A Letter to Our Community

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

To our clients and community,

As the situation around COVID-19 evolves rapidly, we are doing all we can to help slow the spread of the virus while still supporting those who are being hit hardest by the pandemic. We urge everyone to consider how to help those in our community who may be facing difficult times.

Virginia Poverty Law Center’s physical office is closed, but VPLC staff are working remotely and are available for those who need civil legal assistance.

We’ve partnered with fellow advocates seeking temporary halts on the consequences that flow from having no income—evictions and utility shut-offs, for example. There has been a temporary halt to evictions since Virginia courts have closed, and the State Corporation Commission has ordered a halt to utility shut-offs by the utilities they regulate. We are also working with state officials to best ensure that people obtain and retain public assistance needed to get through this crisis.

See below for important information around appointments, resources, and closures.


Office Hours and Appointments at VPLC
Office hours and walk-in appointments are closed for the next two weeks.

The State Corporation Commission has directed regulated electric, natural gas, and water companies in Virginia to suspend service disconnections until the coronavirus outbreak subsides. See here for more information.

Court Closures
The Supreme Court of Virginia has declared a judicial emergency and suspended all Circuit & District court proceedings and all deadlines for a period of 21 days. Learn more here.

Social Security
All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service. Online services remain available.


  • Resources for Tenants
  • Eviction Legal Helpline: 1-833-NoEvict
  • Senior Legal Helpline: 844-802-5910
  • Predatory Loan Resources
  • Predatory Lending Helpline: 866-855-4501
  • ENROLL Virginia! Helpline: 888-392-5132
  • Find your local legal aid office: 1-866-LEGLAID


Stay safe and take care,

Jay Speer
Executive Director
Virginia Poverty Law Center


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