VPLC Staff Attorney Susheela Varky joined Governor McAuliffe along with other advocates while he signed the historic gun legislation that in part significantly helps family Victims of Domestic Violence with up to two year protective orders.Tired of Cadidates Not Tackling Real Issues like Housing? Welcome to CHACE
Tired of candidates discussing issues that are not really important to our day-to-day lives? What could be more important than making sure there is enough housing for everyone across income levels? Yet the issue of housing affordability has rarely been a key issue in electoral politics in Virginia and elsewhere in the nation. With […]Len Bennett is the Consumer Attorney of the Year
Leonard Bennett received the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award in November. NACA is a nationwide organization of more than 1,500 attorneys who represent consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive and predatory business practices. Len’s dedication to helping his consumer clients and helping other lawyers represent their clients is […]Is the “Refund Freeze” going to thaw?
After two years of defending rate freeze, Dominion says it’s ‘time to transition away’ from the controversial 2015 law So, victory may be at hand in the bipartisan effort to repeal this law. However, we still expect a difficult fight ahead of us to have those excessive profits returned to Virginia’s energy consumers. A recent […]Banks need to respect their customers’ right to control their own account
Gilliam v. BB&T We are filing this lawsuit with the law firm of Kelly and Crandall to force BB&T and other banks and credit unions to follow a 40-year old federal law and to respect their customers’ right to control their own accounts. Millions of consumers authorize companies to automatically deduct payments from their deposit […]Thank you VPLC Board of Directors Thank you Thank you McGuireWoods Thank you Kelly and Crandall Law Firm First RAM Clinic to Southside VA Sponsored by Healthcare Navigator
VPLC Healthcare Navigator team joins effort to bring healthcare clinic to Southside Virginia Elise Brown, a healthcare navigator in Emporia, VA, took on the massive undertaking of getting the RAM (Remote Area Medical) clinic, famous for providing healthcare to thousands in Southwest Virginia, to the Southside region. Emporia and other parts of Southside Virginia have […]VPLC’s Kathy Pryor received the Darrel Tiller Mason Excellence in Advocacy Award
VPLC’s own Kathy Pryorreceived the disAbility Law Center’s highest award at their Liberty and Justice for ALL Annual Gala. Kathy received the Darrel Tiller Mason Excellence in Advocacy Award tonight for her advocacy on behalf of the elderly and disablede’re proud to work with such an amazing attorney advocate and leader. Read Kathy’s gracious […]New VPLC Study Released: The Myth of Virginia’s Rate Utopia
Report Release Today VPLC’s Affordable Clean Energy Project released its first report “The Myth of Virginia’s Rate Utopia: A Comparison of Rates, Bill, and Riders” This report grapples with the disconnect between Virginia’s low electric rates, but the feeling many people have of high electric bills. We created this report to help ourselves and […]Combining Efforts Can Be a Win for Tenants Across the Country
Inaccuracies in records and discriminatory renting practices that haunt tenants for years might be meeting their match from a joint effort In many states, including Virginia, property management firms—particularly those which operate large, multi-family rental complexes—conduct background checks on prospective tenants and will deny admission to applicants who have been previously sued for eviction. Frequently […]Electric Rate and Review Freeze – Not Such a Clearly Positive Picture
Dominion’s recent OpEd, “Why Dominion’s electric rate freeze in Virginia is good for residents” doesn’t provide a full picture of how the freeze is affecting electricity bills in Virginia. The Virginia Poverty Law Center is concerned that Dominion’s “rate freeze” has the potential to hit Virginia’s most economically vulnerable consumers the hardest. An electricity […]Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps – VISTA Member Position
VISTA Position Available The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), in partnership with Hunger Free America, has an opening for an anti-hunger VISTA member with Virginia Hunger Solutions (FRAC’s state-based initiative headquartered in Richmond, Virginia). This position is a one-year AmeriCorps/Vista placement to help build capacity for the federal nutrition programs in Virginia. The VISTA […]Location is Everything – Rental Housing Discrimination as a barrier to Economic Mobility
An important focus of VPLC’s housing work is on education, litigation and policy advocacy to reduce historical patterns of residential segregation and promote diverse, inclusive communities. This activity is heavily data-driven and centers on fair housing laws and the rights of disadvantaged populations. But how does combatting segregation and discrimination in housing markets reduce poverty? […]End the Refund and Review Freeze
VPLC is joining with a bipartisan group of legislators asking Governor McAuliffe to overturn 2015 legislation that is harming Virginia’s electricity consumers. The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in 2015 (SB 1349) that fixed the base rates charged by public utilities, Appalachian Power and Dominion, to its Virginia customers and prohibits the State Corporation Commission […]ENERGY EFFICIENCY: What is it and Why does it matter?
ENERGY EFFICIENCY: WHAT IS IT AND WHY DOES IT MATTER? By Ben Greenberg, Affordable Clean Energy Project The Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) initiated its Affordable Clean Energy Project in 2016. The purpose of the project is to give a voice to low-income Virginians on the impacts of energy costs and the need for energy […]Crossover Report
This past week was crossover at the Virginia General Assembly meaning that the House of Delegates will now consider Senate bills and the Senate will consider House bills. VPLC advocates reviewed 2,600 bills introduced in the first two weeks of the session and decided to follow 255 of those bills as they made their way […]HB1692: Hurts Unrepresented Parties in Family Law Cases
HB1692 (Collins) would make family law litigation more difficult for those without an attorney Simply put, there are not enough legal aid or pro bono attorneys to meet the need in family law cases in Virginia. HB1692 relates to family law cases in which some matters may be decided by the Juvenile & […]