Fair Housing Policy
The Civil Rights Act of
1968, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendment Act of 1988, provides civil rights
protection to applicants and tenants of rented or leased housing and purchasers of
residential dwelling units. These rights are also included in Chapter 515. Hawaii Revised
Statues which further expands the protection provided by State law.
Together, Federal and
State laws, prohibit housing discrimination based on a person's RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, ANCESTRY/NATIONAL ORIGIN,
SEX, FAMILIAL STATUS, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, MARITAL STATUS, AGE, HIV INFECTION OR SEXUAL
ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY. These are called the "protected classes."
The Hawaii Public Housing Authority will not use the fact that you or any person in your
household is a member of a protected class as a reason to:
1. Print, circulate, post, mail or
cause to be published any statements, advertising or sign, which indicates, directly or
indirectly, an intent to discriminate in any rental transaction
2. Represent that the dwelling unit is
not available for inspection, sale, rent or lease, when in fact, it is available.
3. Refuse to allow a prospective buyer
or renter to inspect the dwelling unit.
4. Refuse to accept or transmit a
bona-fide offer to buy, rent or lease a dwelling unit.
5. Ask questions or use an application
form containing questions that indicate, directly or indirectly, an intent to limit or
discriminate in the tenant selection process.
6. Steer the applicant or buyer by
stating or implying that they would be happier or more comfortable living somewhere else
or in another neighborhood.
7. Communicate, through word or
conduct, in an attempt to discourage the applicant or purchaser from applying for or
accepting the dwelling unit.
8. State directly or imply that the
applicant or buyer will not be considered in the selection process.
9. Require the applicant or buyer to
meet different selection qualifications or subject their application to a different
selection review than others.
10. Refuse to enter into a purchase,
rent or lease agreement, if applicant or buyer is an otherwise qualified applicant.
11. Impose different terms, conditions
or privileges in the use or furnishing of services or facilities connected with a dwelling
12. Establish unreasonable house rules
or rental terms or enforce the house rules or rental terms against only some residents and
not equally against all residents.
13. Refuse to make reasonable
accommodations in the rules, policies, practices or services when necessary to afford a
disabled resident an equal opportunity to use and enjoy the dwelling, including public and
common use areas.
14. Refuse to permit, at tenant's
expense, reasonable modifications of the existing premises, if necessary, to afford a
disabled tenant full enjoyment of the dwelling.
THE HAWAII PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY
SUPPORTS YOUR RIGHT TO A FAIR AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN AND REMAIN IN HOUSING OF
If you have any questions or require
additional information about your fair housing rights, you may call the STATE FAIR HOUSING OFFICER at (808) 832-4680 or TDD (808) 832-6083.
If you believe that you have been,
presently are or may be a victim of housing discrimination, you should call:
Hawaii State Civil Rights Commission
OAHU (808) 586-8636
TDD (808) 586-8692
HAWAII (808) 974-4000, Ext. 68636
TDD Ext. 68692
KAUAI (808) 274-3141, Ext. 68636
MAUI (808) 984-2400, Ext. 68636
TDD Ext. 68692
MOLOKAI and LANAI
1-800-468-4644, Ext. 68636
TDD Ext. 68692
U.S. Department of Housing &
(808) 522-8182, Ext. 269
TDD (808) 522-8193
Portions of this page were prepared with
the assistance of the Honolulu Community Housing Resources Board. The Hawaii Public Housing Authority disseminates this information to further fair
housing opportunities in Hawaii.
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