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Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Posted June 23, 2014

Did you know under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) all landlords participating in Section 8 voucher programs must comply with VAWA?  Our friends at the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence have provided a helpful handout detailing tenants housing rights.  All of the following apply to landords participating in Section 8 voucher programs:

  • A landlord may not evict a tenant from housing because the tenant was or is a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking.  [See VAWA 2013, Ch. 2 Sec 41411 (b)(1)]
  • A landlord may not use domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking as a good cause for eviction. [See VAWA 2013, Ch. 2 Sec. 41411 (b)(2)(B)]
  • A landlord may not deny a tenant tenancy or occupancy rights to housing solely because a criminal activity occurred that was directly related to domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking engaged in by a household member or guest if the tenant is the victim.  [See VAWA 2013, Ch. 2 Sec. 41411 (b)(3)(A)]
  • A landlord may not evict a tenant if the tenant’s partner or any household member whose name is also on the lease commits a criminal act of violence against the tenant and is evicted and the tenant can demonstrate that he or she is eligible for Section 8 housing assistance.  [See VAWA 2013, Ch. 2 Sec. 41411 (b)(3)(B)(ii) regarding bifurcation of lease]
  • A landlord may not hold a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking to a higher standard than other tenants in determining whether to evict.  [See VAWA 2013, Ch. 2 Sec 41411 (b)(3)(C)(ii)]
  • A landlord may not evict you from housing because you were or are a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking.
  • A landlord may not use domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking as a good cause for eviction.
  • A landlord may not deny you housing rights solely because a criminal activity occurred that was directly related to domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking engaged in by a household member or a guest and you are the victim.
  • A landlord may not evict you if your partner or any household member whose name is also on the lease commits a criminal act of violence against you and is evicted an you can demonstrate that you are eligible for Section 8 housing assistance.  In such a case, your lease may be split, and you may be able to stay in your housing.
  • A landlord may not hold you to a higher standard than other tenants in determining whether to evict if you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking.

For legal information call Vermont Law Line at 1-800-889-2047.

To contact Vermont Victims Compensation Program call 1-800-750-1213.

 



Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence’s Annual Luncheon is on June 6

Posted May 14, 2014

Don’t miss the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence‘s Annual Luncheon happening at the Capital Plaza in Montpelier on Friday, June 6, 2014.

Registration is due by May 19, so make sure to register online today!

The keynote speaker is Kit Gruelle, survivor and advocate featured in the Sundance acclaimed film Private Violence.

If you have any questions regarding registration please contact Dana Paull at dana@vtnetwork.org or 802-233-1302.

 

 Annual Luncheon

 



The National Housing Law Project webinar series presents VAWA 2013: Housing Protections for Survivors

Posted May 29, 2013

On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed into law the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013). The law continues many of the housing protections that had been provided by the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 and further expands these safeguards in several crucial ways. 

This webinar is designed for advocates, attorneys, and others who are new to VAWA 2013’s housing protections or want a review of VAWA’s continuing housing protections.

Webinar presenters are: Catherine Bishop, Senior Attorney, National Housing Law Project, Karlo Ng, Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project, & Kate Walz, Director of Housing Justice, Shriver Center.

When: Wednesday, June 12 @ 2:00pm ET. This is a free, 90-minute webinar

Click HERE to register

 



Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence Legislative Advocacy Day

Posted April 22, 2013

The Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence is holding their Legislative Advocacy Day on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Please join advocates and survivors from around the state as they converge on the Statehouse to connect informally with legislators and to remind them of the needs (and power!) of survivors in their communities.  This is also a great opportunity to reconnect with each other, and to hear about the amazing anti-violence work happening all across the state.  At 11:30 we’ll be holding a press conference to officially launch the new No More campaign in Vermont and to hear a sneak preview of findings from a groundbreaking new survey of male attitudes about domestic and sexual violence from the Governor’s Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force.

When: Thursday, April 25, 2013/8:30am – 1:30pm
Where: Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, VT

ContactSarah Kenney, Vermont Network Against DV and SV, 802-223-1302 x.105

View PDF of Legislative Advocacy Day flyer for complete schedule

*Please Note: There is a notorious lack of public parking in downtown Montpelier.  If you don’t want to feed meters all day, you can try the full-day metered lot behind the Capitol Plaza (which has an automated ticket kiosk) or you can park at the Department of Labor building and take the free Capital Shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes: http://bgs.vermont.gov/security/shuttle.