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).

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.

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.