Richmond, Virginia has the second-highest eviction rate in the United States, at 11.44%. Due to a legacy of redlining and other discriminatory housing practices, eviction in Richmond disproportionately impacts people and neighborhoods of color. This crisis has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with Richmond experiencing a 50% increase in homelessness since the beginning of 2020. Eviction has downstream impacts; families experiencing eviction often cannot find affordable housing (landlords are reluctant to rent to those who have been evicted from other homes), individuals have a harder time finding and keeping employment when they don’t have a permanent residence, and children experiencing eviction often struggle to keep up in school. For those in need of housing assistance, the justice gap continues to grow.
Over 700 evictions diverted in the last fiscal year (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021)
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The Eviction Diversion Program is financially assisted by a generous grant from the Virginia Law Foundation. The Virginia Law Foundation promotes through philanthropy the rule of law, access to Justice, and law-related education.
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