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Monday workshop on Section 8 rules is aimed at landlords

The Maui News

The Maui Homeless Alliance and the Realtors Association of Maui will be holding “The Landlord Series: Part 1” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at Maui Economic Opportunity in Wailuku.

The free event is part of a series of workshops designed to help those who are facing housing issues by fostering stronger relationships between landlords, property managers and the agencies that provide housing assistance. Current and prospective landlords and property managers are invited to attend the free, informational event.

The Landlord Series: Part 1 will focus on the federal Housing and Urban Development Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) and landlord and tenant rights. Staff from the county Division of Housing and Human Concerns will discuss various elements of the Section 8 program, including inspections and how to become HUD-approved.

A panel discussion on landlord and tenant rights will feature attorneys specializing in the Hawaii Residential Landlord-Tenant Code.

The presentations will be followed by the opportunity to speak with community organizations, including Catholic Charities Hawaii, County of Maui, Department of Veterans Affairs, Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, Legal Aid Hawaii and Maui Economic Opportunity.

The Landlord Series builds upon the Landlord Summit, the annual event aimed at demystifying and destigmatizing support services utilized by low-income and homeless people while educating landlords and property managers. The summit is organized by RAM, the County of Maui and Maui Homeless Alliance.

The Landlord Series: Part 1 is the first of many regional workshops to be organized to educate landlords on the benefits of working with housing assistance programs, said Jason Economou, RAM Government Affairs director.

“These workshops are shorter and more intimate than our annual summit and will allow for more collaboration between attendees and service providers,” he said. “The only meaningful way to address the housing crisis on Maui is as a community, and this is just one way in which we intend to get the community engaged.”

To register for The Landlord Series: Part 1, go to www.bit.ly/maui-landlord-series-1 or search for “Landlord Series” on Eventbrite.com.

For more information about The Landlord Series, contact Meagan Danforth at 873-9516. Donations for the Maui Food Bank will be collected at the event, and attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items.

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