HUD Makes Available VAWA Training Materials

HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs conducted two webcasts about Notice H 2017-05, guidance it recently issued regarding the final rule implementing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) (see Memo, 7/10). Although the guidance and webcasts are oriented to owners and management agents of HUD-assisted multifamily housing, advocates could also benefit from familiarity with the guidance.

As previously reported in Memo, HUD is preparing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and invites stakeholders to submit questions to Carissa Janis at: carissa.l.janis@hud.gov

The July 26 webcast explained VAWA requirements for owners and management agents of HUD-assisted multifamily housing. Topics included: applicability, protections, eligibility, notification, documentation, lease bifurcation, the Emergency Transfer Plan, actual and imminent threat, and HUD enforcement. The July 26 webcast is at: http://bit.ly/2v1jfjy, and the slides are at: http://bit.ly/2wq80Pg

The August 1 broadcast focused on HUD and contract administrators’ monitoring and enforcement of VAWA requirements. Topics included: notification and distribution of required documents, proper documentation and record-keeping of VAWA requests and their outcomes, maintenance of confidentiality, contents and execution of a property’s Emergency Transfer Plan, and documentation of admission or transfer preferences given to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The August 1 webcast is at: http://bit.ly/2fcybG4, and the slides are at: http://bit.ly/2v3H9ta