2021 Crossover Update

Monday, February 8th, 2021

Last Friday was “Crossover Day” in the General Assembly, the last day for bills to be heard in the Senate or House of Delegates before crossing over to the other chamber for review. Check out our 2021 Crossover Update to learn more about the progress of our legislative priorities for this session.

General Assembly Session Update: Recap on Week 3

Sunday, January 31st, 2021

While much of our work at the General Assembly is not making the headlines, we are quietly having success (so far) with our initiatives to create a more just and equitable Virginia. Housing Our housing bills are all about preventing evictions. Many of our initiatives are supported by landlords because avoiding eviction also often leads […]

PRESS RELEASE: President Biden Reopens ACA Health Insurance Marketplace for New Open Enrollment Period

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2021 President Biden Reopens ACA Health Insurance Marketplace for New Open Enrollment Period New Open Enrollment period aimed at providing relief to those who have lost coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic RICHMOND, Va.- President Joe Biden signed an executive order Thursday to reopen the Affordable Care Act’s federal health insurance […]

Housing Advocacy Session Update: Week Three

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Welcome to the third week of the 2021 legislative session. We have bills up this week that need your support! Dear fellow housing advocates, The 2021 Virginia legislative session is in its third week now. We have made great progress on tenants’ rights in this short session and have more to go! With the help […]

General Assembly Session Update: One Full Week Down

Sunday, January 24th, 2021

The 2021 General Assembly completed its first full week, and this virtual session is running smoothly thanks to the General Assembly staff and the cooperation of legislators and their staff. But it’s not the same as an in-person session. It’s very difficult for VPLC advocates to talk with legislators and their staff when everything must […]

Housing Advocacy Session Update: Week Two

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Welcome to the second week of the 2021 legislative session. We have bills up this week that need your support! Dear fellow housing advocates, Welcome to the second week of the 2021 legislative session! Thank you to everyone who signed up and spoke in support of tenants’ rights legislation last week. We are happy to […]

Update from the Executive Director: Continuing the Fight for Economic Justice for All

Sunday, January 17th, 2021

The Virginia General Assembly is off and running. This is the 402nd year the General Assembly has met, and it promises to be like no other thanks to the continuing pandemic. The House of Delegates is meeting virtually, and the Virginia Senate is meeting both in-person and virtually. As always, VPLC has an important legislative […]

Update from VPLC’s Housing Advocacy Team: Support Tenants’ Rights During 2021 Session

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

2021 legislative session starts today. Join us in supporting policies that improve rights and opportunities for tenants. Dear fellow housing advocates, It’s the first day of the 2021 legislative session, and we’re excited to continue our advocacy to defend, preserve, and enhance opportunities for low-income Virginians! We hope you will join us this session in support […]

Join Us! Happy Hour or Coffee & Chat with VPLC: 2021 Legislative Priorities

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

The Virginia General Assembly will convene on January 13, 2021. Join VPLC for a virtual happy hour or your morning coffee as we discuss our legislative priorities for the 2021 General Assembly session! Each event will last 30 minutes—we’ll briefly review our agenda and save plenty of time to answer questions. We hope to see you there! Register for Happy […]

PRESS RELEASE: Enroll Virginia Encourages Virginians to Sign Up for Health Coverage Before Dec. 15 Deadline

Friday, December 11th, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2020 Enroll Virginia Encourages Virginians to Sign Up for Health Coverage Before Dec. 15 Deadline More than 108,000 Virginians have already enrolled during this Open Enrollment cycle; free, unbiased assistance is available through Enroll Virginia RICHMOND, Va.- Virginians seeking health coverage still have time to find a plan and enroll […]

PRESS RELEASE: Open Enrollment Ends December 15

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 30, 2020 Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace ends Tuesday, December 15 —meaning that Virginians who do not renew or sign up for coverage for the first time before December 15 could have to wait up to another year for health coverage. Enroll Virginia, a nonpartisan, community-based organization, has a […]

PRESS RELEASE: VPLC Receives $750,000 Donation from Amazon to Help More Families Facing Eviction Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, November 16th, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 16, 2020 Virginia Poverty Law Center Receives $750,000 Donation from Amazon to Help More Families Facing Eviction Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Funding part of Amazon’s $3 million donation to increase staff and resources at Virginia Poverty Law Center and three additional legal service providers across the Washington, D.C. metro region to […]

VPLC STATEMENT: On Governor Northam’s Announcement of Additional Funding for Rent and Mortgage Relief

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, October 7, 2020 STATEMENT OF VIRGINIA POVERTY LAW CENTER On Governor Northam’s Announcement of Additional Funding for Rent and Mortgage Relief RICHMOND, VA – We are pleased that Governor Northam has allotted an additional $12 million into the Rent and Mortgage Relief fund, but more must be done to help the […]

STATEMENT: On House and Senate Budget Language Regarding the Eviction Moratorium

Friday, September 25th, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, September 25, 2020 STATEMENT OF VIRGINIA POVERTY LAW CENTER On House and Senate Budget Language Regarding the Eviction Moratorium RICHMOND, VA – We are very disappointed in the language related to evictions in both the House and Senate budgets. The language doesn’t stop landlords from evicting people in the midst of […]

PRESS RELEASE: Virginia Poverty Law Center releases new SNAP eligibility calculator

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Virginia Poverty Law Center releases new SNAP eligibility calculator The mobile-friendly calculator shows a person’s eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and an estimate of benefits they could receive. RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) has released a new SNAP eligibility calculator that […]

Special Session Update

Friday, August 21st, 2020

A couple weeks ago, we shared a preview of what we’d be focusing on during the General Assembly special session that started August 18. See below for an update on the special session and issues we’re working on. How to Follow Special Session The Senate and House did not agree on procedural rules for the […]

Virginia Poverty Law Center releases new report on imbalances in Virginia’s electric utility regulation

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Virginia Poverty Law Center releases new report on imbalances in Virginia’s electric utility regulation The new report highlights disparities in Virginia’s regulatory construct by comparing the Commonwealth’s approach to electric utility regulation with that of similar states. RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Poverty Law Center has released a […]

Celebrating one legislative victory as we look toward more.

Saturday, August 8th, 2020

Last week, we celebrated an end to the injustice of predatory lending with the passage of the Virginia Fairness in Lending Act. But with the special session of the Virginia General Assembly right around the corner, we hope you will roll up your sleeves with us and get back to work advocating for justice for […]

Reuniting Families During a Global Pandemic

Monday, June 29th, 2020

June is Reunification Month: a celebration of children in foster care returning home and reuniting with their loved ones. But for thousands of children and families currently separated through foster care, it has been devastating to be forced to stay apart during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some families who were on track to be reunified are […]

PRESS RELEASE: Va Supreme Court halts evictions through June 28 at request of Gov. Northam

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 CONTACT: Christie Marra, Director of Housing Advocacy [email protected] (804) 615-8150 Monica Lauw, Communications Manager [email protected] (804) 351-5262 RICHMOND, VA — Early Monday afternoon, the Virginia Supreme Court ordered that all residential evictions be immediately suspended for a period of twenty-one days. The order was issued in response to […]

Statement of Solidarity from VPLC

Monday, June 8th, 2020

At the Virginia Poverty Law Center, racial injustice is inextricably linked to our work eliminating poverty in the Commonwealth. Our mission is to break down the systemic barriers that keep low-income Virginians in poverty. It must be recognized that poverty rates for Black and Latinx Virginians are roughly double that of white Virginians. Therefore, we […]