Publications

Hawai‘i School Breakfast Scorecard

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Executive Summary

All of Hawai‘i’s children deserve a good education that opens up opportunities for the rest of their lives. But hungry keiki can’t learn.

In the face of some of the highest food costs in the nation, many Hawai‘i families can’t afford to provide their children with a healthy breakfast every morning. Even higher-income families often can’t find time to sit down for a good breakfast before…

Struggling to Make Ends Meet: The Need for a Working Family Credit

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This report summarizes findings from the Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice and QMark Research poll conducted in 2016 that revealed that nearly half of Hawai‘i families are living paycheck to paycheck.

It also found that six out of seven survey respondents support the concept a tax credits that let working families keep more of what they earn. In Hawai‘i, there are many, many working families who are…

State of Poverty 2016

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In April 2016, the Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice released a report entitled “The State of Poverty in Hawai‘i: How Hawai‘i’s Residents Are Faring Post-Recovery.” The report brings together the most recent available data to provide a snapshot of how low-income residents have fared after the economic recovery.

While some indicators have improved, families continue to struggle. Hawai‘i has the highest cost of living but the…

Financial Struggles of Hawaiʻi’s Working Families

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Hawaiʻi Appleseed’s 2016 survey found that almost half of Hawaiʻi residents describe their financial situation as surviving “paycheck to paycheck.” The vast majority flag high housing costs and low wages as major concerns as well as support tax credits that let working families keep more of what they earn.

The telephone survey of 503 Hawaiʻi residents, conducted by QMark Research in February 2016, revealed the…

Creating a State Earned Income Tax Credit

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The Earned Income Tax Credit is a federal tax credit that helps families work their way into the middle class. Since its inception in 1975, the federal EITC has been hailed as the most effective anti-poverty program in the U.S., improving the futures of low- and moderate-income workers and that of their communities. To read the entire report, click here.

Building a Stronger Hawaiʻi

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Hawai‘i’s Affordable Housing Crisis

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Hawaiʻi Appleseed has released a report, “Hawai‘i’s Affordable Housing Crisis: The High Cost of Our Affordable Housing Shortfall,” that details the severity of Hawai‘i’s housing shortage and the financial strain it places on our working families, compiling the facts and figures that illustrate the dire housing situation facing Hawai‘i. To read the entire report, click here.

Housing is considered “affordable” when a household spends less…

SNAP and the EITC in Hawaiʻi

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Hawai‘i Appleseed’s report, “Helping Make Ends Meet: Increasing SNAP and EITC Participation Among Eligible Households in Hawai‘i,” examines the severe underutilization of these two federally-funded programs in Hawai‘i and recommends new opportunities to build upon current outreach efforts and significantly increase participation in our state. To read the entire report, click here.

Hawai‘i has not only the highest cost of living in the country, but…

Accessory Dwelling Units

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Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are an important solution to the affordable rental housing crisis in Hawaiʻi. Accessory dwelling units are small, separate living areas with their own kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping space that can be built on single family lots and may be attached or detached from a main house. To read the entire report, click here.

Why ADUs?

ADUs create rental housing: On Oahu,…

Reimagining Housing in Hawaiʻi

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In November 2013, Hawaiʻi Appleseed released a report entitled Reimagining Housing in Hawaiʻi, detailing successful affordable housing models like microunits, ʻohana housing, modular housing, among others. These models have been successful in places as diverse as the Bronx, Seattle, Santa Cruz, Alabama, and Amsterdam.

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Creating a Fairer State Tax System and Economy for All Families

In November 2013, Hawaiʻi Appleseed released a report entitled Creating a Fairer State Tax System and Economy for All Families, outlining our 5 policy strategies we aim to pursue in the 2014 legislative session.
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