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.
2015 Annual Statewide Legal Aid Conference October 21-23

2015 Annual Statewide Legal Aid Conference October 21-23

Come Join us in Williamsburg, VA for the 2015 Annual Statewide Legal Aid Conference. Get the details on registration, conference offerings, and… Read more
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

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Welcome to Shark Week 2015

Loansharks inflict economic violence on borrowers.


“We may think of violence as physical harm. But violence is defined as … Read more

Car Title Loans in Virginia = Disaster

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) just released the 2014 statistics on car title loans in Virginia and there is good … Read more

The Stress of Student Debt

Do you think there is a student loan debt crisis in the U.S.?  No?  What if we told you that … Read more

86 and Counting…

Last year, Virginia schools gained access to a powerful new tool in the fight against child hunger: the Community Eligibility … Read more

Your Health: Overweight but Underfed can be Troubling Paradox

By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch

At a conference focused on childhood obesity, LaTonya Reed’s presentation focused on the paradox of … Read more

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Why should you care about sexual assault?  Because, unfortunately, sexual violence touches so many of us, not “just” women. According … Read more

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