The Fair Housing Enforcement Program by rkg13520


									                                            Honolulu, HI 96813
                                            924 Bethel Street
                                            THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF HAWAI`I
                                            FAIR HOUSING ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM
   Get Help Today
                                                                               Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i

Call the Fair Housing Hotline
                                                                                  The Fair Housing
Illegal housing discrimination can                                                 Enforcement
happen to anyone. If you feel you
may have been a victim of
discrimination, know that you have

                Oahu                                                                    Reasonable
                                                                                  Accommodations and
           808.527.8024                                                          Modifications for Persons
                                                                                     with Disabilities
        Neighbor Islands
          866.527. FAIR

All services are provided free
          of charge.
     There are no income
   eligibility requirements.                                                       Enjoying and Using your
                                                                                               Tel: 808.527.8024

   Funding for this brochure was provided
   by the U.S. Department of Housing and
      Urban Development Fair Housing
             Initiatives Program.
            Need an exception to a rule or change a building feature?
TERMS:                                        FAQ:
                                                  Do I qualify for a reasonable                  How Can We Help You?
 An exception to a rule or policy                 accommodation or modification?                 The Fair Housing Enforcement Program
Example: A landlord allows a service          The 4-Step Test:                                   assists people who believe they have
                                                                                                 been a victim of illegal housing
        animal, even though there is a
                                              (1) Am I disabled?                                 discrimination. Our services include:
       “no-pets rule.”
                                              (2) Is my request connected to my disability?        •   Answering fair housing questions
Fair Housing calls this a reasonable
                                              (3) Do I need my request to use or enjoy my              Assistance with filing a formal
accommodation.                                                                                     •
                                              housing?                                                 complaint with a government
 A physical change to the home                (4) Is my request possible for my landlord?
                                                  How do I ask my landlord for a                   •   Advice about how to assert your
Example: Doorways are widened to                                                                       fair housing rights
        allow wheelchair access.
                                                  reasonable accommodation or
                                                  modification?                                    •   Informational materials
Fair Housing calls this a reasonable          You, or someone for you, may write a letter or       •   Referrals to other organizations
modification.                                 talk to your landlord. Your landlord may ask you         that can help you with your
                                              to prove important information, or may suggest           housing needs
These changes are for                         other ideas.
                                                                                                   •   Educating the community about
disabled persons.                               What if I make a request, but I never                  fair housing rights
                                                           get an answer?                        Please feel free to call our hotline, even
                Disability                                                                       if you are not sure that what happened
                                              No answer could be the same as denying your
        physical or mental                                                                       to you is against the law.
                                              request. It might be against fair housing law.
        really limits a main activity, like          Who pays for a reasonable                         Oahu: 808.527.8024
    walking, breathing, or sleeping.                      modification?                           Neighbor Islands: 866.527.3247
       does not include current               The tenant usually pays for any costs involved
    substance addictions.                                                                              THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY
                                              with a reasonable modification.                                OF HAWAI`I
Examples: multiple sclerosis, blindness,
                                                                                                             924 Bethel Street
            or someone who uses a                                                                           Honolulu, HI 96813
                                                                                                             Tel: 808.536.4302
            wheelchair                                                                                      Fax: 808.527.8088

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