Keys in door lockThe Safe Homes Act protects the health and safety of survivors of domestic and sexual violence who live in rental and subsidized housing. This law allows tenants and members of their household who are survivors of violence to

  • change the locks on an emergency basis to keep the person who attacked them out of their home (for tenants with written leases only) and
  • leave their housing and end their lease early to protect their physical safety and emotional wellbeing (for tenants with written or oral leases).

Housing Rights Under VAWA Fact Sheet (October 2013)

Safe Homes Act Brochure (English) (October 2013)

Comments to HUD on VAWA Reauthorization, Applicability to HUD Programs (October 7, 2013)

Press Release

Safe Homes Act Protects Survivors of Violence (January 4, 2007)