VAWA 2013

Federal laws and policies have a significant impact on survivors' access to housing, and address topics including housing discrimination, emergency transfers, public housing, homelessness prevention, and more. This page provides links to the Violence Against Women Act, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the HEARTH Act, and other relevant provisions in the law.

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Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

On March 7, 2013, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) was signed into law. The law significantly expands housing protections to HUD programs beyond HUD’s public housing program and HUD’s tenant-based and project based Section 8 programs (collectively, the Section 8 programs) that were covered by the 2005 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA 2005). Additionally, the 2013 law provides enhanced protections and options for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. HUD modified its administrative practices to incorporate the core protections, but the more expansive protections required a change in regulation.

Read definitions of terms under VAWA here.

Find VAWA’s provisions related to housing protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking here.

Read VAWA’s confidentiality provisions here.

Find the language establishing and outlining VAWA’s Transitional Housing Assistance Grants Program here.

Final Rule - Conforming STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program Regulations to Statutory Change; Definitions and Confidentiality Requirements Applicable to All OVW Grant Programs

2016
U.S. Department of Justice

This final rule, published by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, updates the regulations covering the STOP Grant Program and general provisions governing OVW grant programs, including definitions and requirements for nondisclosure of confidential information about victims as outline in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

HUD Final Rule - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Implementation in HUD Housing Programs

2016
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

This final HUD regulation implements the requirements of the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which applies for all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and which must be applied consistent with all nondiscrimination and fair housing requirements. Specifically, this rule amends HUD’s generally applicable regulations, HUD’s regulations for the public housing and Section 8 programs that already pertain to VAWA, and the regulations of programs newly covered by VAWA 2013. The effective date of the Final Rule is December 16, 2016. Compliance with the rule with respect to completing an emergency transfer plan and providing emergency transfers, and associated recordkeeping and reporting requirements, is required no later than May 15, 2017. Note that the Appendix to the rule includes key forms, a model emergency transfer plan, and a notice of occupancy rights under VAWA.

Collection of HUD VAWA Forms

2017
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

This site houses HUD VAWA Forms 5 through 5974, including the VAWA notice of occupancy rights, VAWA self-certification form, model emergency transfer plan, and emergency transfer request form. Many of the forms are also available in additional languages, including Spanish, Armenian, Cambodian, Creole, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Chinese, Russian, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Notice - The Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005: Applicability to HUD Programs

2007
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

This notice addresses inquiries to HUD about the applicability to HUD programs of certain provisions of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, as amended by a technical corrections bill signed into law in August 2006, and HUD’s plans to issue rules or guidance on this law.

Notice - VAWA Guidance for Multifamily Owners and Management Agents

2017
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

This HUD notice provides guidance to owners and management agents (O/As) of HUD multifamily assisted housing on the requirements of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Implementation in HUD Housing Programs, Final Rule, published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2016, (81 Fed. Reg. 80724
(November 16, 2016)) (VAWA Final Rule). This notice does not encompass every aspect of the VAWA Final Rule and should be used in conjunction with the VAWA Final Rule. This notice supersedes Housing Notices H 2010-23 and H 2009-15. 

2017 Advocates' Guide

2017
National Low Income Housing Coalition

An educational primer on federal programs and resources related to affordable housing and community development. Includes chapters on the National Housing Trust Fund, special housing issues (including housing needs of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking), and information on tools and types of housing programs.