Advocacy

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Advocacy takes many forms: learning about a topic, sharing knowledge, writing testimony, waving signs, and even sharing a link or post. From January to April every year, IHS advocates for bills and resolutions that expand and/or improve care for homeless individuals, households at risk of experiencing homelessness, and marginalized individuals seeking to reintegrate into our community.

To view IHS’ State legislative priorities, continue reading below or click here.

2024 State Legislative Priorities

Core Services
  • Supportive Services funding through Medicaid
  • Expansion of the Department of Human Services funding for core services

Read about the growing funding gap between contracted services and operation costs here.

Kupuna
  • Increase in permanent supportive housing
  • Funding for wrap-around supportive services at existing low-income/affordable housing sites
  • Increased supportive services funding
  • Establishing Silver Alert Program

Read about the increasing trend of kupuna homelessness here.

Behavioral Health
  • Facilitate the Attorney General to submit Assisted Community Treatment (ACT) petitions by providing training to community case managers on initiating ACT petitions
  • Improve data tracking of consumers subject to MH ER visits found eligible for ACT petitions
  • Support base funding for Homeless Triage Center delivering medication-assisted detox
Community Re-Entry
  • Expand and improve access to supportive services and transitional housing, decreasing recidivism and/or return to homelessness
ALICE (Asset Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) Households
  • Childcare tax credit
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Dependent Care tax credits (including kūpuna care)