"There's got to be a certain point where this becomes a crisis we have to solve in Hawaii," HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said. 

With more than 1,000 teaching jobs currently vacant within the State Department of Education, the Hawaii State Teacher's Association is looking for any possible ways to keep more teachers from leaving and entice new ones to come in.

"Year after year these students are basically denied the opportunity of a quality education because they often are getting most inexperienced teachers, unqualified teachers, we have teachers in these areas that don't even have college degrees. 

At the State Capitol, Senators are fast tracking a proposal that would give housing vouchers of $500 per month to more than 1,300 teachers who work in the state's hardest-to-staff schools.

The money would help off-set teachers' cost of living. 

"It's really hard and even if you really have a passion for teaching the salaries are such that its just not possible for people," Housing Committee Chairperson Senator Stanley Chang said. 

The targeted areas include Nanakuli, Wai'anae, Hana on Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i and parts of the Big Island. 

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee says Hawaii's hard to fill schools see teacher turnover of more than 50-percent year after year.

According to Rosenlee the struggle is finding ways to pay for solutions to the problem.

"That's always where a lot of the times these bills die. They're great ideas about how to solve problems but is the legislature going to find ways to fund them," Rosenlee said. 

The housing voucher bill passed through its final Senate Committee Hearing Wednesday.

The bill is a full Senate vote away from crossing over to the House.