SA: $600M to fix Native Hawaiian housing program

Hawaii lawmakers propose $600M to fix Native Hawaiian housing program
By Rob Perez, Star-Advertiser, 21 Jan. 2022

Legislative leaders in Hawaii are calling for the appropriation of $600 million to help house Native Hawaiians through a chronically underfunded homesteading program that has fallen short of its promise to return Native people to their ancestral lands.

As the state government faces what is expected to be a budget surplus, House Speaker Scott Saiki on Wednesday proposed what he called historic legislation to provide the so-called Hawaiian Homes program with funding to address a huge demand for affordable housing among Native Hawaiians. The appropriation would be more than seven times the amount the Legislature provided the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, the state agency that administers the program, for construction in 2021.

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SA: Waianae Health Center to distribute COVID test kits on Saturday 1/22/22

Waianae Health Center to distribute reserved at-home COVID test kits to community
By Nina Wu, Star-Advertiser, 21 Jan. 2022

The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center announced today that it will offer a drive-thru distribution of thousands of free at-home COVID-19 test kits this Saturday at Waianae Mall.

All of the tests, however, have already been reserved for the drive-thru to be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at Waianae Mall.

The center said it has received supplies of “Quick-Vue COVID-19 At Home Test Kits” from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to distribute to its patients, staff and the community.

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