Hawaii Gaps In Hawaii Eviction Moratorium Leave Some Renters Scrambling For Housing

The state Senate passed a bill last year to prevent discrimination against Section 8 renters, but the bill died in the House. Sen. Karl Rhoads said he plans to re-introduce the bill this year during the legislative session that begins on Jan. 20.

Gavin Thornton, head of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice which advocates on behalf of low-income people, said Rhoads’ bill will be a priority this year for his organization.

When the pandemic hit and the state boosted its rental subsidies, “it would have been tremendously helpful to have a source of income discrimination law that didn’t allow landlords to opt out of participating,” he said.

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