Posted February 03, 2017
Administrative Notice 4814 (1944-N) dated January 18, 2017 addresses implementation of 42 U.S.C. 14043e-11 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act in Rural Development’s Multi-Family Housing programs.
The purpose of this AN is to inform borrowers and management agents of the Agency’s policies on the implementation and administration of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013), enacted on March 7, 2013. RD’s implementation and policies shall follow those outlined in this Notice, and in the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Final Rule, dated November 16, 2016, (80724 FR Vol. 81, No. 221), at 24 CFR part 5, Subpart L – Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking (see 5.2001 - 5.2011). RD’s definitions pertaining to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 shall be as defined by HUD under 24 CFR part 5.2003.
RD staff, MFH borrowers, and property managers should become knowledgeable with the rights, responsibilities, and protections provided under VAWA 2013, and establish relationships with victim advocacy organizations, Owners/Management Agents of private markets and other non-RD subsidized housing providers in their jurisdiction to better be able to assist victims in emergency situations. MFH borrowers and property managers are expected to comply with all responsibilities under the statute.
Please review AN 4814 for more detailed information on the roles and responsibilities of RD staff, MFH borrower, and property managers in regard to VAWA 2013.
If you have any questions regarding this AN, please contact this office or the Rural Development Servicing Office in your area.Multifamily Housing Tennessee State Office Rural Development United States Department of Agriculture www.rd.usda.gov/tn 615-783-1375 (direct) 855-776-7061 (fax)