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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 was signed into law on March 7, 2013.  This change expanded VAWA protections and contains new notification and transfer requirements.  The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2016.  HUD also published a new Notice of Occupancy Rights under the Violence Against Women, Model Emergency Transfer Plan, Model Emergency Transfer Request form, and HUD Certification form. PHAs must implement emergency transfer plans by June 14, 2017.   Come to this training for a refresher on existing PHA requirements relative to VAWA as well as a discussion of HUD’s new final rule.


What will attendees learn at this session?

Attendees will learn changes with VAWA 2013; Who must be notified and when; What forms of documentation can a victim provide; What should be provided to an applicant/participant in relation to VAWA; What should be in my VAWA policy?; Overview of Statute and Regulations and HUD Guidance; HUD's Guidance on Domestic Violence and Fair Housing

A manual will be provided with applicable laws and regulations; sample VAWA notice; VAWA forms and HUD Guidance

About the Trainer

Manette Donovan is a Massachusetts Attorney concentrating primarily in the area of consulting with regard to low income housing programs.  She provides guidance to Housing Authorities and owners of federally assisted housing in areas pertaining to programs and applicable regulations. She has made presentations relating to matters such as the Restrictions on Assistance to Noncitizens Rule, State and Local Welfare Reform, the Family Self Sufficiency Program, Criminal Offender Record Information, the Section 8 Management Assessment Program, Enhanced Vouchers, Section 8 Program Terminations, Section 8 Landlord and Tenant Relations, Managing a Housing Authority in Difficult Times, Lead Based Paint, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Section 8 Waiting List.

Ms. Donovan is a graduate of Providence College and received her law degree from Western New England College School of Law.  She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the Section 8 Administrators Association, Inc., Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and the New England Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. She is the recipient of the 2013 Section 8 Administrators Association Award for Service to the Association and the 2015 First Justices’ Award for Pro Bono Excellence.


Registration fee is $149 per person and includes morning coffee, lunch and all materials. The workshop will go from 10 AM - 2 PM.

Wednesday, May 3
Warwick (RI) H.A.
3070 West Shore Rd.
10AM - 2PM

Registration Payment - PayPal & Credit Card

Note: Please be sure to submit the completed Registration Form in addition to completing payment information.

VAWA Training