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HUD/HUDSEC RIN: 2501-AD71 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Implementation in HUD Housing Programs (FR-5720)  

This final rule implements in HUD’s regulations the requirements of the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which applies for all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and which must be applied consistent with all nondiscrimination and fair housing requirements. The 2013 reauthorization (VAWA 2013) expands housing protections to HUD programs beyond HUD’s public housing program and HUD’s tenant-based and project-based Section 8 programs (collectively, the Section 8 programs) that were covered by the 2005 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA 2005). Additionally, the 2013 law provides enhanced protections and options for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Specifically, this rule amends HUD’s generally applicable regulations, HUD’s regulations for the public housing and Section 8 programs that already pertain to VAWA, and the regulations of programs newly covered by VAWA 2013.

     In addition to this final rule, HUD is also publishing a notice titled the Notice of Occupancy Rights under the Violence Against Women Act (Notice of Occupancy Rights) that certain housing providers must give to tenants and applicants to ensure they are aware of their rights under VAWA and these implementing regulations, a model emergency transfer plan that may be used by housing providers to develop their own emergency transfer plans, a model emergency transfer request form that housing providers could provide to tenants requesting an emergency transfer under these regulations, and a new certification form for documenting incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking that must be used by housing providers.

     This rule reflects the statutory changes made by VAWA 2013, as well as HUD’s understanding of the importance of providing housing protections and rights to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. By increasing opportunities for all individuals to live in safe housing, this will reduce the risk of homelessness and further HUD’s mission of utilizing housing to improve quality of life.

Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 24 CFR 5    24 CFR 92    24 CFR 93    24 CFR 200    24 CFR 247    24 CFR 574    24 CFR 576    24 CFR 578    24 CFR 880    24 CFR 882    24 CFR 883    24 CFR 884    24 CFR 886    24 CFR 891    24 CFR 905    24 CFR 960    24 CFR 966    24 CFR 982    24 CFR 983   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1437a,c,d,f    42 U.S.C. 1437n    42 U.S.C. 3535(d)    sec. 327, Pub. L.109-115,119    Stat. 2936    42 U.S.C. 14043e et    sec. 601, Pub. L. 11304, 127 Stat. 101   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/01/2015  80 FR 17548   
Public Comment Deadline  06/01/2015 
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kevin Solarte
Special Assistant, Homeless Policy
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of the Secretary
451 7th Street SW., Room 10236,
Washington, DC 20410
Phone:202 402-2693