HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Programs (OAHP), which administers the HOME program, issued HOMEfires Vol. 11, No. 1, urging HOME housing providers to extend basic Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) protections to tenants while more formal regulations are being developed. In general, VAWA provides protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
The HOMEfires Policy Newsletter reminds HOME participating jurisdictions (PJs) and housing providers using HOME that HUD published a notice in the Federal Register on August 6, 2013. That notice described the impacts of the 2013 statutory changes to VAWA, including extending protections beyond public housing, vouchers, and Project-based Section 8 tenants, to include tenants of other federal housing programs, such as HOME (see Memo, 8/9/13).
HOMEfires Vol.11, No.1 provides a useful, readable summary of key VAWA 2013 housing-related provisions. The basic VAWA protections that the HOMEfires document cites are the VAWA protections from the 2005 law relating to admission, occupancy, and termination of assistance that include:
- Being a victim is not a basis for denial of assistance.
- Incidents or threats cannot be interpreted as serious or repeated violations of the lease or as “good cause” to terminate assistance.
- Criminal activity directly related to domestic violence that is engaged in by a member of a tenant’s household or any guest or other person under the tenant’s control cannot be used as a reason to terminate assistance.
HOMEfires Vol.11, No.1 is available at: http://1.usa.gov/1e01qji