Violence Against Women Act
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2013 expanded housing protections to programs beyond the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) public housing program and HUD’s tenant-based and project-based Section 8 programs that were covered by the Reauthorization of VAWA in 2005. It provides enhanced protections and options for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
HUD issued VAWA regulations in November 2016 that affect Minnesota Housing Programs such as HOME, National Housing Trust Fund, Section 8, Section 811 and Section 236. Covered Housing Programs are required to comply with these regulations.
IRS has not issued implementation guidance for Section 42, but owners of tax credit properties are required to comply with VAWA's statutory provisions. Please review section 5.14 of the Housing Tax Credit Compliance Manual for Minnesota Housing's recommendations on implementing VAWA in tax credit properties.
VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2022
The VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2022 adds to existing VAWA requirements by:
- Prohibiting retaliation against persons exercising their rights or participating in processes related to VAWA housing protections
- Protecting the right to report crime from one’s home
- Reauthorizing funding for fiscal years 2023 through 2027 for transitional housing grants for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault of stalking
- Expanding the definition of “covered housing program”
- Reauthorizing funding for fiscal years 2023 through 2027 for collaborative grants to increase the long-term stability of victims who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and grants to combat violence against women in public and assisted housing.
The Act also requires the HUD Secretary to conduct a study assessing the availability and accessibility of housing and services for individuals experiencing homelessness or housing instability who are survivors of trafficking or at risk of being trafficked and to establish a Gender-based Violence Prevention Office with a VAWA Director. If new regulations are required to implement any of these changes to VAWA, HUD must issue the new regulations no later than March 15, 2024.
Forms and Notifications Requirements
Forms and Notification Requirements
Emergency Transfer Plan
Emergency Transfer Plans
Emergency Transfer Plans (ETP) are a new requirement under the VAWA Final Rule.
- HUD Multifamily Programs: For programs such as Section 8 and Section 236, use HUD Form 5381, a model form for owners and agents to develop this plan.
- HUD Office of Community Planning and Development Programs: HUD requires the grantee or the participating jurisdiction to develop an ETP.
Additional details can be found in the VAWA Final Rule and Minnesota Housing VAWA Guidance Summary.