On February 9, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and 18 other Senators introduced the Violence Against Women (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022 (S. 3623).
The Bill would reauthorize VAWA federal grant programs through 2026 and modernize the law. We expect to see support of the Bill. Any amendments made by this Act will take effect October 1 of the first fiscal year beginning after the date of enactment of this Act. This means no changes will take effect before October 2022.
The Violence Against Women Act protects both children and adult victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
VAWA protections are currently extended to residents living in properties with HUD Multifamily Housing contracts (MFH), HUD Public and Indian Housing contracts (PIH), the Low-income Housing Tax Credits funding (LIHTC), USDA Rural Development 515 contracts, HOPWA programs and the HOME program.
Title VI – Safe Homes for Victims would expand VAWA’s applicability to the Housing Trust Fund, the Rural Housing Voucher Program, and housing programs for homeless veterans.
To summarize HUD’s requirements:
- Rejected applicants (not all applicants)
- New families at move-in
- Existing residents with the initial notice of termination (tenancy or assistance) Note: HUD Forms 5380 and 5382 are provided with the first notice provided for each new instance of termination.
Note: HUD Forms 5380 and 5382 are not required at each Annual Recertification.
Note: Rules may be different for LIHTC programs.
HUD also encourages O/As to post the VAWA Notice of Occupancy Rights and certification form on their websites and in public areas such as waiting rooms, community bulletin boards, and lobbies, where all tenants may view them.
If you have new staff who need a complete explanation of the VAWA requirements for HUD’s Multifamily Housing programs, we have an RBD OnDemand Violence Against Women Act class available as part of our RBD OnDemand library.