Compliance Corner: New form needed to comply with VAWA

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, (HUD) fully implemented the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). This act prohibits housing providers from denying or terminating housing assistance to victims of domestic violence.

This applies to all people, not just women, and includes dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

In 2008, HUD began requiring all HUD properties to follow the VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) policies set forth in its ruling.

For several years, projects developed through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program have been required to implement this rule; however, it has been an option for LIHTC projects to utilize a lease addendum specifically for this policy. Recently, a few states have been requiring all LIHTC projects to have this lease addendum in all initial move-in files.

Travois Asset Management & Compliance would like to be ahead of the curve in all compliance related issues.

Therefore, effective July 1, 2017, we will be requiring all our clients’ projects, regardless of the state, to have this lease addendum in all initial move-in files. In addition, for current households, please complete this lease addendum and add it to their files during the recertification process.

Please advise your occupancy staff to add this to their forms required during both the qualification and recertification processes. You can find a copy of this form on our website here.


Training opportunities for compliance professionals 

Registration is open for two upcoming learning opportunities! Register now to secure your spot in Kansas City!

Reserve a discounted hotel room ($149 per night for single occupancy) at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Kansas City International Airport by Friday, June 30. Find more information on our website.

Designed for staff who are involved in qualifying tenants and leasing homes, Assistant Director of Asset Management Crystal Banks-Mann will present the three-day NAHADSA & Tax Credit Compliance Professional (NTCCP) Training, created in conjunction with the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC).

NAHASDA & Tax Credit Compliance Professional (NTCCP) Training
Tuesday, July 18-Thursday, July 20, 2017
Embassy Suites by Hilton Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, MO
Registration fees begin at $700/person for employees of tribal housing authorities
Click here to register through NAIHC.


For housing authorities/departments that prepare for on-site physical inspections, Director of Asset Management & Compliance Mike Price will help you understand what is inspected and what is needed to pass at the upcoming Uniform Physical Conditions Standards (UPCS) Inspection Protocol Training.

UPCS Inspection Protocol Training
Tuesday, July 18-Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Embassy Suites by Hilton Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, MO
Registration fee: $225/person
Click here to register through Travois.

We’re here to help

As always, if you’re a client who has questions about this information or needs further assistance, please feel free to call us at 816-994-8970 or email us at