”

Medeiros, who caught the bus into town for two years until about six months ago, said he hopes something will be done to address overcrowding on some of the routes from Waianae.

City Transportation Services Director Mike Formby said a 3:48 a.m. bus will be added in March to Route 93, which uses a 40-foot single bus that runs from Makaha Valley to downtown Honolulu, to relieve overcrowding. The day’s first 93 bus now starts at 4:03 a.m. Seat capacity is about 40 people, but officials found that the buses at 4:03 and 4:15 a.m. were servicing about 55 to 60 riders, he said.

“If you add a bus, people will sort of redistribute themselves based on their availability to get a seat,” Formby said last week.  Continue reading

Legislative Alert: Public Assistance; Income; Resources; Section 8; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SB 2344) Senate Hearing 02-11-16 1:20pm

Tori McCann color byline 80Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for hearing before the Senate Committee on Human Services.

Thursday 11, February 2016 1:20 pm

Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 016

415 South Beretania Street

SB 2344- Requires the department of human services to disregard subsidies received directly by an applicant or recipient or payments made on behalf of or directly to an applicant or recipient of public assistance from the section 8 housing voucher program of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for purposes of qualifying for the supplemental nutrition assistance program.

Keep up to date on the bill click here: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2344

There is also a house companion to our bill HB 1817

Information on HB 1817  click here: pitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1816&year

The last day to submit testimony is Wednesday 10 February 1:20pm. Testimony received after the deadline will not be put into public record however, you are still welcome to testify at the hearing.

Senate Hearing: SB 2343 (HPHA) on 02-09-16 2:45pm

Sara Perry byline80Good news, SB 2343 has been scheduled for 2/9/16 at 2:45pm in conference room 225.
SB 2343 prohibits any county and the Hawaii public housing authority from limiting the number of tenants in the section 8 housing choice voucher program that may occupy a single tax map key property, regardless of the number of units comprising the TMK. Clarifies that in a TMK comprised of 3 units each unit may have one section 8 tenant.
Here’s links to the bill status and hearing notice:
Please submit your testimony as soon as possible & Spread the word!