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.  Housing stabilization supports include a variety of resources to qualified residents.

For City of Richmond Residents:

City of Richmond Eviction Diversion Program– Available to qualified residents that have received an unlawful detainer to assist with rent arrears. Prevention funding is available for tenants who have received a pay or quit notice for nonpayment of rent and for security deposits in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and maintain housing stabilization.

Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot (VERP): VERP is to address issues impacting housing insecurity and the rate of evictions in Virginia. Focuses on stabilizing individual households through housing supports including rental financial assistance, transportation costs, child care costs, utility costs, case management and housing counseling.

To take part in these programs, the tenant must:

  • Have a valid lease in their name.
  • Have a gross household income at or below 80% of area median income.

 

City of Richmond resident can call 1-833-663-8428, press 4, and leave a message or apply below.

 

For Statewide Help through the Virginia Rent Relief Program:

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

Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-1:30pm and 5:30-6:30pm. Use the link below to register.