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DHHL panned for lack of aid to troubled homeowners

Homesteaders in default have few protections to avoid losing their homes, critics say

By Rob Perez

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 15, 2013

~~<p>When Maui homesteader Linda Nahina faced losing her home last year, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands offered no help to try to resolve the crisis, she said. The only &ldquo;assistance&rdquo; she received from the agency was a recommendation to attend a household budgeting class.</p>
<p>If Nahina had been a homeowner on non-DHHL land, she would have had access to multiple services designed to prevent foreclosure, financial counselors say. A state law enacted in 2011 also would have required a third-party mediator to intervene.</p>
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When Maui homesteader Linda Nahina faced losing her home last year, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands offered no help to try to resolve the crisis, she said. The only “assistance” she received from the agency was a recommendation to attend a household budgeting class.

If Nahina had been a homeowner on non-DHHL land, she would have had access to multiple services designed to prevent foreclosure, financial counselors say. A state law enacted in 2011 also would have required a third-party mediator to intervene. Login for more...



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