Hawaii settles housing discrimination complaint

Published: Aug. 16, 2016 at 8:42 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's public housing agency has agreed to take steps to remove language barriers for tenants after a family that speaks little English almost got evicted when they didn't understand the legal proceedings against them.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii announced the agreement with the Hawaii Public Housing Authority last week.

The group had filed both state and federal complaints on behalf of a Chuukese couple, who faced eviction after two hearings before the authority.

As part of the settlement agreement, the state agency has agreed to identify people with limited English proficiency and provide them with free interpretation services as needed.

Housing authority officials could not be reached for comment.

About a quarter of Hawaii residents speak a language other than English at home.

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