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Debbie Wasserman Schultz

From the office of:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Sending Office: Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Sent By:
Emma.Zafran@mail.house.gov

PROTECT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS FROM HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

 

Dear Colleague,

Please join me as a cosponsor of the Fair Housing for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors Act of 2019, to ensure survivors are protected from discrimination and included as a protected class under the Fair Housing Act.

While the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides protections for survivors living in public housing and section 8 project-based programs,
survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault have no explicit legal foundation to fight discrimination and eviction in the private housing market. 

Rental contracts often include language prohibiting any criminal activity on the premise. Even though victims of violence are the target and not the perpetrators of such crimes, they can –and have been– evicted on these grounds.

With more than 90 percent of homeless women reporting to have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence and up to 57 percent reporting domestic violence as the immediate cause of their homelessness, we must protect their right to safe and stable
housing.

This is a commonsense reform that guarantees basic protections and addresses a current gap in critical civil rights legislation.

If you have any questions or wish to cosponsor, please contact Emma Zafran in Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s office at emma.zafran@mail.house.gov or at extension 5-1699

Sincerely,

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23)                         

Member of Congress                                     

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