Hawaii: Stop Money Out
COVID-19 is causing a financial burden on Hawaii’s residents, and that is evident by rising unemployment rates and strained welfare agencies. Adding fuel to the fire are eviction letters, foreclosures, and essential utility shutoffs.
The facts are clear: Hawaii’s residents were told to stay home, and now they will be homeless. Hawaii’s businesses were told to close their doors, and now they will close for good.
That is why it is absolutely vital for Hawaii’s state government to stop “money out” practices for the duration of the pandemic, as well as for at least 6 months into the future, to prevent housing and job insecurity and to help jumpstart our economy when this crisis is over.
The State of Hawaii should:
- Place a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures at the residential and commercial level (including no-fault evictions).
- Suspend eviction and tax lien enforcement, including a halt to proceedings already in progress.
- Freeze essential utility collection, including gas, electric, water, sewer and internet/Wi-Fi, and restore essential utilities that have been shut off within the past 90 days.
- Stop any and all money out practices that threaten housing security, including fines from Homeowner’s Associations for petty offenses.
With your help, and the help of your colleagues, I believe we can stop this pandemic in its tracks while keeping Hawaii safe and secure for its residents and visitors. Thank you for your commitment and collaboration on this important issue.