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Domestic Violence and Public and Subsidized Housing

Addressing the Needs of Battered Tenants Through Local Housing Policy

By Emily J. Martin & Naomi S. Stern

Most women facing homelessness are victims of domestic violence. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's new guidebook allows public housing authorities to develop domestic-violence-victim preferences. The release of the new guidance creates an advocacy opportunity for legal aid attorneys to educate public housing authorities in ways to retain and protect resident families who may have domestic violence histories.

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