Monday, March 31, 2008

Legal Aid Society of HI Represents Seniors Suing HUD

Represented by Legal Aid Society of Hawaii , Seniors Sue U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Keep Housing Complex Subsidized
Eloise Aguiar, Honolulu Advertiser, March 27, 2008
The Honolulu Advertiser states: "A second lawsuit has been filed to ensure the preservation of a senior low-rent housing project in Kahuku, but this time the defendant is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The [LSC-funded] Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and the nonprofit Housing Preservation Project are challenging HUD's action to allow Kahuku Elderly Housing operators, the Kahuku Housing Foundation Inc., to pre-pay its mortgages, thereby releasing the program from HUD restrictions . . . . The lawsuit claims that leaving the program violates a federal law requiring the foundation to stay with HUD for an additional five years for obtaining a rent increase. It got that increase last year, the suit says. Earlier this month, Legal Aid filed a similar action in state Circuit Court against Kahuku Housing Foundation Inc. for opting out of the HUD rent subsidy program known a Project Base Section 8." See also Legal Services E-lert of March 7, 2008.
Legal Aid Society of HI's Wai`anae Office is located at the Satellite City Hall. To apply for their services, call 536-4302 ext. 3.

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