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Housing & Domestic Violence: Articles

Nuisance Ordinances & Domestic Violence: Resources

Information on local nuisance ordinances and how they affect victims of domestic violence. Read More


2015 Policy Wrap Up: Domestic Violence

Selected domestic violence-specific or related bills which successfully navigated both houses of the legislature this session. Read More


2010 Domestic Violence Legislative Update

The following is a summary of this session’s domestic violence related bills that passed both houses of the New York State Legislature or were recently signed into law by Governor Paterson. Read More


New Housing Laws Provide Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors

Domestic violence survivors face tremendous economic and housing-related hurdles when they attempt to break free of an abuser. Often the choices are poor—remain with an abuser or become homeless. Sadly, studies conducted both across the country and in New York confirm these concerns by demonstrating that domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women. Read More


New Housing Laws Provide Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors

Domestic violence survivors face tremendous economic and housing-related hurdles when they attempt to break free of an abuser. Often the choices are poor—remain with an abuser or become homeless. Sadly, studies conducted both across the country and in New York confirm these concerns by demonstrating that domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women. Read More


Update on Domestic Violence Survivors and Homestead Exemptions

In response to advocacy by Empire Justice Center on behalf of domestic violence survivors who were facing complicated bureaucratic hurdles when they were forced to flee their homes to escape abuse, the Social Security Administration (SSA) recently revised several sections of its policy directives (Program Operating Manual or POMS). Read More


SSA Issues Administrative Message Addressing Homesteads Owned by Domestic Violence Survivors Who Have Fled Their Abusers

In late 2004, advocates from the Empire Justice Center contacted the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of survivors of domestic violence who were facing complicated bureaucratic hurdles when they had to flee from their homes to escape abuse. Read More


SSA Issues Administrative Message

In late 2004, advocates from the Empire Justice Center contacted the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of survivors of domestic violence who were facing complicated bureaucratic hurdles when they had to flee from their homes to escape abuse. Read More


Housing and Domestic Violence

Under the regulations implementing the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act (QHWRA) of 1998, local public housing authorities (PHA) must submit an annual plan to be reviewed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This annual plan must explain how the local public housing authority will operate its housing programs. Read More