Mayor Barlow Issues Executive Order Prioritizing Housing for Domestic Violence Victims

OSWEGO – Mayor Billy Barlow issued an executive order today (June 12) putting victims of domestic violence in the highest priority ranking category for the housing placement system in the city of Oswego HUD Section 8 Rental Assistance Program.

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The city of Oswego Rental Assistance Office uses a prioritized ranking system to place individuals on HUD, a system Mayor Barlow and the Oswego Common Council overhauled late last year.

The ranking system is used to organize a waiting list for housing through HUD in the city of Oswego and dictates where on the waiting list an individual is placed until housing becomes available.

Mayor Barlow’s executive order places victims of domestic violence into the highest prioritization category, expediting the process to find victims housing.

“Victims of domestic violence often need to seek new housing urgently and under chaotic or dangerous circumstances,” Mayor Barlow said. “Placing victims of domestic violence higher on our priority ranking will help to quickly accommodate an individual and can prevent
that individual from continuing to live in a dangerous, hostile situation. The city of Oswego HUD Section 8 Rental Assistance Program was re-designed and our ranking system was altered in an effort to help individuals graduate out of any unfortunate situation they may find themselves in. My executive order is consistent with our overall approach to HUD housing and can help victims of domestic violence find safe, alternative housing.”

“It is also common for adverse factors stemming from domestic violence like poor rental history, poor credit history, or a criminal record makes finding housing more difficult and this order can help mitigate against those effects as well,” Barlow added.

The Executive Order (No.2018-01) is modeled after the standard Federal HUD guidelines and requires victims to either submit documentation related to a specific incident involving domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, may be referred by another agency or may be referred by a third party.

Mayor Barlow’s executive order places victims of domestic violence in the same priority ranking category as the non-working elderly, disabled families and military veterans.

City of Oswego Section 8 Rental Assistance Program Director Nathan Emmons praised the executive order.

“I applaud Mayor Barlow’s leadership on such a critical issue. By allowing for such a change, we are able to work more quickly and diligently to provide safe housing for individuals and families in their most challenging times. As a result of this executive order, we’ve developed new processes and procedures to implement this addition to our housing placement system to better serve victims of domestic violence,” Emmons said.

The city of Oswego HUD Section 8 Rental Assistance Program office is located at 159 Liberty St., Oswego.

The office is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and can be reached at 315-343-3452.


WHEREAS, the City of Oswego has recently re-prioritized their Federal Housing of Urban Development Section 8 Rental Assistance Program to better help individuals truly in need of safe and adequate housing to better serve the greater Oswego community; And

WHEREAS, victims of domestic violence often need to locate new housing options quickly to avoid remaining in a dangerous or violent situation; And

WHEREAS, it is a common goal of my administration to implement policies and procedures and take actions which further enhances the quality of life, level of safety and general welfare for all residents of the City of Oswego;

NOW, THEREFORE, I William J. Barlow Jr, Mayor of the City of Oswego, New York in accordance with Article IV, Section C4-00 of the Charter of the City of Oswego, as set forth in the Code of the City of Oswego, New York and the obligations thereunder to establish rules, regulations and procedures for all city departments, and to faithfully execute all local laws, ordinances, and applicable state and federal laws, it is and shall hereby be:

ORDERED, that the rules and regulations promulgated by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allowing local municipalities to give priority preference in housing to victims of
domestic violence is immediately implemented for the City of Oswego, pending annual review of the housing priority listing by the Common Council in accordance with 24 CFR 960.206(b)(4), 982.207(b) (4); and it is further

ORDERED, that the Director of the City’s Housing Assistance Program is directed to add victims of domestic violence to the priority housing list immediately and in compliance with the federal regulations; and it is further

ORDERED, that this Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall continue until said Order is revoked, modified or otherwise terminated by action of the Common Council’ accordance with its obligation to annually review the Housing Assistance Program’s Priority Housing Criteria.

Dated: June 12, 2018