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Housing Protections for Survivors of Violence

NHLP is a leading national expert on the housing rights of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. NHLP provides free technical assistance and training to Office on Violence against Women (OVW) grantees. NHLP has provided numerous trainings and extensive technical assistance on the housing provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Fair Housing Act, and state law housing protections for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Some of the services we offer OVW grantees include:

✔ Technical assistance via phone or email regarding survivors' housing protections
✔ Web-based and conference-call trainings on common housing issues that survivors face
✔ Information and materials, such as fact sheets, advocacy materials, and training curricula

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Trainings and Webinars

Materials and recordings from NHLP's past trainings are available here.

Newsletters

NHLP publishes a newsletter on a variety of current housing issues that affect survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Past issues of the newsletter are available here.

Manuals

Please note that some of the materials below have yet to be updated according to the new housing provisions under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013). For a summary of the key housing protections under VAWA 2013, see this article. If you have any questions, please contact Karlo Ng at kng@nhlp.org.


State Law Compendium: Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors (2016)

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 October 2016. If you have questions or comments, please contact Karlo Ng at kng@nhlp.org.


Maintaining Safe and Stable Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors (2012)

This Manual focuses on the rights of survivors who are facing loss of housing, who need to improve the safety of their housing, or who need to relocate. Some of the topics addressed include changing the locks; breaking the lease; defending against evictions and subsidy terminations; seeking remedies for housing discrimination; reasonable accommodations for survivors with disabilities; and the housing protections of the Violence Against Women Act.

The Appendices to the Manual contain a number of sample advocacy documents, including letters, pleadings, and housing policies. Access to the Appendices is limited to legal services programs and Office on Violence against Women grantees. These programs should contact Karlo Ng at kng@nhlp.org to obtain the Appendices.

Assisting Survivors of Domestic Violence in Applying for Housing (2010)

This Manual provides a comprehensive review of domestic violence survivors’ rights in applying for housing. It includes information on the subsidized housing application process, common barriers to housing that survivors face, and strategies for challenging denials of housing.

The Appendices to the Manual contains a number of sample advocacy documents, including letters, pleadings, and housing policies. Access to the Appendices is limited to legal services programs and Office on Violence against Women grantees. These programs should contact Karlo Ng at kng@nhlp.org to obtain the Appendices.



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