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HUD Announces New Resources for Advancing Housing Protections for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking

February 08, 2023 Print ShareThis

HUD announced new resources to advance housing protections for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). These resources include a new VAWA website, a Notice setting out HUD’s enforcement authority under VAWA, and up to $5 million in funding to provide VAWA training and technical assistance to HUD grantees and other stakeholders.

“No one should have to choose between maintaining housed and staying safe. The Violence Against Women Act makes clear that survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking cannot be denied housing and are eligible for an emergency transfer should the need arise,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “We are making these protections clear on HUD’s website, so landlords are aware of our requirements and survivors know their rights.”

Under VAWA, applicants and tenants of certain HUD rental assistance programs may not be denied housing, evicted, or have their housing assistance terminated because they have experienced domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Additionally, survivors must be able to access certain remedies, such as the ability to request an emergency transfer for safety reasons related to the violence.

View the Full Press Release on HUD.gov


VAWA Interim Guidance and Comment Period

The VAWA 2022 Federal Register Notice provides interim guidance regarding implementing VAWA 2022 for HUD grantees that have VAWA housing obligations. It also poses a few questions for the public concerning VAWA implementation. The 60-day notice-and-comment period expires on March 6, 2023.


Training and Resources

VAWA related resources, tools, and training will continue to be posted on the HUD Exchange as they become available.

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