The Rock Island Housing Authority board of commissioners on Tuesday approved several changes to its operating procedures to keep in compliance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. |
One major change was the addition of information on the federal Violence Against Women Act, which protects victims of domestic violence from being denied housing by public housing agencies, such as RIHA.
Under the proposed changes, if someone is denied an application for housing, the denial would include information on protections provided by the Violence Against Women Act and request that applicants who wish to claim those protections notify RIHA within 10 business days.
Victims of domestic violence will not be penalized for violating their lease, although the perpetrators of the violence still can be.
The changes made Tuesday also include language that states any military veteran either actively serving or who has received an honorable discharge will receive preference when applying for housing.
Also, the the definition of a family was changed to say, "A family also includes two or more individuals who are not related by blood, marriage, adoption, or other operation of law, but who either can demonstrate that they have lived together previously or certify that each individual's income and other resources will be available to meet the needs of the family."
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