HUD VAWA Website Highlights Expanded Housing Protections to Victims of Domestic Violence Across HUD’s Housing and Homelessness Programs
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Multifamily Housing Programs has created a Violence Against Women Act VAWA website. The new VAWA website will assist housing owners, agents, industry professionals, and residents.
The website contains links to:
- The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013
- HUD’s final VAWA rule
- Multifamily Housing program Notice H 2017-05, “Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2013 – Additional Guidance for Multifamily Owners and Management Agents
- July 26 and August 1, 2017 training webcasts on YouTube and associated PowerPoint slides
- A summary of industry questions and answers
- HUD VAWA forms in English, such as Notice of Occupancy Rights, Model Emergency Transfer Plan, VAWA Self-Certification, and Emergency Transfer Request Form. Perhaps because translations in 14 other languages are still going through the Paperwork Reduction Act process, there is no reference to them on the VAWA webpage. Copies are available, however, on HUDCLIPS.
On March 7, 2013, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) was signed into law. The law significantly expanded housing protections to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking across HUD’s core housing and homelessness programs.
To implement the law’s new provisions, HUD issued a final rule, which took effect on December 16, 2016. Read HUD’s press release announcing the rule’s publication. The new provisions build a broad set of housing protections into all of HUD’s key programs.
HUD’s regulation applies to all multifamily assisted housing properties, including those with project-based Section 8, Section 202 and 811 supportive housing for the elderly and people with disabilities; Section 236 and 221(d)(3) below market and reduced interest rate programs; and the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance grant program.
The Office of Multifamily Housing issued guidance to owners and management agents of HUD multifamily assisted housing on the requirements of implementation of the rule in HUD housing programs with program notice H 2017-05 on June 30, 2017. The program notice does not encompass all aspects of the rule and should be used in conjunction with the final rule.
For questions about the website or Multifamily VAWA requirements, contact Carissa Janis in the HUD Multifamily Office of Asset Management and Portfolio Oversight.