On March 7, 2013, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) was signed into law. The law significantly expanded housing protections to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking across HUD’s core housing and homelessness programs. To implement the law’s new provisions, HUD issued a final rule, which took effect on December 16, 2016. Read HUD’s press release announcing the rule’s publication. The new provisions build a broad set of housing protections into all of HUD’s key programs.