Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) is committed to leading and coordinating efforts to seek justice in civil legal matters for lower income Virginians.
Working to Improve Laws for Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims

Working to Improve Laws for Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims

Every year at the Virginia General Assembly, VPLC supports, opposes and/or works to amend legislative initiatives that affect domestic and … Read more

Supporting Kinship Guardian Assistance Program (KinGAP)

Supporting Kinship Guardian Assistance Program (KinGAP)

Keeping families together by helping relative foster families become legal guardians

When a child is placed in foster care by … Read more

Tell your lawmaker: Don’t feed the internet sharks

Tell your lawmaker: Don’t feed the internet sharks

If Congress and President Trump won’t do their jobs, Virginia must.

SB 624 and SB 625 will update Virginia law … Read more

Automatic Driver’s License Suspension for Failure to Pay Court Costs is Not Equal Justice

Automatic Driver’s License Suspension for Failure to Pay Court Costs is Not Equal Justice

600,000 Virginians have lost their drivers licenses simply because they are too poor to pay their court fines and costs.  … Read more

Help for Virginians victimized by student loan servicers

Help for Virginians victimized by student loan servicers

Imagine paying $700 a month for 14 years on a student loan, only to watch its balance continue to rise.  … Read more

VPLC's 2018 General Assembly Session Legislative Priorities.

VPLC’s 2018 General Assembly Session Legislative Priorities.

The 2018 General Assembly Session began Wednesday, January 10th, at 12 pm.

You may recall VPLC reorganized last year into … Read more

Access to health coverage matters!

Access to health coverage matters!

When people have access to health coverage and can take care of their medical needs, they are more likely to … Read more

Don’t get rid of mobile home parks—make them better!

Don’t get rid of mobile home parks—make them better!

Three hundred people in Manassas almost became homeless because of a faulty sewer system earlier this year.  Almost all of … Read more

Your Mother’s Nursing Home Not Treating Her Right?  Who Do You Call?

Your Mother’s Nursing Home Not Treating Her Right? Who Do You Call?

Apparently, the federal government is going to do even less than they already do when it comes to making sure … Read more

Anti-Lunch Shaming Bill

Anti-Lunch Shaming Bill

Across the state, around 11am, millions of students flood cafeterias ready to eat. Many have packed lunches from home. Others … Read more

Len Bennett is the Consumer Attorney of the Year

Len Bennett is the Consumer Attorney of the Year

Leonard Bennett received the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award in November.  NACA … Read more

Support William's Christmas Wish

Support William’s Christmas Wish

You’re most likely deep in holiday preparations. It’s a wonderful time of year to enjoy friends and family and pass … Read more

Virginians Should Insist On Fairness In Rent To Own Real Estate Transactions

Virginians Should Insist On Fairness In Rent To Own Real Estate Transactions

In recent years, some real estate entrepreneurs have begun marketing homes under so-called “rent-to-own” deals.  While the notion of renting-to-own … Read more

Worried about identity theft?  Proposed new law in Virginia may help.

Worried about identity theft? Proposed new law in Virginia may help.

     You may recall the massive Equifax data breach that compromised the personal information of 145 million Americans in … Read more

Student Loan Debt Is Also Contributing To Virginia's Teacher Shortage

Student Loan Debt Is Also Contributing To Virginia’s Teacher Shortage

Governor McAuliffe recently took emergency action because Virginia’s teacher shortage “is a growing crisis that we have to stop and … Read more

A message from Virginia to internet lenders that prey on our residents:

A message from Virginia to internet lenders that prey on our residents:

 

 

The Virginia Poverty Law Center has teamed up with the law firms of Kelly and Crandall and Consumer … Read more

First RAM Clinic to Southside VA Sponsored by Healthcare Navigator

First RAM Clinic to Southside VA Sponsored by Healthcare Navigator

VPLC Healthcare Navigator team joins effort to bring healthcare clinic to Southside Virginia

Elise Brown, a healthcare navigator in Emporia, … Read more

Announcing VPLC's New Senior Legal Helpline!

Announcing VPLC’s New Senior Legal Helpline!

The Virginia Poverty Law Center is pleased to announce our new Statewide Senior Legal Helpline.  The helpline is made possible … Read more

Virginia Legal Aid Programs Kick Off Expanded Services to Victims of Crime

Virginia Legal Aid Programs Kick Off Expanded Services to Victims of Crime

On June 13th, new and experienced legal aid staff members funded by grants from the federal Victims of Crime Act … Read more

HAV Statement on passage of the American Health Care Act by the U.S. House of Representatives

HAV Statement on passage of the American Health Care Act by the U.S. House of Representatives

The American Health Care Act adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives would have a devastating impact on Virginians if … Read more

New VPLC Study Released: The Myth of Virginia's Rate Utopia

New VPLC Study Released: The Myth of Virginia’s Rate Utopia

 Report Release

Today VPLC’s Affordable Clean Energy Project released its first report “The Myth of Virginia’s Rate Utopia: A Comparison … Read more

Combining Efforts Can Be a Win for Tenants Across the Country

Combining Efforts Can Be a Win for Tenants Across the Country

Inaccuracies in records and discriminatory renting practices that haunt tenants for years might be meeting their match from a joint… Read more
Latest News & Blog
Why is Congress baiting Virginia for internet loan sharks?

Why is Congress baiting Virginia for internet loan sharks?

 

Thanks to the House of Delegate voting down HB 1248, Virginia will not be baiting for loansharks. Unfortunately, there … Read more

Working to Improve Laws for Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims

Working to Improve Laws for Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims

Every year at the Virginia General Assembly, VPLC supports, opposes and/or works to amend legislative initiatives that affect domestic and … Read more

Immigration Advocate/Paralegal Job Opening

Immigration Advocate/Paralegal Job Opening

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Vote NO on HB 1248--Don't Feed the Internet Loansharks

Vote NO on HB 1248–Don’t Feed the Internet Loansharks

The Online Lending Alliance–a group of internet loansharks is circling Virginia and telling your Delegate to vote for HB 1248.  … Read more

Supporting Kinship Guardian Assistance Program (KinGAP)

Supporting Kinship Guardian Assistance Program (KinGAP)

Keeping families together by helping relative foster families become legal guardians

When a child is placed in foster care by … Read more

Inclusionary Zoning: An Important Avenue to More Affordable Housing

In 2017, Virginia had enough affordable housing units for only 54 of every 100 low-income families,  according to the National … Read more

Tell your lawmaker: Don’t feed the internet sharks

Tell your lawmaker: Don’t feed the internet sharks

If Congress and President Trump won’t do their jobs, Virginia must.

SB 624 and SB 625 will update Virginia law … Read more

Automatic Driver’s License Suspension for Failure to Pay Court Costs is Not Equal Justice

Automatic Driver’s License Suspension for Failure to Pay Court Costs is Not Equal Justice

600,000 Virginians have lost their drivers licenses simply because they are too poor to pay their court fines and costs.  … Read more

Help for Virginians victimized by student loan servicers

Help for Virginians victimized by student loan servicers

Imagine paying $700 a month for 14 years on a student loan, only to watch its balance continue to rise.  … Read more

VPLC's 2018 General Assembly Session Legislative Priorities.

VPLC’s 2018 General Assembly Session Legislative Priorities.

The 2018 General Assembly Session began Wednesday, January 10th, at 12 pm.

You may recall VPLC reorganized last year into … Read more

Access to health coverage matters!

Access to health coverage matters!

When people have access to health coverage and can take care of their medical needs, they are more likely to … Read more

Don’t get rid of mobile home parks—make them better!

Don’t get rid of mobile home parks—make them better!

Three hundred people in Manassas almost became homeless because of a faulty sewer system earlier this year.  Almost all of … Read more

ALL payday lenders should follow the law

ALL payday lenders should follow the law

 

“When Pauline H, then 95 years old, moved back to Virginia so her grandson could help care for her… … Read more

Your Mother’s Nursing Home Not Treating Her Right?  Who Do You Call?

Your Mother’s Nursing Home Not Treating Her Right? Who Do You Call?

Apparently, the federal government is going to do even less than they already do when it comes to making sure … Read more

Anti-Lunch Shaming Bill

Anti-Lunch Shaming Bill

Across the state, around 11am, millions of students flood cafeterias ready to eat. Many have packed lunches from home. Others … Read more