May 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Emergency transfers are a main way to ensure safety in housing for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking. During this session, the National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH) will provide an overview of emergency transfer requirements under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and highlight promising practices, strategies and considerations for Continuums of Care (CoC) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The session further will spotlight the Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency’s (LAHSA) Interim VAWA Emergency Transfer Policy, specifically developed to ensure operability of expedited emergency transfers for survivors in a broad range of program types (emergency shelter, Bridge Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid-Rehousing, hotel/motels and others). Finally, the Shriver Center on Poverty Law will examine common themes that have emerged as additional barriers to emergency transfers in public housing, Housing Choice Voucher, and other federally subsidized housing programs during the COVID pandemic, providing advocates with strategies to navigate barriers, while centralizing survivor safety.

Cristina Cortes, Manager, Domestic Violence Systems Alignment, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Bettina Robinson, Domestic Violence Coordinator, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Kate Walz, Esq. Vice President of Advocacy & Senior Director of Litigation, Shriver Center on Poverty Law
Karlo Ng, J.D. Director of Legal Services, National Alliance for Safe Housing
Larisa Kofman, J.D. Director of Policy and Systems Initiatives, National Alliance for Safe Housing