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VOICE in the News

  • Sun, 12/06/2020 : CBSNEW.COM

    Coronavirus has already had a devastating economic impact: One in four American households has experienced job loss or diminished income during the pandemic

  • Fri, 10/16/2020 :

    NEWPORT NEWS — Cecelia Woodard gave a nervous glance down the road every time she heard a car approach.

    It was Tuesday morning and the sheriff was scheduled to arrive to evict her from the apartment she shares with her 64-year-old mother, who had left a few minutes earlier with a plan to donate plasma in hopes of scraping together money for a hotel room.

  • Thu, 09/03/2020 : Washington Post

    On Wednesday the Trump administration announced a halt on evictions through the end of the year, a move that may shield the millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes due to the financial chaos sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • 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 instability after the ban expires.

  • Fri, 08/14/2020 :

    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.

  • 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.

  • Fri, 08/07/2020 : Washington Post

    RICHMOND — A sharply divided Virginia Supreme Court on Friday granted Gov. Ralph Northam's request for a statewide moratorium on evictions, extending protections for another month.

  • 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.

  • Fri, 07/31/2020 :

    As eviction cases mount in Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam is again asking the state’s high court to delay hearings that could leave thousands of Virginians homeless during the pandemic.

  • Fri, 07/31/2020 :

    The head of Prince William County’s first public defender’s office hopes to begin accepting cases in September.

  • Thu, 07/30/2020 :

    A month after a state moratorium on evictions was lifted and as the federal ban ends, Gov. Ralph Northam has renewed his request for the state Supreme Court to put a halt to the court hearings that must happen before tenants can be thrown out.

  • 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.

  • Mon, 07/20/2020 :

    As thousands of Virginians face the prospect of losing their homes during a pandemic, faith leaders are calling on Gov. Ralph Northam to halt evictions while the new housing assistance programs can be fully implemented. 

  • Mon, 07/20/2020 :

    With evictions resuming across the state and enhanced unemployment benefits nearing their expiration, Northern Virginia clergy leaders are calling on Gov. Ralph Northam to implement a statewide pause on eviction proceedings.

  • Sun, 07/19/2020 :

    Virginia faith leaders addressed Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam at a virtual news conference on Sunday where they asked him to hold off on evictions so they can help inform residents about the assistance and protections in place to keep people in their homes who have been unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Fri, 07/17/2020 :

    See below for a video recording of the VOICE (“Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement”) news conference today, “in which 160+ renters and faith leaders called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to pause evictions to allow time for his new rent relief program to be implemented and for the General Assembly, when it convenes on Aug. 18th, to address expanded renter protections.”

  • Sat, 07/11/2020 :

    A coalition of 65 faith institutions in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley is calling on Governor Ralph Northam to put in place a new eviction moratorium across the commonwealth.

  • Thu, 06/25/2020 : Associated Press

    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.

  • Sat, 06/13/2020 : El Tiuempo Latino

    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.

  • Mon, 06/08/2020 : Prince William Times

    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.