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President's Message
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Primary Urban Center Development Plan (PUCDP) (Charles Carole)
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Have You Faced a Closed Door? Fair Housing... It's the Law! ( Legal Aid Society)
Action Alert - Action Needed Now to Support Clean Air ( LWV - US)

Have you faced a closed door?

Fair Housing: It's not an option! It's the law!

Housing discrimination is one of the most under-reported issues today, yet Fair Housing is one of the most fundamental civil rights that people have. Federal and state laws protect people from being discriminated against on the basis of race, national origin/ancestry, religion, sex, familial status, disability, age, marital status, HIV infections and the use of service animals. Fair Housing laws say that it is illegal to do certain things, such as: deny housing, set different terms and conditions on a lease, provide different housing services, or use advertisements that state a preference on one of these basis.

If you or someone you know may have been discriminated against in any housing related transaction, there are ways to get help and information. The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii Fair Housing Enforcement Program will take initial complaints, give advice, provide information and may help to file a complaint. There are no income requirements to receive help and services are free of charge. You are urged to call soon, even if you are not sure if what you experienced was an illegal act of housing discrimination.

For more information about Fair Housing call the Legal Aid society of Hawaii Fair Housing Enforcement Program at 527-8024 or for neighbor islands call 1-866-527-FAIR

From the Legal Aid Society

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