Housing Stability Program
Urgent: Classes Postponed
Thursday, March 12, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam declared a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth of Virginia in response to the number of coronavirus cases in Virginia. Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. is committed to the health and safety of our clients, community and staff; It is our number one priority.
Our management team has decided to take appropriate measures that will reduce risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 by making changes to how we deliver services to you, our valued community.
Effective immediately, all Eviction Diversion group education classes are suspended for the weeks of March 16th and March 23rd 2020.
We anticipate with improved conditions, that we will be able to reconvene classes Monday, March 30th, but will be reevaluating the situation on March 27th to make that determination. We will continue to monitor this crisis and will modify our services until our management determines what the best going forward. Should the time frame for suspended services go beyond the week of March 23, 2020, we will update with more information by March 27, 2020.
** If you are in a current payment plan that requires immediate action from HOME and you have not taken the necessary financial capability courses required for payment to be disbursed to your landlord, please contact your Housing Specialist today to discuss if there is an alternative option for you.
Housing Stability Program Overview
The program aims to divert evictions though financial literacy education. By focusing on spending management, financial goal setting, protecting personal property, smart budgeting, and sustainable money management techniques, we empower tenants to minimize or avoid the impact housing instability can have on a household. We provide both group education, and individual counseling to improve personal credit, manage debt, boost earning capability, and develop a personalized plan for building wealth and assets. In addition, we will help our participants identify supportive services that can aid in financial sufficiency and help maintain housing stability.
The program aims to:
- Build financial confidence.
- Teach sustainable financial decision-making.
- Promote mindful money management.
Housing Stability Workshop
HOME’s Housing Stability Workshop equips tenants with the knowledge and tools to manage circumstances that threaten their housing, money, and credit. This workshop is offered to our Eviction Diversion Program participants and the general public. The goal of the workshop is to build confidence to make financial decisions related to managing personal financial resources, protecting assets, and adapting to unexpected events such as evictions. Tenants will learn decision-making principles for long-term sustainability and mindful money management behaviors that will benefit them and their families. They will also leave this workshop with a better understanding of how to prevent, manage and overcome an eviction lawsuit.
Workshop topics include:
- Tenancy 101
- Housing Affordability
- Fair Housing
- Understanding The Lease
- Virginia Tenant Rights & Responsibilities
- Setting Personal Financial Goals
- Creating a Spending Plan to Meet Your Goals
- Virginia Eviction Process
- Preventing Evictions