Immigrant Access to Federally Funded Housing

Wednesday February 22

  • By: National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP)
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Time Zone: Central Time (US & Canada)
  • Location:
    This event takes place online.
    Webinar/Teleseminar, United States
  • Contact:
    National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP)
  • Website:

For many survivors, the ability to secure decent, safe, and affordable housing is critical to long-term survival. Yet, immigrant survivors often face obstacles in accessing federally subsidized housing and services that protect life or safety because of providers’ misunderstandings about immigration requirements for program participants. This webinar will provide an overview of the rights of immigrants to access federally funded housing programs under HUD and USDA Rural Development. It will include an emphasis on HUD authority that confirming the rights of VAWA self-petitioners to access public and assisted housing as well as restated and reconfirmed the rights of survivors, regardless of their immigration status, to access emergency shelters and transitional housing that receive federal funds.

Who Should Attend:
This webinar is designed for advocates, attorneys, housing providers, law enforcement officers, court staff and others who are new to or would like to learn of up-to-date information on the rights of immigrant survivors to access federal housing programs and federally funded services that protect life or safety.


  • Karlo Ng is an attorney at the National Housing Law Project. She is involved in policy advocacy to advance the rights of tenants in the federally subsidized housing programs and the housing rights of domestic violence survivors. Her work focuses on increasing awareness by advocates and tenants of federal and state law protections and promoting housing policies that address the needs of survivors, immigrants, and individuals with limited-English proficiency.
  • Leslye Orloff is an Adjunct Professor and Director of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University Washington College of Law. NIWAP advocates for laws, policies and practices that enhance legal options for immigrant women and immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Her 33-year career includes working collaboratively with experts across the country to develop and implement immigration relief, public benefits access and family law protections for immigrant women, children and survivors. She was involved in drafting VAWA’s immigration and public benefits protections for immigrant survivors.   She provides national technical assistance and has published numerous law and social science journal articles, curricula, and training materials for attorneys, law enforcement, judges and other professionals on legal rights and services options for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes.

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