NMHC/NAA sent a letter on behalf of a group of housing providers to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with several recommendations to aid the agency in implementing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. More specifically, the letter encouraged HUD to consider the following with respect to several of the law’s provisions:
- Lease bifurcation. In cases where a victim must establish eligibility for housing assistance following a lease bifurcation with the perpetrator, the coalition recommended establishing a 60- to 90-day period for a victim to establish eligibility under a new or existing housing program or find alternative housing.
- Notification. The coalition urged HUD to allow new notifications to be incorporated into existing standard program documents and materials provided to residents to reduce redundancy.
- Documentation. The coalition asked for HUD’s guidance and forms to reflect housing providers’ ability to require third-party certification when there is conflicting evidence of domestic violence.
- Emergency Transfer Plans. As HUD develops a model plan, the coalition urged the agency to recognize the differing characteristics, roles and capabilities of various housing providers and property types and provide guidance for use in situations where it is not feasible for a public housing authority or private owner or manager to effectuate a transfer.
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