Attachment K a)

Public Housing Program

Provisions for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Pursuant to the direction of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Public and Indian Housing following the signing into law of the Violence Against Women Act on January 5, 2006 the City of Tucson PHA (Public Housing Agency) has implemented the following policies:

The purpose of these policies, consistent with the intent of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is to “protect certain victims of criminal domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking – as well as members of the victims’ immediate families – from losing their HUD –assisted housing as a result of the abuse of which they were the victim.”

  1. The Public Housing Agency shall not deny admission to the program to any applicant on the basis that the applicant is or has been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking if the applicant other wise qualifies for assistance or admission.
  2. An incident or incidents of actual or threatened domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking will not be construed to be serious or repeated violation of the lease by the victim or threatened victim of that violence and will not be good cause for terminating the tenancy or occupancy rights of the victim of such violence.
  3. If a tenant or immediate member of the tenant’s family is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, perpetrated by a member of a tenant’s household or any guest or other person under the tenant’s control, the aforementioned criminal activity shall not be cause for termination of the tenancy or occupancy rights. However, the PHA may bifurcate the lease in order to evict, remove or terminate assistance to any individual who is a tenant or lawful occupant and who engages in criminal acts of violence against family members or others without evicting, removing, terminating assistance to, or otherwise penalizing the victim of such violence who is also a lawful tenant or occupant.
  4. The PHA will honor court orders addressing rights of access to or control of the property, distribution or possession of property among household member s, and civil protection orders issued to protect the victim in cases where the family breaks up.
  5. Nothing in the VAWA limits any otherwise available authority of the PHA to evict a tenant for any violation of the lease not premised on the act or acts of violence in question against a tenant or a member of the tenant’s household. The standards utilized by the PHA in deciding whether to terminate a tenancy will not subject an individual who is or has been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to a more demanding standard than other tenants.
  6. Nothing in the VAWA limits the authority of the PHA to terminate the tenancy of any tenant if the PHA can demonstrate an actual and imminent threat to other tenant or employee of the PHA if that tenant’s tenancy is not terminated.
  7. The PHA will request an individual certify via a police report or agency support letter that the individual is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, and that the incident(s) in question are genuine incidents of actual or threatened abuse. The certification shall include the name of the perpetrator. The tenant shall provide the certification to the PHA within 14 business days of the request for certification. Inability to provide certification requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  8. Failure to provide certification in writing, within 14 business days of the PHA request, may result in the PHA going forward with an eviction or termination of tenancy for any tenant or lawful occupant that commits violations of the lease. The 14 business day period may be extended at the discretion of the PHA.
  9. An individual may satisfy the certification requirement by:
    1. providing the PHA with documentation signed by an employee, agent, or volunteer of a victim service provider, an attorney, or a medical professional from whom the victim has sought assistance in addressing domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, or the effects of abuse, in which the professional attests under penalty of perjury to the professional’s belief that the incident(s) in question are actual incidents of abuse and the victim of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking has signed or attested to the documentation; or
    2. producing a Federal, State, Tribal, territorial, or local police or court record.
  10. All information provided to the PHA pursuant to the certification request, including the fact that an individual is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, shall be retained in confidence by the PHA, and shall neither be entered into a shared data base nor provided to any related entity, except to the extent that disclosure is:
    1. requested or consented to by the individual in writing;
    2. required for use in an eviction proceeding; or
    3. otherwise required by applicable law.

Community Resources for Domestic Violence Victims

If a you or a member of your family is a victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, please file a report with the proper authorities. The Community Services Department may be able to provide housing options once you have submitted the required documentation. The following is a list of agencies that provide assistance to victims of domestic violence:

AZ Department of Economic Security – Family Connections
Phone: (520) 594-6354
250 S. Toole Avenue Suite 100
The Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services, Inc.
Phone: (520) 881-7201 Outreach, Advocacy
Crisis Line & Shelters Open 7 days, 24 hours
Admin Office: 2425 N. Haskell Drive, Bldg 4
Tucson Centers for Women and Children, Inc.
Phone: (520) 795-8001 7 days, 24 hours
Admin Office: 2545 E. Adams St.
Crisis Shelter Phone: (520) 795-4266
Housing Assistance Also Available
Our Family Services
Phone: (520) 327-4583
Request intake worker for Domestic Violence Services
Wingspan – Anti-Violence Project
Phone: (520) 624-0348
Domestic Violence Crisis
Admin Office: 425 E. Seventh Street 24 hour crisis intervention
Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault
Phone: (520) 327-7273 Crisis Line
Admin Office: 1632 N. Country Club Road
Bilingual Services: (520) 434-0195 (Su Voz Vale) 101 W. Irvington
Catholic Community Services – Counseling Program
Phone: (520) 623-0344 ext 1016 English, ext 1017 Spanish
Admin Office: 140 W. Speedway Blvd #130
Open Inn – Ages 8-17
Phone: (520) 670-9040 (Prevent Homelessness – High School)
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: (800) 799-7233
National Victim Center Hotline
Phone: (800) 394-2255
Gospel Rescue Mission for Men
Phone: (520) 622-3495
Bethany House (women shelter)
Phone: (520) 690-1295 (Gospel Rescue Mission)
Youth on Their Own
Phone: (520) 293-1136
Traveler’s Aid
Phone: (520) 622-8900 (Homeless women in transition – families, single parents)
Casa de los Niños
Phone: (520) 624-5600 (Birth thru 12)
Casa Paloma
Phone: (520) 882-0820
Primavera
Phone: (520) 623-5111

Homeless Resources

Nosotros
Phone: (520) 623-5912
Salvation Army
Phone: (520) 622-5411
SAFE – Extended Shelter
Phone: (520) 323-6080
New Beginnings
Phone: (520) 292-0648
Elder Shelter Project
Phone: (520) 566-1919
Women in Transition
Phone: (520) 622-3480