Susheela Varky with Governor McAuliffe as He Signs Historic Gun Deal that Helps DV Victims

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

VPLC Staff Attorney Susheela Varky joined Governor McAuliffe along with other advocates while he signed the historic gun legislation that in part significantly helps family Victims of Domestic Violence with up to two year protective orders.  

Don’t get rid of mobile home parks—make them better!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Three hundred people in Manassas almost became homeless because of a faulty sewer system earlier this year.  Almost all of them were homeowners, and none of them had caused the sewer system problem or were responsible for fixing it.  And, had the City of Manassas taken the action they’d threatened to take, most of these […]

ALL payday lenders should follow the law

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

“When Pauline H, then 95 years old, moved back to Virginia so her grandson could help care for her… she took out what she thought was a ($450) payday loan.   A year later, she had paid $597 toward her $450 loan and the lender, Allied Cash Advance, said she still owed $776.” He borrowed $100 from […]

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

Monday, January 8th, 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 […]

Your Mother’s Nursing Home Not Treating Her Right? Who Do You Call?

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Apparently, the federal government is going to do even less than they already do when it comes to making sure nursing homes follow the laws and regulations that protect patients.  So, who do you call? Virginia’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program might be able to help.  Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTC) advocate for older persons receiving long-term […]

Anti-Lunch Shaming Bill

Monday, January 8th, 2018

By Kathleen Murphy Child Nutrition Specialist Virginia Hunger Solutions   Across the state, around 11 am, millions of students flood cafeterias ready to eat. Many have packed lunches from home. Others buy their lunches from the school cafeteria. As students approach the cash register they enter a pin number, say their name, or pay for the […]

Facts Not Funds

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

As you are aware, Virginia Poverty Law Center lobbies members of Virginia General Assembly on behalf of low-income Virginians.  We provide the public and policymakers the background knowledge, context, and understanding of how laws and regulations are affecting our clients.  Most of our lobbyists are lawyers experienced in not only policy advocacy but also litigation […]

Len Bennett is the Consumer Attorney of the Year

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Leonard Bennett received the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award in November.  NACA is a nationwide organization of more than 1,500 attorneys who represent consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive and predatory business practices. Len’s dedication to helping his consumer clients and helping other lawyers represent their clients is […]

Is the “Refund Freeze” going to thaw?

Friday, December 29th, 2017

After two years of defending rate freeze, Dominion says it’s ‘time to transition away’ from the controversial 2015 law  So, victory may be at hand in the bipartisan effort to repeal this law.  However, we still expect a difficult fight ahead of us to have those excessive profits returned to Virginia’s energy consumers. A recent […]

Support William’s Christmas Wish

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

You’re most likely deep in holiday preparations. It’s a wonderful time of year to enjoy friends and family and pass along best wishes for good health, comfort, and joy. ‘Tis the Season! Access to affordable health care may not be on your list this year but see the young man in the brown jacket in […]

Virginians Should Insist On Fairness In Rent To Own Real Estate Transactions

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

  In recent years, some real estate entrepreneurs have begun marketing homes under so-called “rent-to-own” deals.  While the notion of renting-to-own can appeal to consumers as an affordable path to homeownership, in practice rent-to-own is most often a predatory scheme that saddles consumers with all the costs and burdens of home ownership (such as making […]

Worried about identity theft? Proposed new law in Virginia may help.

Friday, December 15th, 2017

You may recall the massive Equifax data breach that compromised the personal information of 145 million Americans in September. As a result, millions of individuals’ names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, and in some cases driver’s license numbers, were all accessed. For many Americans, the Equifax data breach has substantially increased their risk of identity […]

Student Loan Debt Is Also Contributing To Virginia’s Teacher Shortage

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Governor McAuliffe recently took emergency action because Virginia’s teacher shortage “is a growing crisis that we have to stop and reverse if we are serious about the commonwealth’s economic future.  High-quality teachers are the key to unlocking the potential in our children.”  Among other changes, the Governor wants to allow teachers to get into classrooms […]

Legal Education Forum – Tomorrow – Dec. 2nd 10:30 AM

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Donate A Tank of Gas – #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family.  I spent mine in Newport News. I’m fortunate.  I have a car and the money to fill up the gas tank to make the drive there and back.  For $25 I was able to travel and spend the holidays with my family […]

Save The Date – #GivingTuesday is November 28th.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

November 28th is #GivingTuesday.  It follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, commercially designed days to have you spend money on material goods.  #GivingTuesday is dedicated to helping everyone make a difference for those who may not have the resources to take advantage of days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  And, I’m asking you to make […]

Banks need to respect their customers’ right to control their own account

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Gilliam v. BB&T We are filing this lawsuit with the law firm of Kelly and Crandall to force BB&T and other banks and credit unions to follow a 40-year old federal law and to respect their customers’ right to control their own accounts. Millions of consumers authorize companies to automatically deduct payments from their deposit […]

Thank you VPLC Board of Directors

Monday, September 25th, 2017

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Monday, September 25th, 2017

Thank you McGuireWoods

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Thank you Kelly and Crandall Law Firm

Monday, September 25th, 2017