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NYCHA Eases Documentation Requirements for Emergency Transfers for Victims of Domestic Violence

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has made significant changes to the documentation requirements for Emergency Transfers for Victims of Domestic Violence (VDV), and for obtaining a VDV priority status for new applicants to public housing or Section 8 Leased Housing.

These changes, which went into effect in April 2006, allow for greater flexibility in the types of documents which can be submitted.  In addition to an expanded list of acceptable documentation, the timeframes for admissible Police Reports and Orders of Protection have been extended.

The changes were made in conjunction with the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and in response to feedback from other City agencies, advocates, service providers and residents.

Under the old policy, VDVs had to submit a Police Report and Order of Protection to be eligible for an emergency transfer.  Applicants or transfers may now submit certain kinds of medical documents, NYPD detective or Parole Officer letters, or Court Dispute Referral Center letters to replace the Police Report or Order of Protection, if they are unable to obtain the criminal justice documents.

In addition, timeframes for documentation of the second incidence of violence were extended to 12 months for transfers and to 24 months for new applicants. Earlier changes NYCHA made to its VDV policy, such as the One Serious Felony Provision, and the ability to choose to stay in the same borough of residence (with the exception of Staten Island), remain in place.

The One Serious Felony Provision is that VDVs need to submit only one document verifying a crime if that document shows an acceptable Serious Felony.

A resident who believes that he or she is a VDV, and who wishes to request an Emergency Transfer, may do so by going to the development Management Office.  Residents who are too fearful to do this, or who prefer to, may also initiate an Emergency Transfer by going to Safe Horizon.  To find the nearest Safe Horizon location, the resident should call the Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1-800-621-HOPE.

Residents who choose to go through their Management Office will receive a copy of the "Emergency Transfer Program Information Sheet" and the "Emergency Transfer Program Required Documents List" from the staff.  The staff will assist the resident in filling out the "Transfer-Emergency: Tenant Request for Transfer" form.

The resident may select any borough to transfer to, including their own borough of residence, except residents of Staten Island.  If a resident selects the borough in which (s)he currently resides, the Tenant Selection and Assignment Plan  (TSAP) will automatically select a development in a location that is not adjacent to the resident's current address.  Staten Island residents must choose another borough in which to live.

The processing time for an Emergency Transfer depends on prompt submission of the required documentation, as well as the tenancy records, the results of criminal background checks, and the availability of apartments.

VDV Documantation Requirements for Transfers
VDV Documantation Requirements for Public Housing Applicants
VDV Documantation Requirements for Section 8 Applicants