Housing crunch adds to crisis: Rental exemptions sought for evacuees

Craigslist photo This house, advertised on craigslist as a two-bedroom Keaukaha beach home for rent at $800, was recently found to be an offer too good to be true by a Leilani Estates resident.

A shortage of rental housing in East Hawaii has become part of the ongoing crisis caused by the lava from Kilauea volcano, which has destroyed homes and forced hundreds of lower Puna residents to evacuate.