Amid Continuing Pandemic, Families Wait for Housing Help

Oct 21, 2020
Cat Modlin-Jackson

Our pandemic reality is precarious. And many Virginians have struggled like never before to keep the lights on and pay the rent.

Since a special session began in the summer, members of the General Assembly have acted on a series of rules intended to provide relief for both tenants and landlords trying to make ends meet.

Housing markets in Virginia are on the mend, but the road ahead is still unclear for renters struggling to recover from the economic devastation of COVID-19.

That’s one takeaway lawmakers heard at a Virginia Housing Commission meeting Wednesday.

New Housing Anti-discrimination Laws now in Effect

Jul 7, 2020

Housing advocates in Virginia are celebrating landmark anti-discrimination laws that took effect July 1st.

One prohibits landlords from turning away renters based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. And another could help deconcentrate poverty and racial segregation.

When Rent Comes Due During COVID-19

Apr 30, 2020
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

When April First came around, many weren’t able to make rent after being laid off in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday is May First and the problem is set to repeat itself.

AP Photo / John Bazemore, File

Zoning decisions are usually made by your local government. But, lawmakers in Richmond are thinking about getting into the act.