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Applying for Section 8

Victim of Domestic Violence Documentation Requirements

One document each from category A, B and C is required unless it is a "serious felony"* in which case one document each from category A and C is required.

 

Primary Documentation
Category A

Secondary Documentation
Category B

Advocacy Letter**
Category C
 

1

Order of Protection (OOP): Criminal Court documenting a criminal offense of physical violence or threat of violence against victim. [Must be valid at time of application filing, priority upgrade request and day of eligibility interview]. If for a Serious Felony*, no document required from Category B. Order of Protection (OOP): Criminal Court documenting a criminal offense of physical violence or threat of violence against victim.  [OOP may be current or expired but the incident must be no older than 24 months prior to the filing of the application or priority upgrade]. Must name same perpetrator documented in Category A, but must be for a different incident. Advocacy letter from Social Services Provider/Family Justice Center.
2 OOP Family Court - and a copy of the Family Court Petition indicating alleged physical violence or threat of violence against victim. [Must be valid at time of application filing, priority upgrade request and day of eligibility interview]. OOP Family Court - and a copy of the Family Court Petition indicating alleged physical violence or threat of violence against victim.  [OOP may be current or expired but the incident must be no older than 24 months prior to the filing of the application or priority upgrade]. Must name same perpetrator documented in Category A, but must be for a different incident. Advocacy letter from Hospital Domestic Violence Coordinator or Hospital Social Worker.
3 Police Report (61 Complaint Report) documenting a criminal offense of physical violence or threat of violence against victim [Incident must be no older than 12 months prior to the filing of the application or priority upgrade]. If for a Serious Felony*, no document required from Category B. Police Report (61Complaint Report) documenting a criminal offense of physical violence or threat of violence against victim [Incident must be no older than 24 months prior to the filing of the application or priority upgrade]. Must name same perpetrator documented in Category A, but must be for a different incident. Advocacy letter from Mental Health Provider or Counselor.
4 Police Domestic Incident Report (DIR) documenting a criminal offense against victim [Incident must be no older than 12 months prior to the filing of the application or priority upgrade]. If for a Serious Felony*, no document required from Category B. Police Domestic Incident Report (DIR) documenting a criminal offense against victim [Incident must be no older than 24 months prior to the filing of the application or priority upgrade]. Must name same perpetrator documented in Category A, but must be for a different incident. Advocacy letter from one of the four Governmental Agencies listed below: Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Human Resources Administration (HRA), Department of Education (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
5 Hospital In-Patient Hospital AdmissionLetter (Must use NYCHA form 070.246) documenting domestic violence related injuries against victim. [Incident must be no older than 12 months prior to the filing of the application or priority upgrade]. Hospital In-Patient Hospital AdmissionLetter (Must use NYCHA form 070.246) documenting domestic violence related injuries against victim. [Incident must be no older than 24 months prior to the filing of the application or priority upgrade].  Must name same perpetrator documented in Category A, but must be for a different incident.  
6 Court Dispute Referral Center (CDRC) Letter documenting a domestic violence offense against victim, describes domestic violence incident(s), identify name of abuser and give reason why no OOP was issued and advocate for the relocation of the family. [Incident must be no older than 12 months prior to the filing of the application or priority upgrade].    
7 Letter from either the NY District Attorney or NYPD Detective Letter must list the criminal offense(s) committed against the victim, indicate that the offense is the result of domestic violence, name the perpetrator and advocate for the relocation of the family. [Incident must be no older than 12 months prior to the filing of the application or priority upgrade].    

**The advocacy letter must be dated within 60 days from the date of the application or priority upgrade request. The advocacy letter must identify the perpetrator, relationship between the victim and abuser, when and where the domestic violence occurred, details of the incident and advocate for the relocation of the family.

*Serious Felony List

NYCHA only considers the 19 Penal offenses listed below as serious felonies which would warrant a document waiver from Category B.  Families must still submit 1 document each from Category A and C.  The document submitted must specify the penal code.

1 120.05 Assault in the 2nd degree
2 120.07 Gang Assault in the 1st degree
3 120.10 Assault in the 1st degree
4 120.12 Aggravated Assault Upon A Person Less than Eleven Years Old
5 120.60 Stalking in the 1st degree
6 120.25 Murder in the 2nd degree and Attempted Murder in the 2nd degree (110-125.25)
7 130.35 Rape in the 1st degree
8 130.50 Sodomy in the 1st degree
9 130.67 Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the 2nd degree
10 130.70 Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the 1st degree
11 135.25 Kidnapping in the 1st degree
12 140.25(1b) Burglary in the 2nd degree
13 140.30(2) Burglary in the 1st degree
14 150.20(1ai) Arson in the 1st degree
15 160.10(2a) Robbery in the 2nd degree
16 160.15(1) Robbery in the 1st degree
17 215.52 Aggravated Criminal Contempt
18 260.32 Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable Elderly Person in the 2nd degree
19 260.34 Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable Elderly Person in the 1st degree