March 1, 2017: HUD’s Final Rule Implementing VAWA 2013
HUD issued a final rule, which was effective December 16, 2016, implementing the housing provisions of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA rule). The VAWA rule’s critical provisions include: (1) extending VAWA protections to survivors of sexual assault; (2) extending VAWA protections to cover all HUD programs listed in VAWA 2013, including the Housing Trust Fund, which was not included in the statute; (3) establishing an 180-day period for housing providers to complete an emergency transfer plan; (4) requiring covered housing providers to provide a notification of VAWA rights to existing tenants and applicants; (5) outlining what is a “reasonable time” for survivors to establish eligibility for a covered HUD program in cases where, due to VAWA crimes, the tenant that established eligibility is no longer a member of the survivor’s household; and (6) revising and creating conforming regulations for the covered housing programs. HUD has also released a notice of occupancy rights under VAWA, a model emergency transfer plan, and a VAWA self-certification form. Presenters provided a summary and an analysis of key parts of the final rule as well discuss VAWA enforcement.