The Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) is a non-profit organization that serves Virginia's legal aid system by providing advocacy, training, and litigation support on civil justice issues that affect low-income Virginians.
Wiggins: It’s a New Day in the Struggle Against Bad Lending Practices

Wiggins: It’s a New Day in the Struggle Against Bad Lending Practices

By Dana Wiggins, Richmond Times-Dispatch Op-Ed

Last week, Richmond became the latest battleground in the fight over high-cost loans and … Read more

School Breakfast Reaching More Children in Virginia

School Breakfast Reaching More Children in Virginia

The annual national school breakfast report released today by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) finds that 221,414 low-income … Read more

2015 Legislative Session

2015 Legislative Session

The General Assembly adjourned in late February.  We want to update you on how some of our legislative priorities fared … Read more

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Transparency Virginia Issues Report

A report released this week by Transparency Virginia, a coalition we joined during the General Assembly Session, shows that the … Read more

Report: One in Seven Hungry in Virginia

By Dan Heyman, Public News Service-VA

RICHMOND, Va. – One Virginian in every seven risks going hungry, according to a new … Read more

Virginia is Second Southern State to Ban the Box

State employment applications will no longer have a question asking potential employees whether they have a criminal history.  As of … Read more

Auto Title Loans Riskier Than Payday Loans, New Report Says

By Herb Weisbaum, NBC News Digital

When you’re desperate for cash and have run out of options, you might be … Read more

Governor Terry McAuliffe appoints VPLC’s Christie Marra to Child Support Guideline Review Panel

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration today. The appointees will join McAuliffe’s administration focused on … Read more

Payday Loan Debt Relief: In Reality, Provides No Relief At All

“Are payday loans ruining your life? Do you have more payday loans than you’re able to pay back right now? … Read more

Last Week of Healthcare Marketplace Open Enrollment: A Flurry of Activity

By Natasha Evans, CHEP Coordinator

On February 16, 2015, Central Virginia and other parts of the state were hit with … Read more

Groups Want More Transparency in Assembly Proceedings

By Patrick Wilson, The Virginian-Pilot

A coalition for activist groups want state legislators to be more transparent in how they review … Read more

Dangers of Applying for an Online Payday Loan

By Susan Ladika,

As consumers move their financial activities online, applying online for a payday loan may seem like … Read more

Guest Blog: Attending Desk Meetings at the General Assembly

The following is a guest blog post by a VPLC intern:

The Virginia legislative process is meant to be transparent. … Read more

Without Medicaid Expansion, VA Paying More to Get Less

By Dan Heyman, Public News Service- VA

By choosing not to expand Medicaid, health policy and budget analysts say the … Read more

Your Health: Observation Status and Medicare

By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virginia legislators are considering a bill that would require hospitals to notify patients when their … Read more