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Rental agreements extended for Lānaʻi educators facing eviction, but housing discussions continue

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Good news this week for the five teachers and two educational assistants on Lānaʻi facing eviction from state housing — their rental agreements have been extended for another two years.

The state sent eviction letters at the end of January because the educators had exceeded the Department of Education’s five-year cap on state-provided housing. That cap is usually waived for teachers on Lānaʻi because of limited housing there.

But are the two-year extensions enough to alleviate future eviction fears? Lisa Galloway teaches at Lāna’i High School and chairs a committee that brings teacher concerns to administrators. The Conversation sat down with her to find out what else needs to be done for affordable housing.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Feb. 23, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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