FHEO Notice on Filing VAWA Complaints and HUD’s Investigatory Authority

In late Jan. HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) published a notice titled “Notice to Public Regarding FHEO Enforcement Authority and Procedures: Violence Against Women Act 2022 (VAWA)” (FHEO 2023-01). The 2022 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) included new requirements for HUD to implement and enforce. The notice implements those requirements related to the filing and processing of individual VAWA complaints and notifies the public of HUD’s authority to investigate VAWA violations.

The notice states that FHEO will “implement and enforce the housing provisions of VAWA with, and in a manner that provides, the same rights and remedies as those provided for in the Fair Housing Act.” Additionally, the notice announces that HUD will engage in rulemaking to fully implement the compliance review provisions of the 2022 reauthorization of VAWA.

People who believe their VAWA rights have been violated may file a complaint here.

The full notice may be found here.

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