NMHC/NAA continue to support protections and affordable housing for victims. However, we joined a real estate industry coalition in highlighting concerns related to resident notification. We reminded HUD that Congress intended that the notice requirements be included in current standard notification documents. We also challenged HUD’s continued use of documentation materials that provide for self-certification of victim status.
In addition, our response pointed out that we were pleased that the rule recognized the different characteristics, roles and capabilities of various housing providers and property types. This included outlining our support for emergency transfer plans that recognize private property owners and managers are not in a position to transfer a resident to another property owned by a different ownership entity.
Housing provisions were first incorporated into VAWA in 2006 and then expanded in the 2013 reauthorization. The Act applies to Section 8 voucher and project-based programs, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit properties, HOME and other programs.