February 22, 2017: “Immigrant Access to Federally Funded Housing” (Webinar)

For many survivors, the ability to secure decent, safe, and affordable housing is critical to long-term survival. Yet, immigrant survivors often face obstacles in accessing federally subsidized housing and services that protect life or safety because of providers’ misunderstandings about immigration requirements for program participants. This webinar provided an overview of the rights of immigrants to access federally funded housing programs under HUD and USDA Rural Development. It included an emphasis on HUD authority confirming the rights of VAWA self-petitioners to access public and assisted housing as well as restated and reconfirmed the rights of survivors, regardless of their immigration status, to access emergency shelters and transitional housing that receive federal funds.


Training materials and Power Point

Webinar Recording

Webinar Slideshow

Full training materials packet

Transitional Housing

Public and Assisted Housing

DHS Materials 

Description: This document details the range of behaviors that would constitute “battery or extreme cruelty” used by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and draws examples from decisions state court judges deemed abusive/domestic violence in granting civil protection orders and determining of family violence in family law cases.

Description: Produced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security covering Violence Against Women Act self-petitions, U visas and T visas.  Information on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has been added by the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, American University, Washington College of Law. Downloadable one page (two sided brochure) available in English, Spanish, Russian, Korean, and Chinese.

Description: Although the power to regulate immigration and enact immigration laws rests exclusively with the federal government, some state laws and local ordinances have been enacted to involve state and local officials in immigration enforcement and to cut off access to programs, benefits, and services to non-citizens including undocumented immigrants. This article discusses federal preemption of state laws that attempt to restrict immigrant access to services that have been deemed by the Attorney General of the United States to be necessary for the protection of life and safety.

Description: Infographic produced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security providing an overview of crime victim based legal protections for adult and child immigrant victims.  This infographic covers immigration relief for victims who suffer victimization in the U.S. and/or abroad.  The forms of relief covered are: VAWA self-petition, U visa, T visa, Continued Presence, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and Asylum.  The infographic contains links to DHS websites containing additional government produced training materials and information on these programs, application forms and instructions.