Trainings and Webinars

Materials and recordings from NHLP’s past trainings for OVW grantees are available below.

May 29, 2014: Protections for Survivors of Domestic Violence in Rental Housing (for CA advocates)

(Note: This webinar and its accompanying materials were not developed as part of NHLP’s grant award from the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.)

This webinar focuses on the protections for survivors under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013), California landlord-tenant law, and fair housing laws. The webinar also covers the federal agencies’ implementation of VAWA 2013’s housing provisions with a special focus on the Rural Housing Service’s/Rural Development’s effort to implement VAWA 2013. Panelists discuss how attorneys and legal advocates can use these laws to advocate successfully on behalf of their survivor-clients. This session includes new advocacy materials, including a CA early lease termination toolkit, fact sheets, and informational brochures for survivors.

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The Powerpoint slides are available here.
CA early lease termination toolkit is available here.
CA eviction defense packet is available here.
CA lock changes packet is available here.
VAWA 2013 packet is available here.

May 8, 2014: Subsidized Housing Basics, Part 4: Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) and McKinney-Vento Homelessness Programs

This training is the fourth in a series of webinars designed to assist domestic violence advocates and transitional housing programs in navigating the federally subsidized housing programs that are covered by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. This webinar will discuss the major features of federal housing for the homeless and Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA), which are funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the primary federal funding for homelessness services across the nation. McKinney-Vento funds also support domestic violence programs that provide transitional housing and emergency shelter to survivors of domestic violence. HOPWA is the only federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS.
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The Powerpoint slides are available here.
The information packet is available here.

March 20, 2014: Subsidized Housing Basics, Part 3: HUD Multifamily Programs
This training is the third in a series of webinars designed to assist domestic violence advocates and transitional housing programs in navigating the federally subsidized housing programs that are covered by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. This webinar discusses the major features of six federally subsidized housing programs funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

• Section 8 project-based housing,
• Section 202 housing for the elderly,
• Section 811 housing for people with disabilities,
• Section 236 multifamily rental housing,
• Section 221(d)(3) Below Market Interest Rate (BMIR) housing, and
• HOME

We discuss the basics of each program, including: tips for telling what program a client is in; who is eligible for each program; how the admissions process works; how much rent clients pay; rules regarding evictions; and helpful resources.
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The Powerpoint slides are available here.
The information packet is available here.

February 27, 2014: Subsidized Housing Basics, Part 2: Public Housing and Section 8 Vouchers
This training is the second in a series of webinars designed to assist domestic violence advocates and transitional housing programs in navigating the federally subsidized housing programs that are covered by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. This webinar discusses the major features of two federally subsidized housing programs funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): public housing and Section 8 vouchers. Presenters discuss the basics of each program, including: tips for telling what program a client is in; who is eligible for each program; how the admissions process works; how much rent clients pay; rules regarding evictions; and helpful resources.
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The Powerpoint slides are available here.
The information packet is available here.

November 20, 2013: Subsidized Housing Basics, Part 1: Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program and Rural Development Multifamily Housing
This training is the first in a series of webinars designed to assist domestic violence advocates and transitional housing programs in navigating the federally subsidized housing programs that are covered by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The session covers the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, which funds the majority of new affordable housing in our nation. It also covers Rural Development multifamily housing, which is a critical source of affordable rental housing for families in rural areas. The webinar discusses frequently asked questions regarding the programs, including tips for telling what program a client is in; who is eligible for each program; how the admissions process works; how much rent clients pay; rules regarding evictions; and helpful resources.
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The Powerpoint slides are available here.
The information packet is available here (LIHTC and RD Materials).
The information packet is available here (LIHTC QAP Packet).

September 18, 2013: Federal Housing and Language Access Rights of Limited English Proficient Survivors
Domestic violence survivors face numerous barriers in accessing and maintaining housing. These obstacles are substantially compounded when the survivor is limited English proficient (LEP). Federal law requires that recipients of federal financial assistance, including public housing authorities, provide meaningful language assistance to LEP persons. This webinar will address the language access requirements under federal law, including the new requirements under the Violence Against Women Act of 2013; HUD’s and USDA’s LEP guidance; special considerations when using interpreters in the domestic violence context; and best practices for working with LEP survivors.
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The Powerpoint slides are available here.
The information packet is available here.

June 12, 2013: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Housing Protections for Survivors
On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013). The law continues many of the housing protections that had been provided by the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 and further expands these safeguards in several crucial ways. For example, VAWA 2013’s protections apply to additional programs administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as well as Rural Development multifamily housing and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. They further cover survivors of sexual assault, mandate emergency transfer plans and require that housing providers notify applicants and tenants of their VAWA housing rights at three critical junctures in multiple languages. This webinar discusses the new safeguards and review VAWA’s continuing protections for survivors concerning denial of housing, eviction, or termination of rental assistance.
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Materials are available here.

April 24, 2013: Credit History and Access to Housing for Survivors
Survivors of domestic violence can face obstacles to accessing housing due to poor credit history related to the abuse. This session addresses options for survivors with negative credit history who are seeking to apply to housing. Topics include legal protections, advocacy strategies, and practical tips for assisting survivors in applying for housing.
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Materials are available here.

March 20, 2013: Housing Rights of Survivors with Disabilities
Survivors who have disabilities may face barriers to admission or continued occupancy due to their disability. To allow a survivor with a disability the equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling, the survivor may seek a reasonable accommodation, which is a change in a rule, policy or practice. This webinar addresses common housing issues that survivors with disabilities face, housing rights and protections available for disabled survivors and how laws regarding reasonable accommodation may be used to advocate for disabled survivors housing needs.
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Materials are available here and here.

January 29, 2013: Understanding HUD’s Homelessness Programs
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) homelessness programs are critical in helping many domestic violence survivors escape unstable and dangerous housing situations. The programs fund a variety of resources needed by survivors, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, rental assistance, and supportive services. This session provides a basic overview of these programs, including the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Continuum of Care (CoC) programs. The webinar is offered in response to requests for more information regarding affordable housing options for domestic violence survivors. The webinar covers frequently asked questions regarding the programs, including who is eligible for the programs; what type of assistance is available; how clients can apply; protections for clients in the programs; and helpful resources.
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Materials are available here.

November 30, 2011: Subsidized Housing: A Basic Overview for Advocates
Many domestic violence survivors rely on federally subsidized housing to obtain financial independence from their abusers and to avoid homelessness. In this webinar, we discuss the major features of three federally subsidized housing programs funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): public housing, Section 8 vouchers, and project-based Section 8. We discuss the basics of each program, including: tips for telling what program a client is in; who is eligible for each program; how the admissions process works; how much rent clients pay; rules regarding evictions; and helpful resources.
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Materials are available: Outline and Slides

September 7, 2011: Access to Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors with Criminal Records
Many domestic violence survivors have criminal history that is directly related to the acts of abuse committed against them, such as arrests and convictions that stem from self-defense and coercion by the abuser. Unfortunately, some survivors are denied subsidized housing as a result of this criminal history. This webinar provides an overview of the rules that apply to subsidized housing applicants who have criminal history. It covers the narrow circumstances in which subsidized housing providers are required to deny housing assistance, the discretion that housing providers have in screening criminal history, and advocacy approaches for assisting housing applicants with criminal history.
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Materials are available here.

May 26, 2011: Relocation for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors
This webinar provides a basic overview of the options available to survivors of domestic and sexual violence who need to relocate within subsidized housing. Survivors living in public and Section 8 housing often have concerns about whether they can move to escape violence while maintaining their subsidized housing. The webinar discusses issues advocates should be aware of when assisting a survivor to move or “port” her Section 8 voucher to another jurisdiction. The webinar also discusses steps advocates can take to help survivors who need to transfer to a unit in a different public housing or project-based Section 8 development.
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Materials are available here.

March 23, 2011: Fair Housing Rights of Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors
This webinar provides an overview of the fair housing rights and remedies available to domestic and sexual violence survivors. Many domestic violence survivors face eviction or other negative actions by their landlords because of the criminal acts committed by their abusers. In recent years, advocates have argued that fair housing laws prohibit landlords from evicting tenants based on their status as victims of domestic violence. Advocates also have used fair housing laws to protect tenants who have been victims of sexual harassment in rental housing.
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Materials are available here.

February 24, 2011: VAWA’s Housing Protections
This webinar provides an overview of the housing protections of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA protects tenants in certain subsidized housing programs from being evicted or having their assistance terminated due to acts of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking committed against them. The webinar discusses examples of cases in which VAWA’s protections have been used. It also discusses VAWA regulations issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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Materials are available here.

Housing Rights of Sexual Assault Survivors
Training Curricula: Housing Rights of Sexual Assault Survivors
These training materials discuss common housing obstacles that sexual assault survivors encounter, as well as their rights under state laws, fair housing laws and VAWA.
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October 28, 2010: Webinar on Assisting Domestic Violence Survivors in Applying for Housing
This webinar provides basic information on laws that affect survivors when they apply for subsidized housing. It also discusses some of the steps advocates can take to help survivors navigate the subsidized housing application process.
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Materials are available here.

May 25, 2010: Webinar on Housing and Survivors with Criminal Records
Many domestic violence survivors have criminal history that is directly related to the acts of abuse committed against them. Unfortunately, some survivors are denied subsidized housing as a result of this criminal history. This webinar provides an overview of the rules that apply to subsidized housing applicants who have criminal history. Webinar materials are available here.
Sample Documents and Chart
Powerpoint, Survivors with Criminal Records

March 19, 2010: Webinar on Subsidized Housing and Battered Immigrants
Access to federally subsidized housing is often essential for battered immigrants seeking to escape their abusers. This webinar provides an overview of the immigration status requirements for the various federally subsidized housing programs.
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Materials are available here.

October 22, 2009: Quick tips for Assisting Survivors with Housing Issues
This webinar and the accompanying materials outline advocacy strategies that can be used to address some of the most common housing issues survivors encounter. Topics include assisting survivors who have been denied housing, who need to relocate for their safety, or who risk losing their homes due to violence committed against them.
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Powerpoint Slides, Assisting Survivors with Housing Issues
Supplement Materials, Assisting Survivors with Housing Issues

April 2, 2009: Training Curricula for Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors
These training materials discuss common housing obstacles that domestic violence survivors encounter, their rights under federal and state laws, and advocacy approaches.
Powerpoint Slides, Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors
Supplemental Materials, Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors