A new report finds a mediation program that started early in the pandemic has kept tenants in housing better than mediation alone.
“I think we expected that the program would have success, but I think we were surprised with how much success it had,” said Ray Kong, legal director for Lawyers for Equal Justice and Hawaiʻi Appleseed.
Hawaiʻi put an eviction moratorium in place at the start of the pandemic, but it was lifted in August 2021.
To prevent evictions, the state passed Act 57, which required landlords and tenants to go to mediation before eviction.
Combined with COVID-era rental relief programs, the program prevented more evictions than either method alone.
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