Hawaii settles housing discrimination complaint

August 16, 2016
Hawaii's public housing agency has agreed to take steps to remove language barriers for tenants after a Micronesian family that speaks little English almost got evicted when they didn't understand the legal proceedings against them.
     The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii announced the agreement with the Hawaii Public Housing Authority last week, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported (http://bit.ly/2aQkwRS). By settling, the state agency does not admit guilt but has agreed to award Valantin Sirom, and his wife, Sasinta Seremea, $2,000 in damages and strengthen its language access efforts.
     Legal Aid had filed both state and federal complaints on behalf of the Chuukese couple and their family when they faced eviction after two hearings before the authority.