COVID and the looming eviction crisis

Thu, 05/20/2021 : ARLnow After residents spoke out about poor living conditions at the Serrano Apartments, county officials and building owner AHC Inc. say they are committed to making changes.

VOICE Welcomes Feds’ Acknowledgment of Eviction Threat; Urges Additional Funding, Action to Protect Renters, Landlords

Wed, 09/02/2020 : Leaders of VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) cautiously welcomed the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a nationwide eviction moratorium through Dec. 31, but noted that Congress and the Administration still need to work together to provide significant funding to prevent huge rental housing market … Read more

On evictions, it’s time for the governor to stop dithering

Fri, 08/07/2020 : As pastors of African-American congregations, we are gripped with uneasiness and frustration about the potential of hundreds of thousands of people in our congregations and around Virginia potentially losing their homes because the pandemic ravaged the economy and robbed them of jobs, income, health and housing stability.

Housing advocates urge Gov. Northam to ban eviction during pandemic

Mon, 08/03/2020 : Washington Post Affordable housing and antipoverty advocates are pressuring Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to issue an executive order banning evictions at least until late August, as state and federal protections have expired and eviction cases are piling up in local courts.

Prince William’s state lawmakers urge local courts to halt eviction for 3 weeks

Wed, 07/22/2020 : With hundreds of residents facing eviction in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park this month, area lawmakers are urging the local general district court to halt eviction hearings for three weeks to allow more time for at-risk renters to apply for housing assistance.