Please support our most vulnerable community members!

ACTION ALERTMahalo to Jenny Lee of Hawai`i Appleseed for this alert!

ACTION NEEDED: Testimony for Saturday, Jan. 31 1:15 pm hearing (SB 392)

LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLD RENTERS CREDIT

HearingSB 392

Community Alliance on Prisons supports this bill because it will have a positive impact on our people restarting their lives after incarceration.

Community Alliance on Prisons supports this bill because it will have a positive impact on our people restarting their lives after incarceration.

Senate Committee on Human Services and Housing

Saturday, Jan. 31, 1:15 pm

Hawaii State Legislature, Room 229

Submitting testimony takes just a few moments–even clicking “support” will tell legislators that our workers need help now.  Please submit testimony by 1:15 pm tomorrow (Friday Jan. 31) if you can, but even late testimony still helps. Thank you for your support!

To submit testimony, sign in at capitol.hawaii.gov, click on Submit Testimony and enter the bill number. To create an account, click here. You can submit full written testimony, fill out the web form with comments in support, or testify in person. 

Some Background

Hawaii’s renters already struggle with the highest rents in the nation. The low income household renters credit helps families afford housing through a refundable tax credit that partially offsets the GET and property taxes that landlords pass along in the rent. But renters have been left far behind as this credit–set at just $50 per exemption for households with income below $30,000–has not been adjusted, even for inflation, since the 1980s. Meanwhile, Hawaii’s low-income residents face the highest tax burden in the country, and renters are not eligible for major housing tax breaks such as the mortgage interest deduction.

Hawaii Appleseed supports SB 392, which would adjust the renters credit for inflation by increasing the credit value to $150 per exemption for households with income below $60,000 and automatically tying future increases in the credit to inflation.

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