March 27, 2023In HUD Announcements, News, Uncategorized2 Minutes

Memorandum Summarizing Changes to Violence Against Women Act of 2022

On March 17, 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a memorandum summarizing changes enacted to the Violence Against Women Act as part of The VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA 2022). The memo identifies changes that are relevant to Multifamily stakeholders, identifying provisions that are effective immediately and those that are yet to be implemented. It also includes a description of a forthcoming VAWA study and identifies VAWA forms that are under revision.

View the full memorandum at the link below:
VAWA 2022 Letter to Covered Housing Providers.pdf

Covered Housing Programs

Housing programs covered by provisions of the Violence Against Women Act 2022 include:

  • Project-Based Rental Assistance
  • Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly
  • Section 202 Direct Loan program
  • Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
  • Multifamily rental housing under Section 221(d)(3) of the National Housing Act with a below-market rate (BMIR) pursuant to Section 221(d)(5)
  • Multifamily rental housing under Section 236 of the National Housing Act
Visit the VAWA website

For more information about your rights and responsibilities under VAWA, please visit If you believe your rights under VAWA have been violated, you may file a complaint at

About the Violence Against Women Act 2022

On March 15, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA 2022), which enhances housing protections for survivors applying for and living in units assisted by HUD programs. VAWA 2022 protects an individual’s right to call emergency services and report crime from their homes – meaning that families do not have to fear losing their housing if they need to call 9-1-1. The protections also ensure that individuals do not have to fear retaliation from their housing provider for exercising their rights under VAWA or assisting others in doing so, including filing VAWA complaints.