Federal Update: HUD Publishes Notice on the Violence Against Women Act

HUD has published a notice regarding the applicability to HUD programs of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013), which renewed 1994 legislation to protect survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Among many changes, the bill increases new housing protections, expands the domestic violence definition, and requires agency compliance on a number of items to improve practices. HUD is seeking comments on developing additional guidance and regulations, which are due October 7, 2013.