VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Update

       The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) just recently issued a press release where they highlighted the culmination of their work in preparing new and updated resources to advance housing protections for “survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking” under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) — VAWA Press Release (HUD).  They created a brand-new VAWA Information Page, for starters, and also highlighted their intent to use HUD resources to investigate non-compliance allegations, just like they do for Fair Housing complaints.

       Because you never know when you may find yourself managing a Property with at least one Section 8 voucher holder residing there, we felt it was  important for us to help you become familiar with the new VAWA resources, which include: 

  • A NEW VAWA website ( with a robust FAQ page;
  • A Notice setting out HUD’s enforcement authority (and intent) under VAWA;
  • VAWA-specific training, educational resources, and forms. 

       To learn more about any aspect of VAWA, including Landlord’s obligations and tenant’s rights under the Act, please visit their website at



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