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FAIR HOUSING ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM (FHEP).

Fair housing laws prohibit discrimination in the rental sale, finance, or insurance of housing based upon certain protected categories. Please see Hawaii's Protected Classes below. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Fair Housing Enforcement Program (FHEP) aims to enforce fair housing laws by determining whether housing providers (landlords, lenders, sellers, etc.) are discriminating against individuals.

 

DISCLAIMER:
This website is designed to provide general information and should not
be utilized as a substitute for professional legal advice.


FAIR HOUSING BROCHURES

 

Fair Housing Program Information

 

Fair Housing for Those Living with a Disability

 

Fair Housing Animal/Pets Brochure


The FHEP offers statewide services to victims of housing discrimination, regardless of their income or assets. If you believe that you are a victim of ILLEGAL HOUSING DISCRIMINATION, please CONTACT US.

 

Fair Housing Enforcement Program

808-527-8024 on Oahu or

1-866-527-FAIR (3247) on the Neighbor Islands.


 

Fair housing laws make it ILLEGAL to discriminate in the rental, sale, financing, or insurance of housing based on these “Protected Classes”:

 

The following are
HAWAII'S PROTECTED CLASSES

 

1. RACE— A person’s race or the race of persons with whom one associates.

 

2. COLOR— A person’s skin color.

 

3. NATIONAL ORIGIN— The country of one’s birth or the nationality of one’s ancestors.

 

4. RELIGION— A person’s religious beliefs or denomination.

 

5. FAMILIAL/FAMILY STATUS— The make up of the family, including size of family, number of children, and pregnant women.

 

6. DISABILITY/HANDICAP— A physical or mental disability, which limits a major life activity like walking, breathing, learning, or sleeping.

 

7. SEX— A person’s gender, including sexual harassment or intimidation

The following are State Protected Classes:

 

8. AGE— The age of a person 18 years or older.

 

9. GENDER IDENTITY or EXPRESSION— Includes a person’s actual or perceived gender or gender-related expression or appearance.

 

10. SEXUAL ORIENTATION— Having a sexual preference or being identified or perceived as having a certain sexual preference.

 

11. MARITAL STATUS— Whether a person is married, single, divorced, or widowed.

 

12. HIV INFECTION


COMMON FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION

 

· Refusal to sell or rent

· Application of different terms or conditions

· Denying availability of housing units

· Delaying Tactics

· Steering

· Advertising

· Intimidation, coercion or retaliatory acts


SPECIAL PROTECTIONS
FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

1. “REASONABLE MODIFICATION” – request for a PHYSICAL change to housing.

 

Example: Installing grab bars in showers

 

2. “REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS” – request for a change in an existing POLICY.

 

Example: Allowing a seeing eye dog in a no pet building