Aging and fraud: how to fend off scammers as we grow older

Friday, June 7th, 2019

As we age, we become more vulnerable to scammers. According to a report by NPR, as few as one in 44 cases of financial scams are ever reported, and older people lose anywhere from $2.9 billion to $36 billion each year from financial exploitation. It’s a scary prospect, knowing that many adults with no cognitive […]

After 10 long years, a LA VIDA client finally receives her green card

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Alicia* was getting ready to have nursing school graduation pictures taken when she got a call from VPLC.  “Don’t make me cry!” she squealed with delight.  After waiting 10 long years, she’d been granted her green card, or Lawful Permanent Resident status. Alicia and her mother came to VPLC in 2011, when she was just […]

Eviction Spotlight: Landlord illegally hauls woman’s mobile home into a vacant field on Easter weekend

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

We often hear that tenants are the problem when it comes to evictions and that landlord harassment only comes from a few “bad apples,” but we witness many landlords taking advantage of low-income Virginians through our Eviction Legal Helpline. The Eviction Spotlight series seeks to shed light on these stories. Delmy* owns her mobile home […]

Addressing rising elder abuse in Virginia

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Patricia* moved to Virginia to live with her daughter and son-in-law. Not long after moving in, their relationship began to sour, and Patricia began suffering both physical and mental abuse. She was eventually told she had less than a week to move out with no alternative support network in place. Unfamiliar with resources in Virginia, […]

VPLC Pushes CFPB to Keep Consumer Protection Rules in Place for Lenders

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2019 CONTACT: Dana Wiggins, VPLC Director of Outreach and Consumer Advocacy, [email protected] Monica Lauw, VPLC Communications Manager, [email protected] VIRGINIA COALITION PUSHES CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TO KEEP CONSUMER PROTECTION RULES IN PLACE FOR LENDERS “I took out my first loan around three years ago when my husband got sick and […]

Eviction Spotlight: Disabled Vietnam veteran faces eviction after Social Security check arrives late

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

We often hear that tenants are the problem when it comes to evictions and that landlord harassment only comes from a few “bad apples,” but we witness many landlords taking advantage of low-income Virginians through our Eviction Legal Helpline. The Eviction Spotlight series seeks to shed light on these stories. Paul* is a disabled Vietnam […]

To improve foster care in Virginia, work to keep families together

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

This April, Governor Northam signed bipartisan legislation improving foster care in Virginia, an outcome of work between VPLC, community partners, and legislators in response to problems with the state’s foster care system. Still, there’s more to be done, including before children enter the system and around how we make decisions about removing children from their […]

Eviction Spotlight: Getting evicted for criminal history related to untreated disabilities

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

We often hear that tenants are the problem when it comes to evictions and that landlord harassment only comes from a few “bad apples,” but we witness many landlords taking advantage of low-income Virginians through our Eviction Legal Helpline. The Eviction Spotlight series seeks to shed light on these stories. Linda* lives in apartments along […]

New Coalition Launches to Reform Virginia Energy Policy

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

For Immediate Release New Coalition Launches to Reform Virginia Energy Policy Lower prices, ratepayer choice, and clean energy unite Virginia Energy Reform Coalition MEDIA CONTACT Cassady Craighill, 828-817-3328, [email protected] Cat McCue, 434-953-8672, [email protected] Peter Vicenzi, (202) 942-7621, [email protected]   Richmond, May 7, 2019 – Nine organizations representing a wide range of public policy ideologies introduced […]

This Ramadan, join us in fighting hunger in Virginia

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Sunday marked the start of Ramadan, the holiest month of the year for Muslims. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink (even water) from dawn to sunset to learn and practice self-control, gratitude, and compassion. Ramadan is a month of contemplation, devotion, and spiritual rejuvenation. While we contemplate our own hunger, we become mindful […]

Eviction Spotlight: Being forced out after filing a Tenant’s Assertion based on unlivable conditions

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

We often hear that tenants are the problem when it comes to evictions and that landlord harassment only comes from a few “bad apples,” but we witness many landlords taking advantage of low-income Virginians through our Eviction Legal Helpline. The Eviction Spotlight series seeks to shed light on these stories. Tara*, a section 8 voucher […]

VPLC’s 2019 Legislative Review

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

With another General Assembly session behind us and the dust settled after this month’s veto session, here is a review of what occurred during the 2019 legislative session. This year brought several wins—foster care reform, fairer laws for tenants in the wake of a report detailing Virginia’s high eviction rates, and the end of driver’s […]

Eviction Spotlight: Chesterfield mother of three faces writ of possession executed against judgment

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

We often hear that tenants are the problem when it comes to evictions and that landlord harassment only comes from a few “bad apples,” but we witness many landlords taking advantage of low-income Virginians through our Eviction Legal Helpline. The Eviction Spotlight series seeks to shed light on these stories. Laura’s* most recent Unlawful Detainer […]

Surviving domestic and sexual violence while undocumented: one woman’s story

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). To learn more, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Ana* met her husband online through a Christian dating website. He was charming, handsome, and seemed to adore her when they first met. After they married, all that changed. Her husband became manipulative, jealous, and controlling. He began […]

Seven new laws that will help renters sleep easier

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Renting your home from someone else isn’t always easy, especially when you’re living paycheck to paycheck. When an emergency car repair eats half your monthly rent money, you have to beg and borrow the other half in time to avoid eviction. If your landlord doesn’t fix the hot water heater or replace the broken steps […]

Eviction Spotlight: Getting evicted after reporting sexual assault

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

We often hear that tenants are the problem when it comes to evictions and that landlord harassment only comes from a few “bad apples,” but we witness many landlords taking advantage of low-income Virginians through our Eviction Legal Helpline. The Eviction Spotlight series seeks to shed light on these stories. Mary*, a 70-year-old woman renting […]

Solving the mobile home park problem

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver shed light on an issue we’ve long been working on in Virginia: improving the conditions of mobile home parks. These communities, which offer affordable home-ownership and autonomy, have great potential—if we hold accountable the private owners who routinely exploit them. Life in the Park On a typical morning, […]

Eviction Spotlight: Getting evicted after going to the press

Monday, April 8th, 2019

We often hear that tenants are the problem when it comes to evictions and that landlord harassment only comes from a few “bad apples,” but we witness many landlords taking advantage of low-income Virginians through our Eviction Legal Helpline. The Eviction Spotlight series seeks to shed light on these stories. Darrin Perry, a single father […]

General Assembly reconvenes for veto session

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Today, the General Assembly reconvenes for its annual “veto session,” when lawmakers vote on Governor Northam’s amendments and vetoes of bills that passed during the legislative session earlier this year. The legislators accept or reject the amendments and sustain or override the vetoes. Some key issues we’re monitoring this year include the Governor’s veto of […]

Promoting Consent for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s theme for SAAM is “I Ask,” championing the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. Sexual Assault is Widespread Nearly one in five women in the US have experienced rape or attempted rape at some point in […]

Eviction Spotlight: Virginia passed legislation this year to reduce evictions, but the problem is far from solved.

Monday, April 1st, 2019

We often hear that tenants are the problem when it comes to evictions and that landlord harassment only comes from a few “bad apples,” but we witness many landlords taking advantage of low-income Virginians through our Eviction Legal Helpline. The Eviction Spotlight series seeks to shed light on these stories. In Wise County, a mother […]

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