Violence Against Women Act
Deadline for Comments October 7th
HUD has published a notice in the Federal Registry on the applicability of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013), which President Obama signed into law in March.
VAWA 2013 was a renewal of 1994 legislation protections for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
The bill expands the housing protections afforded to survivors under the 2011 reauthorization of the program. Homeless service programs funded under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Program will be expected to comply with the existing and new housing protections for survivors of violence and assault.
HUD is inviting comments by Monday, October 7.
Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. HUD strongly encourages commenters to submit comments electronically. Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely receipt by HUD, and enables HUD to make them immediately available to the public.
Comments submitted electronically through the www.regulations.gov web site can be viewed by other commenters and interested members of the public. Commenters should follow the instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically.
Some of the additional changes in the law’s protections include:
- Extending housing protections to survivors of sexual assault;
- Adding ‘intimate partner’ to the list of eligible relationships under the domestic violence definition;
- Covering an ‘affiliated individual’ of the victim;
- Requiring each appropriate agency to develop a notice of rights under VAWA for tenants; and
- Requiring agencies to adopt a model transfer plan for public housing agencies and owners or managers of housing.
Click here for our prior post on the VAWA changes.
Click here to read the notice.