Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Protections for Applicants
If you otherwise qualify for assistance under HASCO Tenant Based Assistance Program, you cannot be denied admission or denied assistance because you are or have been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Protections for Tenants
If you are receiving assistance under HASCO Tenant Based Assistance Program, you may not be denied assistance, terminated from participation, or be evicted from your rental housing because you are or have been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Also, if you or an affiliated individual of yours is or has been the victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking by a member of your household or any guest, you may not be denied rental assistance or occupancy rights under HASCO Tenant Based Assistance Program solely on the basis of criminal activity directly relating to that domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Affiliated individual means your spouse, parent, brother, sister, child, a person to whom you stand in the place of a parent or guardian (for example, the affiliated individual is in your care, custody, or control); or any individual, tenant, or lawful occupant living in your household.
Removing the Abuser or Perpetrator from the Household
HASCO may divide (bifurcate) your lease to evict the individual or terminate the assistance of the individual who has engaged in criminal activity (the abuser or perpetrator) directly relating to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
If HASCO chooses to remove the abuser or perpetrator, HASCO may not take away the rights of eligible tenants to the unit or otherwise punish the remaining tenants. If the evicted abuser or perpetrator was the sole tenant to have established eligibility for assistance under the program, HASCO must allow the tenant who is or has been a victim and other household members to remain in the unit for a period of time, in order to establish eligibility under the program or under another HUD housing program covered by VAWA, or, find alternative housing.
In removing the abuser or perpetrator from the household, HASCO must follow Federal, State, and local eviction procedures. To divide a lease, HASCO may, but is not required to, ask for documentation or certification of the incidence(s) of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Moving to Another Unit
Upon request, HASCO may permit you to move to another unit, subject to availability, and still keep your assistance. To approve a request, HASCO may ask you to provide documentation that you are requesting to move because of an incidence(s) of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. If the request is for emergency transfer, the housing provider may ask you to submit the request in writing or fill out a form to certify you meet the criteria for an emergency transfer under VAWA.
Documenting You Are or Have Been a Victim of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking
HASCO may, but is not required to, ask you to provide documentation to “certify” that you are, or have been, a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. HASCO must make this request in writing, and give you at least 14 business days (Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays do not count) from the day you receive the request to provide the documentation. HASCO may, but is not required to, extend the deadline for submission of documentation upon your request.
HASCO must keep confidential, any information you provide related to the exercise of your rights under VAWA, including the fact that you are exercising your rights under VAWA. HASCO must not allow any individual administering assistance or other services on behalf of HASCO (for example, employees and contractors) to have access to confidential information, unless for reasons that specifically call for these individuals to access this information under applicable Federal, State, or local law.
VAWA does not replace any Federal, State, or local law that provides greater protection for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. You may be entitled to additional housing protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking under other Federal, State and local laws. You may report a covered housing provider’s violation of these rights and seek additional assistance, if needed, by contacting or filing a complaint with the HUD Field Office located at, Seattle Federal Office Building, 909 First Avenue, Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98104-1000, or contact at (206) 220-5101. For additional information, you may view a copy of HUD’s final VAWA rule at https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/CFR-2018-title24-vol1/CFR-2018-title24-vol1-sec5-2005 Additionally, HASCO must make a copy of HUD’s VAWA regulations available to you upon request.
For questions regarding VAWA, please contact the HASCO Tenant Based Assistance Manager at (425) 290-8499.