Welfare bills progress in the Virginia Senate

Friday, January 18th, 2013

By Kathy Adams, The Virginian-Pilot Efforts to expand welfare eligibility, drug test some welfare recipients and limit where their benefits may be used are progressing in the Virginia Senate. The Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services this morning approved the measures, including a reworked version of a proposal to require drug testing for welfare […]

Group: Medicaid Expansion = 30,000 Jobs + Billions to VA Economy

Monday, January 14th, 2013

By Monique Coppola, Public News Service- VA Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said in his State of the Commonwealth Address this week that he will not support the Medicaid expansion in Virginia, which is part of the federal health care reform law. The governor’s new budget reflects this decision. Jill Hanken, an attorney with the Virginia […]

2013 Legislative Session

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

During the 2013 legislative session, VPLC will work to preserve and enhance opportunities for low-income Virginians to obtain health care, public assistance and safe and decent affordable housing.  We will also work to protect their rights to be free from predatory consumer practices and financial exploitation and safe from domestic and sexual violence.  Above all, […]

The New Loan Sharks

Monday, December 17th, 2012

By John Sandman, AARP Magazine Mary Love wants you to know: You don’t have to be poor to be a victim of payday loans. Love, 67, is a divorced LaGrange, Kentucky, resident and a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). When she got her first payday loan, in 2003, she wasn’t destitute; she was working […]

On Your Side Alert: Automatic Electronic Debits

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

By Gray Hall, NBC 12 In this age of technology, it’s likely you have a bill or two that’s taken out of our account electronically. For some it’s quick and convenient, but consumer advocates warn it’s not for everyone. Paying bills is just a fact of life. Some like the old fashion way, by mail, […]

Health-care Act Bringing Exchanges Into Effect

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

By Amy Jeter, The Virginian-Pilot Imagine if buying health insurance was kind of like reserving a hotel room. You log on to a website and answer questions about your age, the number of people in your family, your address. You answer more questions about your income, whether you want to keep your doctor, your preferred […]

Senate Poison Pill Could Allow more Mortgage Crises

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

By James W. Speer and Deborah Goldberg, Richmond Times-Dispatch Op-Ed What happens when banks make mortgage loans that borrowers cannot afford to repay? The borrowers end up in foreclosure. This is what happened to far too many borrowers in Richmond in recent years, as lenders chasing profits put aside the basic principles of safe, sound […]

Community Conversation on Health Care Implementation in Virginia

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Confused by all the talk of health care reform? Heard of the Affordable Care Act, but wondering what it will really mean for your community and the Commonwealth? Join the Richmond chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for an community conversation about these very issues! Community Conversation on Health Care Implementation in Virginia  Tuesday, November […]

46,600 Virginians to Receive Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Checks

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

By Kelly Avellino, NBC 12 If you lost your home through foreclosure, start checking your mailbox. Some 46,600 Virginians are eligible to receive a piece of a $25 billion settlement against five major mortgage companies, accused of abusing foreclosure practices. The Virginia Attorney General’s Office started mailing out claim forms Monday. Eligible candidates will receive at least […]

Thank you for your Support During the Amazing Raise

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Because of you, we raised $6,400 during this year’s Amazing Raise!  Thank you very much for your support!  Your generous donation goes a long way in helping us advocate for lower-income Virginians!

Virginia Becomes Hub for Risky Car Title Loans

Friday, August 24th, 2012

By Frederick Kunkle, The Washington Post When Brenda Ann Covington needed money a few months ago, she had only one big item left to pawn: her Chevy truck. Covington used the 2005 Silverado pickup as collateral to borrow money from one of the growing number of Virginia businesses that lend cash against a person’s car. […]

12 Investigates: Homeowners Missing Out on Mortgage Settlement Money

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

By Rachel DePompa, NBC 12 Millions of dollars meant to help distressed homeowners, may never reach the intended target. The funds are Virginia’s share of a $25 billion settlement by five of the nation’s largest loan services that admitted to illegally abusive foreclosure practices and even fraud. Virginia’s portion was $66.5 million, awarded in one-time lump […]

Refusing Expansion Would be a Costly Mistake for Virginia

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

The Virginia Poverty Law Center has joined with other advocacy groups to support the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act. “The Medicaid expansion could provide coverage to about 425,000 very low-income Virginians — nearly half of the one million uninsured in this state,” said VPLC health law attorney Jill Hanken.  “We […]

Food Assistance Schedule Will Change in September and October

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Virginians who depend on SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) to buy food will have a change coming in the fall. The change will cause a temporary delay in benefits for some recipients and will require a community response to keep families fed. Instead of everyone getting their benefit on the first day of […]

New Va. Law: Prenatal Care for Some Legal Immigrants Covered

Monday, July 9th, 2012

By Monique Coppola, Public News Service-VA Pregnant, low-income legal immigrants and children under the age of 19 are now eligible for health care through Medicaid and FAMIS (Family Access to Medical Insurance Security), under a new Virginia law that went into effect this week. Virginia Poverty Law Center staff attorney Jill Hanken says approximately 1,000 […]

New Data Shows Car Title Loans Big Business in Va.

Monday, July 9th, 2012

By Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press Virginia car title lenders doled out nearly 128,500 loans worth more than $125 million in 2011, according to data collected by the State Corporation Commission for the first full year under state regulation. Car title lenders were unregulated in Virginia until October 2010, when a new law took effect that […]

Advocates: Court Decision Huge Victory For VA Uninsured

Friday, June 29th, 2012

By Dan Heyman, Public News Service Advocates of the Affordable Care Act are hailing the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama’s healthcare reform law, especially what it means for the state’s uninsured. Jill Hanken, staff attorney with the Virginia Poverty Law Center, notes there are more than a million Virginians without health insurance. The Supreme […]

Violence Against Women Act in Limbo – Lives Hang in the Balance?

Monday, June 11th, 2012

By Monique Coppola, Public News Service-VA Reauthorization of the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) remains in limbo. The legislation has implications for the victims of rape, stalking and domestic violence in Virginia and around the nation. Originally enacted in 1994, the Senate passed a reauthorization last month (S. 1925) with expanded protections for Native […]

Funding Threatened for Domestic & Sexual Violence Protection

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Programs that provide legal assistance, shelter, counseling, and other support for victims of domestic and sexual abuse are in jeopardy throughout Virginia, as lawmakers in Washington battle over reauthorization of the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Legal Aid, which is in the vanguard of protecting victims, is already in a fiscal crisis, due to […]

McDonnell Criticized for Veto of Virginia Abused-Child Schooling Bill

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

By David Sherfinski, The Washington Times Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has found himself on the opposite side of advocacy groups spanning the political spectrum after vetoing a bill that would allow abused or neglected children living with a relative to enroll in the school district where the relative lives. The measure, backed by groups such as the Virginia Education Association, […]

VPLC Disappointed in Veto of SB 217

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The Virginia Poverty Law Center and Voices for Virginia’s Children are deeply disappointed that Governor McDonnell has vetoed SB 217, a bill sponsored by Senator George Barker that would have provided countless Virginia children living in kinship care arrangements with the educational stability they need to endure a family crisis. Parents facing difficulties such as […]