Public Policy Priorities
Legislative: Expand Federal Housing Protections and Appropriations for Services
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization
VAWA provides housing protections for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking who are applying for or living in federally assisted housing. The law applies to a survivor (actual or perceived) regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age. VAWA does not apply to market-rate rental housing, unless a federal subsidy is involved.
NASH is urging congress to expand and clarify the VAWA housing protections, helping to ensure survivors can access and keep safe housing.
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Family Violence Prevention Act (FVPSA) Reauthorization
FVPSA is the primary funding source for domestic violence shelters, the domestic violence national hotline, funding domestic and sexual violence coalitions, resource centers and other critical initiatives that support domestic violence survivors.
NASH supports the establishment of an ongoing flexible financial assistance program to individuals and families recovering from domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking to stabilize housing and avoid homelessness.
For more information and resources, see Policy Priorities: Appropriations.
NASH also supports the recommendations set forth by the National Taskforce on Domestic to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
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If you are in danger, please call 911, a local hotline, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224. Avoid using a computer that could be accessed by a person who may cause harm, and learn more technology safety tips.
Please note that NASH is not a direct service provider and does not provide individual counseling, crisis response, housing advocacy, or legal services. We have compiled a brief list of resources for survivors here.