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Northam unveils plans for limited new spending amid pandemic

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's is looking to block evictions until next spring, boost spending on high-speed internet access for students learning virtually and set aside $1 million for the safe removal of a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Read more about Northam unveils plans for limited new spending amid pandemic

Public defender’s office begins building staff

The head of Prince William County’s first public defender’s office hopes to begin accepting cases in September. Read more about Public defender’s office begins building staff

VIRGINIA: Detienen desalojos hasta finales de junio

Centenares de familias en Virginia que no han podido pagar el alquiler de su vivienda debido a la pandemia del coronavirus, pueden respirar unos días más sin temor a quedarse en la calle.

Los procedimientos de desalojo en ese estado fueron detenidos el lunes 8 de junio por orden de la Corte Suprema de Virginia, tras el pedido del gobernador Ralph Northam. Read more about VIRGINIA: Detienen desalojos hasta finales de junio

Gov. Ralph Northam launching housing assistance program, ending regular briefings

RICHMOND — Virginia is launching a new program to help people struggling to pay their rent or mortgages amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a Capitol news conference Thursday that his administration is putting an initial $50 million in federal coronavirus-relief funds toward housing assistance. Starting next week, Virginians whose ability to cover housing costs has been hurt by the pandemic can apply for financial assistance. Read more about Gov. Ralph Northam launching housing assistance program, ending regular briefings

Virginia extends halt on evictions until June 29

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday the state’s temporary moratorium on eviction proceedings has been extended until June 29 to allow time for his administration to launch a planned COVID-19 rent relief initiative. Read more about Virginia extends halt on evictions until June 29

This Virginia county is finally getting a public defender’s office. It’s a step in the right direction.

“IF YOU could change anything about the criminal justice system, if you had a magic wand, where would you start?” Community organizers in Prince William County posed that question to hundreds of prison inmates, ex-offenders and their families. Most said the same thing: They would start with legal representation. “Many of them were indigent defendants who had court-appointed attorneys,” explained the Rev. Keith Savage of the First Baptist Church of Manassas. “They said they didn’t feel like their appointed attorney fought for them.” Read more about This Virginia county is finally getting a public defender’s office. It’s a step in the right direction.

Prince William public defenders’ office survives state budget freeze

Even as the Virginia state government has halted most new spending for the upcoming fiscal year, plans for a new public defenders’ office for Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park are moving forward. Read more about Prince William public defenders’ office survives state budget freeze

Prince William County Public Defender Office Will Be Funded, Despite Coronavirus Constraints

Prince William County is the largest locality in Virginia without a public defender office — but it’s now another step closer to getting one. Read more about Prince William County Public Defender Office Will Be Funded, Despite Coronavirus Constraints

VIRGINIA

Congratulations, VOICE, on your work
In the Virginia General Assembly this year!

Throughout the General Assembly session that ended in early March, teams of VOICE leaders went to Richmond to speak with Cabinet members and our state senators and delegates to help move our key issues.

In addition, VOICE leaders responded when key state political leaders asked us to mobilize our people power to move on our shared budget interests. VOICE leaders acted -- and acted strategically. Read more about VIRGINIA

Reformers Find Hope In Proposed Prince William County Public Defender’s Office

A public defender’s office is likely coming to Prince William County after getting overwhelming support from Virginia lawmakers in both chambers. Read more about Reformers Find Hope In Proposed Prince William County Public Defender’s Office

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