HONOLULU — A Hawaii woman who says she was forced to sell her property after the police said she had been a “drug addict” for years is suing her landlord and the state for eviction.
The Hawaii Civil Rights Division filed a lawsuit Thursday against Dwayne F. Jones, whose home on Kapiolani Pointe in Kailua-Kona is on the block where she lives with her husband and daughter, as well as two other people.
Jones, who declined to be interviewed for this story, told KHON2 she has been homeless for three years.
She said she was evicted last year after she told the county housing commission her landlord was “dismissing her for drug addiction.”
Jones filed the lawsuit against Jones and the Department of Housing and Urban Development last month after the city and county decided to move the property.
“We are still in a state of limbo,” said Jessica Ollis, a spokesperson for the Hawaii Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Jones.
“It’s hard to be homeless in Hawaii when you are the one that was forced out.”
Jones’ attorney, David M. Gann, told the Hawaii News Group the lawsuit seeks to clear his client’s name.
He said he’s seeking a temporary restraining order against the state, arguing that Jones’ eviction violates her constitutional rights.
Jones has been on the lam since last June.
She was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal trespassing.
A judge set bail at $25,000 and ordered her to stay away from her property, but she did not comply, according to the Honolulu Civil Beat newspaper.
The property, near the intersection of Ala Moana Blvd.
and Kapiolania Beach Blvd., was the subject of a pending lawsuit in November from an owner named William A. Miho, who said he is homeless.
Miho said he has lived in the property for about a year.
He claimed Jones and other tenants were evicted without notice and that he has been threatened with eviction and bodily harm.
In November, the Department for Human Services ordered Jones and her three co-defendants to vacate the property, which she said was the result of a “lawless and illegal” eviction process that has been going on for months.
Jones told KHUN2 the city has ignored her complaints about the evictions.
Jones said she has repeatedly called the city, asking that it investigate the evicted tenants, but has been ignored.
She said she filed a complaint with the state Civil Rights Commission and that a hearing is scheduled for Friday.