Kupuna $800 rent increase was an error
Senior citizens receiving Section 8 at a Honolulu apartment complex received notice their rent would be increasing by about $800.
HONOLULU - UPDATE 9/22/2017:
The Royal Kinau Partnership sent a memo to Section 8 choice voucher tenants. The memo said:
"After some discussions with Section 8, it was determined that there was an error and you should be receiving a revised Notice of Rent Change letters from Section 8 within the next few days with the corrected rent information."
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Monthly rent for several kupuna at a low income senior apartment complex in Honolulu is expected to shoot up by about $800. Anita Parisi is at her wits end trying to figure how she'll scrounge up enough money to pay her rent.
"I feel like I've aged 10 years. I feel like I'm 100 and it's hard at 82 to have all this happen," Parisi explained.
Parisi received a letter just a couple of weeks ago saying her $1157 unit will now cost more than $1900 effective October 1.
"It's just a shock because it's all of a sudden. It's not like you have a couple of months notice. They're supposed to give you two months notice on a raise that much," Parisi said.
Parisi's lived at the Royal Kina'u Apartments for 20 years where she's received Section 8 housing assistance. The program comes with income limits, but she says hers hasn't changed. Now she's trying to figure out how to make ends meet.
"No groceries, no paying my Straight Talk (my phone), no Oceanic, no nothing," Parisi said.
Earlier this month, Parisi said a letter from building management stated she had five days to come up with an extra $600 for September's payment. She claims the building's manager threatened to post an eviction notice if she didn't pay.
"I mean I was in shock and I called him back and he said you're going to be evicted and I said for what? And he said for rent- and I said I'll give it to you OK? He still put it up on my door," Parisi exclaimed.
Parisi tried contacting building owner Platinum Realty to complain but said no one got back to her. So she hired an attorney.
The owner returned Island News' call. The California based company said the increase was approved by the Hawaii Housing Authority.
We tried to reach the agency, but have not heard back.