Podcast – The Permanent Address

Season 2 – Episode 1  |  Rental Screening Fees

March 7, 2022  |  Honolulu, HI

Rental application screening fees are fees that are usually collected by landlords along with the submission of an application for a rental unit. These fees are intended to cover the costs of doing screenings such as credit checks on the applicant. Fee rates often are $30, $50, or even more charged normally per adult in a household.

The accumulation of money spent on these fees can become very burdensome for our low-income households, including those who are transitioning out of experiences of homelessness. This can turn into a barrier to accessing housing for many households. How can this burden be decreased?

 

Season 2 – Episode 2  | Housing Voucher Discrimination

COMING SOON  |  Honolulu, HI

Housing voucher discrimination, also known as source of income discrimination, refers to the practice of refusing to engage in rental transactions with applicants receiving rental assistance or differential treatment for those with rental assistance in comparison to those without. Rental assistance usually is in the form of governmental vouchers or other subsidies. This includes Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers from the federal government, Permanent Supportive Housing subsidies, Rapid Rehousing, and now also COVID emergency rental relief. This discriminatory practice often is most visible in many rental ads stating “No Section 8” or “No vouchers.”

Who is affected? What is the impact on our local residents? How much of a problem is this? Tune in to find out more!

 

Season 2 – Episode 1  |  Rental Screening Fees

March 7, 2022  |  Honolulu, HI

Rental application screening fees are fees that are usually collected by landlords along with the submission of an application for a rental unit. These fees are intended to cover the costs of doing screenings such as credit checks on the applicant. Fee rates often are $30, $50, or even more charged normally per adult in a household.

The accumulation of money spent on these fees can become very burdensome for our low-income households, including those who are transitioning out of experiences of homelessness. This can turn into a barrier to accessing housing for many households. How can this burden be decreased?