Another Successful Statewide Legal Aid Conference!

The staff at VPLC just returned from the Annual Statewide Legal Aid Conference in Portsmouth.  The conference, organized by VPLC’s own wonderful Training Coordinator Danielle Manuel, is an annual gathering of 300 plus Legal Aid attorneys, staff and private attorneys who come together to hear the latest developments in many areas of poverty law. This […]

Williams: A New Children’s Hospital Must be Accessible to All

By Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch Here is yet another where-to-build-it debate that will speak to our region’s values. And this time, the sticking point is more about our future than our past. As a freestanding children’s hospital enters the planning stage, its location remains up in the air as our region’s localities revert to […]

Celebrating Richmond’s Hunger-Free Schools

Last week, VPLC was honored to be a part of an event to celebrate hunger-free schools in Richmond.  Through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), Richmond Public Schools (RPS) became one of the first school systems in Virginia to implement CEP districtwide. As a result, RPS provides breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge […]


On October 12, we closed out our second annual SNAP Challenge.  Participants tweeted, shared photos, and raised awareness of hunger in our community.  So what’s next in our drive to protect and strengthen SNAP?  We need you to call your House member. Ask your Member to co-sponsor H.R. 2384, a bill that would increase SNAP […]

What You Should Know About Protective Orders in Virginia

* If you are a victim of domestic or sexual violence, please call the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-838-8238 or visit this site to find the domestic violence program in your area.*   October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight top 5 things you […]

Study Finds Online Lenders are Often ‘Fraudulent and Abusive’

The Pew Charitable Trust released a new report, Fraud and Abuse Online: Harmful Practices in Internet Payday Lending yesterday. Nothing in this reports surprises us here at VPLC because we hear almost every day from people who call us for help with an online loan.  Nevertheless it is shocking to see the key findings from this report: […]

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