Provide Legal Protections for Domestic Violence Victims in Section 8 Programs

Owners and managers administering a multifamily housing project-based Section 8 program may not evict or terminate the assistance of individuals if the asserted grounds for such action involve instances of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking.

These individuals are protected under the Violence Against Women Act and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, commonly referred to as VAWA. On Oct. 1, 2009, HUD issued guidance (Notice H 09-15) on implementing VAWA in the following project-based Section 8 programs:

  • New Construction;

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