40 Faces, 40 Years – A Celebration

Friday, October 5th, 2018

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

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

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

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

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

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

“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

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

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

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

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 […]

Jill Hanken’s Remarks at Healthcare Rally 3-1-18

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Governor Northam’s Remarks at Medicaid Expansion Rally 3-1-18

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

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Tired of Candidates Not Tackling Real Issues like Housing? Welcome to CHACE

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

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 the […]

The Campaign to Reduce Evictions (CARE)

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

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 […]

Successfully Working Against Housing Discrimination

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

  Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) and Central Virginia Legal Aid (CVLAS) Successfully Working Against Housing Discrimination The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing throughout the United States on the basis of disability.  One important facet of this protection against discrimination is that the Fair Housing Act can require a landlord to make […]

Why is Congress baiting Virginia for internet loan sharks?

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

  Thanks to the House of Delegate voting down HB 1248, Virginia will not be baiting for loansharks. Unfortunately, there is another big threat out there and this time it’s Bills in the U.S. Congress, including one sponsored by own Senator Warner. H.R. 3299 and S. 1642 are Bills in both Houses of Congress that […]

Working to Improve Laws for Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Every year at the Virginia General Assembly, VPLC supports, opposes and/or works to amend legislative initiatives that affect domestic and sexual violence victims. This year is no exception. As we approach Crossover (the point at which each chamber—the House of Delegates and the Senate—must finish hearing its own bills), we’ve highlighted some of the bills […]

Vote NO on HB 1248–Don’t Feed the Internet Loansharks

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

  The Online Lending Alliance–a group of internet loansharks is circling Virginia and telling your Delegate to vote for HB 1248.  Tell you Delegate to vote NO to keep the internet loansharks out. HB 1248 will allow internet lenders with no locations in Virginia to get a license under the Virginia Consumer Finance Act.   This […]

Supporting Kinship Guardian Assistance Program (KinGAP)

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Keeping families together by helping relative foster families become legal guardians When a child is placed in foster care by the court, sometimes a relative is approved to become the foster parent of the child. After the child has been placed in this relative foster home, in some circumstances—if the court determines that the child […]

Inclusionary Zoning: An Important Avenue to More Affordable Housing

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

In 2017, Virginia had enough affordable housing units for only 54 of every 100 low-income families,  according to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition.  This means almost half of low-income Virginians—more than 188,000 households—did not have access to housing they could afford.  This shortage is most pronounced among extremely low-income households, i.e., those earning less than […]

Tell your lawmaker: Don’t feed the internet sharks

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

If Congress and President Trump won’t do their jobs, Virginia must. SB 624 and SB 625 will update Virginia law to address online lending abuses.   It’s no secret that every year the payday loan industry finds new ways to exploit legal loopholes and skirt regulators. Once new rules are implemented, they try another tactic […]

Automatic Driver’s License Suspension for Failure to Pay Court Costs is Not Equal Justice

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

600,000 Virginians have lost their drivers licenses simply because they are too poor to pay their court fines and costs.   This effectively deprives them of reliable, lawful transportation necessary to get to and from work, take children to school, keep medical appointments, care for ill or disabled family members, or, paradoxically, to meet their financial obligations to […]

Help for Virginians victimized by student loan servicers

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Imagine paying $700 a month for 14 years on a student loan, only to watch its balance continue to rise.  Or making eight years of payments on a $28,000 debt whose balance remains unchanged.  Or being told your struggle to meet monthly payments can be put off, only to find out much later that doing […]

VPLC’s 2018 General Assembly Session Legislative Priorities.

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The 2018 General Assembly Session began Wednesday, January 10th, at 12 pm. You may recall VPLC reorganized last year into a center service delivery method to better serve the legal aid community and the greater community’s needs.   Therefore, this year’s Legislative Agenda reflects the center model, with the main issues listed under The Center for […]

Access to health coverage matters!

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

When people have access to health coverage and can take care of their medical needs, they are more likely to get needed care, and to be more financially secure and more productive. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of Virginians remain without insurance and are stuck in the health coverage gap because they make too little to […]