Frequently Asked Questions about VAWA Housing Provisions
This fact sheet was originally created in March 2006, then updated in January 2008. It outlines and explains the housing provisions
and protections under the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA).
VAWA includes new programs and amends existing programs to
further aid victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and
stalking in obtaining public housing. Some of the new provisions include:
that victims of domestic violence are not evicted from or denied housing
because they are a victim;
the needs of victims in the housing process;
safety and privacy for the victims;
that federal grant programs address domestic violence through policy
long-term affordable housing for survivors of domestic violence.