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State Law Compendium: Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors

This Compendium compiles state and local laws that affect domestic violence survivors’ housing rights. It is designed to serve as a starting point for advocates seeking to conduct research on the housing protections that their state and local laws offer for domestic violence survivors. Examples of such protections include early lease termination provisions for domestic violence survivors, lock change laws, and affirmative defenses for evictions related to acts of domestic violence committed against a tenant. The updated compendium includes laws enacted as of December 2017. If you have questions or comments, please contact Renee Williams at rwilliams@nhlp.org Download the updated compendium. Update (September 2020): Please note that there have been more recent updates since December 2017 that NHLP... Read More »

An Affordable Home on Reentry (2018)

People with a criminal record face a monumental challenge when trying to find affordable housing. An Affordable Home on Reentry is an important resource for legal services and other advocates working with individuals with criminal records who are seeking access to federally-assisted housing programs. The guide is an essential tool to help clients navigate the admissions process and how to challenge an application denial. It also provides guidance on impacting local reentry policies and practices. Download the publication here. Read More »