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.
City of Richmond Eviction Diversion Program
For City of Richmond Residents.
Available to qualified residents that have received an unlawful detainer to assist with rent arrears.
City of Richmond residents can call 1-833-663-8428 then press 4 and leave a message or apply below:
Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot (VERP):
For Chesterfield, Henrico, Hopewell, Petersburg, & City of Richmond Residents.
The purpose of the pilot program is to create a local or regional coordinated-systems approach to effectively prevent evictions. Eligible activities of the pilot include housing counseling, case management, landlord outreach, legal services, financial assistance, and court navigation services.
Eligible Clients for the VERP Program must have incomes 80% or below area median income (AMI). Those with incomes 60% or below AMI and have a court date will receive priority. The VERP 2.0 Program can only assist a maximum of up to $1,500.00 for rental assistance and fees. Eligible applicants are required to attend a Housing Stability Workshop and receive counseling from one of our HUD-Certified Counselors.
The following documentation is required to receive assistance:
- Rental Payment History (Lease Ledger)
- Landlord’s W9
- Income Documentation or Zero Income Form
- Benefit Information/Award letter (i.e., SSI, SSDI, SNAP, LIHEAP, TANF, WIC etc.)
Chesterfield, Henrico, Hopewell, Petersburg and City of Richmond Residents can call 1-877-315-1200 and leave a message or apply below:
Other Virginia localities
The Virginia Rent Relief Program is closing its portal to new applications on May 15, 2022 at 11:59pm. Due to this change HOME is no longer taking rent relief program applications for this program. If you do not have a court date and would like to apply on your own, please go to web.getgov2go.com or call 833-736-8735.
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 4th Thursday from 5:30-6:30pm. Use the link below to register.