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Federal and State laws provide critical protections and rights to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Below are resources and information explaining these protections, as well as protections specific to survivors with disabilities, criminal records, and other specific areas.   

  • Addressing Discriminartory Housing Barriers for Victims of Domestic Violence: 
    Although created by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence for the state of Pennsylvania, the information in this toolkit can be adapted and used as guidance in other states. The goal of the toolkit is to help domestic violence advocates and attorneys work with victims to preserve and protect their housing and/or housing subsidy, their safety, and their right to be free from housing discrimination based on their status as a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
  • Maintaining Safe and Stable Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors
    This National Housing Law Project (NHLP) manual for attorneys and advocates focuses on the rights of survivors who are facing a loss of housing, need to improve the safety of their housing, or need to relocate.
  • Webinars by the National Housing Law Project (NHLP)
    • Housing Rights for Survivors with Disabilities
      In order to access services, a survivor may seek a reasonable accommodation, which is a change in a rule, policy, or practice. This webinar addresses common housing challenges that survivors with disabilities face, housing rights and protections, and advocacy tips.
      Listen to a recording of the webinar and view a copy of the presentation and other supplemental materials.
    • Access to Housing for Survivors with Criminal Records 
      This webinar explains the rules that apply to subsidized housing applicants who have criminal records. It covers the narrow circumstances in which subsidized housing providers are required to deny housing assistance and advocacy approaches for assisting housing applicants with criminal history.
      Listen to a recording of the webinar and view a copy of the presentation
    • Federal Housing and Laguage Access Rights of Limited English Proficient Survivors
      Federal law requires that recipients of federal financial assistance provide meaningful language assistance to LEP persons. This webinar addresses the language access requirements under federal law, including the new requirements under the Violence Against Women Act of 2013; HUD's and USDA's LEP guidance, special considerations when using interpreters in the domestic violence context; and best practices for working with LEP survivors. 
      Listen to a recording of the wbinar and view a copy of the presentation and other supplemental materials
    • Fair Housing Rights of Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors
      This webinar provides an overview of the fair housing rights and remedies available to domestic and sexual violence survivors. 
      Listen to a recording o fthe webinar and view a copy of the presentation.