On April 1, 2015, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a proposed rule amending HUD’s regulations to fully implement the requirements of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as reauthorized in 2013 under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013). VAWA 2013 provides enhanced statutory protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA 2013 also expands VAWA protections to HUD programs beyond HUD’s public housing and Section 8 programs, which were covered by the reauthorization of VAWA in 2005 (VAWA 2005). In addition to proposing regulatory amendments to fully implement VAWA 2013, HUD is also publishing for public comment two documents concerning tenant protections required by VAWA 2013 – a notice of occupancy rights and an emergency transfer plan.
Please take time to review this proposed rule. If you wish to submit comments, please note there are two methods for submitting public comments. All submissions must refer to the docket number and title (Docket No. FR–5720–P–02] - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Implementation in HUD Housing Programs.
- Submission of Comments by Mail. Comments may be submitted by mail to: Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410–0001.
- Electronic Submission of Comments. Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal.
HUD strongly encourages commenters to submit comments electronically. Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely receipt by HUD, and enables HUD to make them immediately available to the public. Comments submitted electronically through the www.regulations.gov website can be viewed by other commenters and interested members of the public. Commenters should follow the instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically.
For more information, please view HUD's press release.