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Reminder: Public Comment Open For VAWA Housing Protections
Public comment open between November 16 and November 30, 2017.

November 27, 2017

Housing Protections Under the Violence Against Women Act in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care Policy Available for Public Comment

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) invites public comment between November 16 and November 30, 2017 on the policy entitled "Housing Protections Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care." This policy provides protections against discrimination, a requirement to notify participants of occupancy rights, development of emergency transfer plans, and establishment of provisions for lease bifurcation. This ensures the right of all individuals participating in LAHSA-funded housing programs who are or have experienced domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or human trafficking in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC) to access services and housing for which they are eligible by promoting safe housing environments.

The draft policy is available for review here. Note: The draft policy references Attachments A-E, which are not included at this time. All attachments will be included in the final draft policy in December 2017. Public comment will remain open through November 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm PST. Click here to share your feedback.

Background
At present, programs funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are required to comply with the HUD rule titled "Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013." LAHSA's new policy would extend requirements around housing protections for individuals experiencing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or human trafficking to housing providers that receive LAHSA funding in whole or in part.

About the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA):
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problems of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages over $243 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless people.