How Fast Can Government Agencies Turn The Legislature’s $1 Billion Into New Housing?…Lawmakers just appropriated approximately $1 billion to help build homes for residents. Now it’s up to the executive branch to make things happen.

During this year’s legislative session Hawaii lawmakers made a dramatic pledge to create more housing in the islands, appropriating roughly $1 billion for a range of projects designed to help a spectrum of residents, from the homeless to welfare recipients to middle-income households earning nearly $100,000 annually.

Now, the question is how quickly can other parties step in and convert the Legislature’s historic appropriation into housing for residents.

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House Speaker Scott Saiki, who was lead sponsor of a bill steering $600 million for Native Hawaiian homes, said lawmakers worked with agencies during the session to prepare them for the influx of cash.

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