Federal Housing Administration Laws

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Fair Housing Act

Rehabilitation Act Section 504

The Rehabilitation Act Section 504 provides for nondiscrimination in all programs, services and activities receiving federal financial assistance; and in programs, services and activities conducted by Executive agencies. 

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(29 U.S.C. § 701)

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), formerly known as the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act (SSCRA), is a federal law that provides protections for military members as they enter active duty.

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(50 U.S.C. § 3901-4043)

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program is the only Federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Under the HOPWA Program, HUD makes grants to local communities, states, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

A federal law that went into effect in 2006, and was reauthorized and amended in 2013, provides legal protections to individuals (man or woman) who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking (collectively referred to as “violence” in this notice). The name of the law is the Violence against Women Act, or “VAWA.” Among other things, VAWA provides protections to victims of violence who receive publicly assisted housing benefits. The federal government is drafting an approved notice explaining your rights under VAWA, including the 2013 changes. In the meantime, this notification is a temporary explanation of those rights.

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(42 U.S.C. § 13701-14040)

Fair Housing Act

Under the Fair Housing Act, housing providers are obligated to permit, as a reasonable accommodation, the use of animals that work, provide assistance, or perform tasks that benefit persons with disabilities, or provide emotional support to alleviate a symptom or effect of a disability. For information about these Fair Housing Act requirements see HUD’s Notice on Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing and HUD-funded Programs.

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(42 U.S.C. § Ch. 45 3601-3619)