Housing Discrimination

Many victims of domestic or sexual violence and stalking report losing their housing due, at least in part, to the violence in their lives. Several jurisdictions have enacted laws specifically protecting such victims from housing discrimination; permitting victims to terminate leases; and/or permitting victims to have their locks changed. The 2005 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act included important protections for victims living in federally-funded public housing, using federally-funded housing vouchers (“Section 8” vouchers), or living in project-based Section 8 housing. Additionally, a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking who is evicted or otherwise discriminated against in housing may have rights under federal, state, or local fair housing laws.