HUD Programs: Violence Against Women Conforming Amendments
Almost two years after the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and its advocacy partners filed comments in response to HUD's interim rule on housing protections in the Violence Against Women Act, the agency has issued a final rule that incorporates many of our recommendations.
The rule clarifies such matters as how to document the existence of domestic violence, how to address conflicting certifications of abuse, and how and when to determine whether accommodating a victim would present an "actual and imminent" threat to other tenants. It also obligates public housing agencies to waive limitations on voucher portability in cases of domestic violence, to ensure that victims retain housing assistance in the event of family break-up, and to amend leases to reflect these regulatory developments. This document summarizes the new rule.