Public Housing Conditions
Hawai`i Appleseed Center has been involved in advocacy to improve the conditions and accessibility of the State's housing projects. For more about each of our specific initiatives, please see below.
This federal class action suit against the Hawai`i Public Housing Authority (HPHA) charges that the unsafe and unsanitary conditions at Mayor Wright Homes violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act. Mayor Wright Homes is the HPHA’s oldest and second largest project with 365 units. The goals of the case include mandating that the HPHA provide mandated accommodations to make units accessible to disabled residents and to eliminate unsafe and unsanitary conditions found throughout the project that exacerbate and cause disabilities. This case reached a settlement agreement in March 2015. Click here to read more.
These federal law suits challenged the state’s decades-long failure to correct the unsafe and unsanitary conditions at Kuhio Park Terrace (KPT) and Kuhio Homes (KH) as violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act. These federal laws prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities and require equal access to government programs such as public housing projects. Kuhio Park Terrace (KPT) is the state’s largest housing complex and is comprised of two 16 story towers that contained 618 units. Kuhio Homes is a 2 story complex comprised of 125 units. LEJ successfully resolved these class action lawsuits. The settlements included the installation of six new elevators, new garbage chutes and fire alarm system, restoration of reliable hot water and implementation of an appropriate vermin prevention program. The settlements also included the implementation of a new policy on providing reasonable accommodations, timeframes for mandated actions and removal of public barriers at KPT and Kuhio Homes. Click here to read more.