Public Policy Approaches

Federal: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 2005 Housing Provisions
VAWA 2005 (Public Law 109-162) is the second reauthorization of the historic Violence Against Women Act originally passed by the U.S. Congress in 1994. In VAWA 2005, there was, for the first time, a concentrated focus on housing issues explicitly related to domestic and sexual violence. These new provisions appear in Title VI.
Federal: Affordable Housing
Affordable housing, under federal guidelines, is housing that costs an owner or renter no more than 30% of household income. Households are "rent burdened" if they pay between 30 and 50 percent of income towards housing costs. Those households paying more than 50% of their income towards housing costs are considered "severely rent burdened."
Federal: Discrimination & Fair Housing
Discrimination & fair housing refers to laws, policies and practices addressing unequal and biased treatment of people based upon prohibited classifications, e.g. race or color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (having one or more children under the age of 18) or disability.
State and Local