Register for the 2018 Annual Statewide Legal Aid Conference

We are inviting you this year to the lively city of Norfolk, Virginia for the 2018 Annual Statewide Legal Aid Conference! This educational conference is hosted by Virginia Poverty Law Center and Virginia’s legal aid programs. This year’s event has plenty of CLE offerings for attorneys and other legal aid professionals, including non-CLE sessions for […]

40 Faces, 40 Years – A Celebration

Thank You! To everyone who joined us and made our 40th Celebration event and photography exhibit possible! This year, VPLC celebrated 40 years of serving low-income Virginians and the quest to ensure equal access to justice. Virginia Poverty Law Center: 40 Faces, 40 Years is a photography event featuring forty Virginians who qualify for legal aid […]

Thank you Boleman Law Firm

We are honored that the Boleman Law Firm, PC is partnering with us as our 40th Anniversary presenting sponsor. The Boleman Law Firm makes this support in recognition of VPLC’s 40 years of advocacy on behalf of low-income Virginians and in honor of all of those working for equal justice at Virginia’s legal aid programs. Thank you Boleman […]

Electricity Burden and the Myth of Virginia’s Rate Utopia

The Affordable Clean Energy Project (ACEP) of Virginia Poverty Law Center has a new interactive map that provides a visual representation of Virginia’s households electricity burden, further dispelling the myth of Virginia’s “rate utopia.” On average Virginia households experience an already higher than average electricity burden of 3.1%, compared to a national average of 2.7%. “Electricity […]

Payday lending by any other name still stinks

“A rose by another name would smell as sweet.” (Romeo and Juliet). Or in the case of predatory lending:  Payday lending by any other name still stinks. Because too many people have learned about the stink of payday lending, the lenders have had to change their products and claim they no longer do that.  But […]

Family Reunification Month: VPLC works on policies to keep families together

Following on the heels of National Foster Care Month, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has declared June to be Family Reunification Month. This is important, because Virginia’s rate of reunification after a child has been removed from a family and placed in foster care is only 30%: considerably lower than the national average of 50%. While […]

National Foster Care Month: Focus on Kinship Care

Occasionally, parents find themselves unable to take care of their children–often temporarily– while they cope with problems with health, employment, housing, addiction, or other life issues. Parents may rely on kinship care: grandparents or other relatives who take in and care for their children. According to the Annie E Casey foundation, 71,000 kids in Virginia […]

The Campaign to Reduce Evictions (CARE)

The Campaign to Reduce Evictions www.reduceevictions.org The Campaign to Reduce Evictions was formed in response to the release of nationwide eviction data gathered by Professor Matthew Desmond and his team and made available to the public at Eviction Lab www.evictionlab.org. The Eviction Lab data revealed that Virginia has five of the top ten highest eviction […]

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