Press Releases

Resources available to individuals and families in the Richmond region that can help them avoid eviction.
May 10, 2021

A recent federal court decision potentially overturning the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) nationwide eviction moratorium has created uncertainty for individuals and families protected by the CDC rule.

HOME Settles Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against Richmond Landlord, Teresa Vetter
January 26, 2021

Must sell rental properties and cannot be a landlord for 5 years. Must pay $25,000. Must take mandatory fair housing training.

HOME of VA Receives $300,000 Grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to Keep Richmond Renters in Homes
October 19, 2020

Grant will help renters impacted by COVID-19 with counseling and legal assistance to avoid eviction, part of the company’s efforts to keep people housed.

Settlement with Kay Management Company Reached Regarding Discriminatory Criminal Background Screening Policy
July 16, 2020

HOME, Kay Management Company, and Former Tenants Reach Settlement Regarding Criminal Background Screening Policy that HOME Alleged Disproportionately Excluded Black and Latinx Housing Applicants

HOME Files Federal Fair Housing Lawsuit Against Richmond Landlord
May 19, 2020

“I mean being a private landlord as opposed to an apartment complex, there are things that—there are—I can subtly just disregard certain laws like that.” – Teresa Vetter

Federal Court Greenlights Fair Housing Discrimination Claims Against Major Financial Services Companies
November 19, 2019

In a victory for HOME, NFHA and many other fair housing partners, a federal judge largely denied Deutsche Bank Trust companies’, Altisource’s, and Ocwen’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit concerning discrimination against communities of color.

HOME and Former Tenants Sue to Protect Housing for Persons with Criminal Records
October 24, 2019

Heather Mullins Crislip, President and CEO of HOME states: “When an overly broad policy is set out by a housing provider, it sets our society up for huge inequities. Our criminal justice policy disproportionally arrests and sentences African American and Latinx citizens. Overly broad criminal screening policies, like the one deployed by Kay Management, continue that sentence for a lifetime.”

HOME Settles Race Discrimination Lawsuit Against Sterling Glen Apartments
August 6, 2019

Settlement Includes New Application Policy Regarding Criminal History. The new policy should be an industry model for how landlords can screen applicants fairly and avoid discrimination, according to the attorneys in the case. Read more here.

ACLU on behalf of HOME Sues to Challenge Housing Policy in Chesterfield
June 4, 2019

“We want landlords to understand that blanket bans are not an effective remedy to ensure the health and safety of your residents,” said C. Alexander Guzmán, director of fair housing for HOME of Virginia, a fair housing organization. Read more here.

HOME Supports HUD Lawsuit over Suspension of Fair Housing Rule
May 8, 2018

HOME announced its support of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and other fair housing partners’ lawsuit asking a federal court to order the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to reinstate a federal rule.

Sexual Harassment Fair Housing Complaint Settles in Chesterfield
April 24, 2018

Complaint alleged that TRG Management staff at the Park at Ridgedale Independent Living community in Chesterfield County failed to act to remedy incidents of sexual harassment initiated by a tenant against another resident.

Deutsche Bank, Ocwen, & Altisource Accused of Racial Discrimination
February 1, 2018

National Fair Housing Alliance, Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, and 18 other Civil Rights Groups File Federal Lawsuit Over Neglected Foreclosures in Communities of Color in 30 U.S. Metro Areas.

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