Domestic Violence and Housing Manual

NHLP has published a comprehensive manual for advocates titled “"Maintaining Safe and Stable Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors: A Manual for Attorneys and Advocates."

The Manual focuses on the rights of survivors who are facing loss of housing, who need to improve the safety of their housing, or who need to relocate. Some of the topics addressed include changing the locks; breaking the lease; defending against evictions and subsidy terminations; seeking remedies for housing discrimination; reasonable accommodations for survivors with disabilities; and the housing protections of the Violence Against Women Act.

The Appendices to the Manual contain a number of sample advocacy documents, including letters, pleadings, and housing policies.

The Manual is available here. Access to the Appendices is limited to legal services programs and Office on Violence against Women grantees. These programs should contact Karlo Ng, kng@nhlp.org, to obtain the Appendices.