If you live in one of the apartment communities we manage, this section of our website is just for you.
A tenant who experiences domestic violence cannot be evicted or face adverse action as a result of that violence — it is strictly prohibited by federal law.
Home Forward may not deny assistance or admission to an applicant on the basis of the applicant’s current or past status as a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault if the applicant otherwise qualifies for assistance or admission.
Home Forward may not terminate assistance to a resident/participant in the Public Housing or Section 8 program on the basis of an incident or incidents of actual or threatened domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault against that participant.
Home Forward may terminate assistance to any individual who is a tenant or lawful occupant and who engages in criminal acts of physical violence against family members or others. This action may be taken without evicting, removing, terminating assistance to, or otherwise penalizing the victim of the violence who is also a tenant or lawful occupant.
An owner, property manager, or Home Forward may ask that an individual certify, using a HUD-approved certification form, that the individual is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or seual assault, and that the incident in question is a true incident of actual or threatened abuse. Click here to read or download the form.
All information provided to an owner, property manager, or Home Forward under this law must be retained in confidence, unless disclosure is requested or consented to by the individual in writing, or required for use in an eviction proceeding or termination of assistance, or otherwise required by applicable law.
In 2013, Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA…which does not only apply to women) and greatly expanded HUD’s authority to protect survivors of domestic and dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault, who live in HUD-assisted housing.
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If you are experiencing domestic violence, you can call the confidential National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or 1.800.787.3224 (TTY). The services referral hot line for contact information for local victim advocacy groups or services providers is 211 or 503.222.5555. The Portland Women’s Crisis Line is 503-235-5333.