Volunteers Needed for Eviction Legal Helpline

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Research shows that eviction is a significant cause, not just a result, of poverty. And Virginia is suffering an eviction crisis among the worst in the nation. But no one should be forced from their home and have their life turned upside down simply because they don’t know their rights. Easy access to reliable legal information and advice can make all the difference for a tenant faced with potential eviction.

Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) has launched an Eviction Legal Helpline—a free service to provide information and legal advice by phone to tenants facing eviction. The Helpline is already reducing evictions and helping tenants preserve their access to quality housing in the future. But we need your help to serve as many of our neighbors as possible across Virginia.

Volunteer Description

Helpline intake volunteers return calls, gather basic information and documentation from tenants, and open a case file for an attorney to review. Volunteer attorneys then follow up with tenants, confirming the facts of the case and giving legal advice based on training and reference materials provided by VPLC. Any needed follow-up will be completed by VPLC staff.

The scope of the Helpline’s services is narrow—just basic information and legal advice about eviction. The commitment from each volunteer is modest and flexible. All activities can be performed from volunteers’ offices or homes on an internet-connected computer. VPLC offers excellent training, reference materials, and on-call support.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Eviction Legal Helpline, please register for one of two upcoming webinars for non-attorneys.

If you are an attorney licensed in Virginia interested in volunteering with the Helpline, please join us for the following webinar offered in conjunction with the Virginia State Bar Access to Justice. (Approved for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.)

Wednesday, August 21, 9:00 am | Register Here

Can’t join one of the webinars but interested in volunteering or learning more? Sign up here.

For questions, contact Phil Storey at [email protected] or (804) 418-3210.

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