Eviction Prevention & Diversion
Housing Stability Services
HOME offers education, counseling, and other assistance to those who are experiencing housing instability. Housing instability means anything that may threaten one’s ability to remain in their home, including evictions. We aim to increase engagement, awareness and knowledge of the housing stabilizing resources, rights, and protections available to the rental community. This is achieved through educational workshops, rental housing counseling, and resource supports.
We are offering online workshops for both tenants and landlords. These workshops are designed to educate individuals about decisions that affect and improve their housing situations. This includes reviewing responsibilities of tenancy, one’s fair housing rights under Virginia law, how to prevent, manage, or overcome an eviction, and available housing stability resources.
The educational component for landlords focuses on an overview of landlord responsibilities, fair housing regulations, and resources available for preventing evictions.
Housing Stabilization Workshop
This is a free workshop designed to enhance decision-making principles for long term housing sustainability. Topics covered include: Landlord-tenant rights, fair housing laws, preventing, managing, and overcoming an eviction lawsuit, personal money management and resources to help with rental needs.
Current Schedule for Tenants
Current Schedule for Landlords
For those in the City of Richmond and Henrico programs: We offer individuals one-on-one counseling to provide guidance that will empower tenants to make informed decisions based on their situations and needs. Providing tailored supports include helping prepare a sustainable household budget, identifying housing goals and barriers creating an action plan, and referrals to resources to assist with stabilizing housing.
Qualified tenants may be eligible for rent assistance paid directly to the landlord when combined with the educational and housing counseling components.
For City of Richmond Residents:
Available to qualified residents that have received an unlawful detainer or a late notice.
Financial assistance is made available through the City of Richmond Eviction Diversion Program and the Virginia Eviction Pilot Prevention Program.
The Rental Relief Program (RRP) will begin on July 1, 2021.
Established to maintain housing stability for tenants impacted by COVID-19 that are experiencing financial hardship. HOME and statewide partners will provide technical assistance to tenants and landlords in completing the RRP application. Depending on availability of funds and household need, the RRP may provide financial assistance for rent payments for eligible households for rent payments past due beginning April 1, 2020 and onward with opportunity for renewal based on availability of funding and the household’s need for additional assistance and continued eligibility. Chesterfield County and Fairfax County are administering separate local programs.