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Violence Against Women Act
The Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA) provides special protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking who are applying for or receiving assistance under a Housing Choice Voucher program. Protections are not limited to women but cover victims regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. If state or local laws provide greater protection for such victims, those laws apply along with VAWA. Under VAWA, BRHP allows tenants who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking to request an emergency transfer from the tenant’s current unit to another unit.
If you suspect a BRHP participant has committed fraud or misused benefits, report your observations to the agency directly. You can report the activity by mail, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phone (667-207-2137). You may remain anonymous or leave your name. Reports of fraud are more substantial if supported with evidence like pictures, witness statements, or police reports. BRHP takes all reports of fraudulent behavior seriously and will investigate all claims. You will not receive updates regarding the investigation.
As of October 1, 2020 the HOME Act (state law) prohibits discrimination on the basis of a person’s source of income. This means a landlord may not discriminate against you for participating in the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program and using our rental assistance to help pay your rent.