Project-based Section 8 owners and managers now have a form they can use to ask residents to certify if they are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking.
The Violence Against Women and Justice Department Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA) protects qualified residents and families who are victims of domestic violence or staking from being evicted from their units.
Owners and managers must provide a copy of the addendum to new residents and existing residents.
For questions relating to Notice H 09-15, issued October 1, 2009, contact the Multifamily Housing Assistance Policy Division at (202) 708-3000.
According to VAWA, domestic or dating violence or stalking is not good cause for terminating the assistance, tenancy, or occupancy rights of the victim or the victim’s immediate family members.
The name of the law is the Violence Against Women Act, or “VAWA”. Protections for Victims You cannot refuse to rent to an applicant solely because he or she is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking.You cannot evict a tenant who is the victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking based on acts or threats or violence committed against the victim.