January 25, 2018

Hirono Announces $300,000 in Federal Funding to Fight Housing Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced today that the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii will receive $300,000 from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program to assist victims of housing discrimination.


“In a state with such a high cost of living, Hawaii families already struggle to find and afford a place to live. They shouldn’t have to contend with the added burden of housing discrimination,” Senator Hirono said. “This federal funding allows the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii to seek redress for victims of housing discrimination and raise awareness of fair housing laws.”


“We are very grateful to receive this grant from HUD that allows us to continue to work towards ending housing discrimination in our communities,” said M. Nalani Fujimori Kaina, Executive Director of Legal Aid Society of Hawaii. “As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, we thank Hawaii’s congressional delegation in their advocacy and support to achieve fair housing for all.”


Last April, Senator Hirono wrote to the Senate Appropriations Committee in support of robust federal funding for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program.