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.
Christie Marra is not a Crusader

Christie Marra is not a Crusader

By Caroline Kettlewell, University of Richmond School of Law Alumni Magazine

Before her first client, before her Richmond Law degree, … Read more

Save the Date-Food Stamp Challenge 2014

Save the Date-Food Stamp Challenge 2014


Could you eat for $32 a week?

Join the Virginia Poverty Law Center and take the Food … Read more

Save the Date! Annual Statewide Legal Aid Conference October 22-24

Save the Date! Annual Statewide Legal Aid Conference October 22-24

Our Annual Statewide Legal Aid Conference will be in Portsmouth from October 22-24!  Register now and please visit our Training … Read more

Summer Meals Reaching One in Six Low-Income Children in Virginia

Summer Meals Reaching One in Six Low-Income Children in Virginia

A new report finds that participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs decreased in Virginia last year, with 66,402 low-income children … Read more

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The 50th Anniversary of SNAP & A Challenge for All of You

In his 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America,” … Read more

Thousands of Virginia Residents May Lose Insurance

By Prue Salasky, Daily Press

Virginia is fourth behind Florida, Texas and Georgia in the number of enrollees who have … Read more

What You Need to Know About Virginia’s Online No Fault Divorce Tool

Divorce is often said to be one of the three most stressful experiences a person faces, right up there with … Read more

Survivors of Predatory Loans

To mark the end of Shark Week, we wanted to share a couple of quotes from people who called our … Read more

Don’t Become Shark Bait by Getting Line of Credit & Online Loans

Monday’s blog warned of the dangers of swimming with Virginia’s payday and car title lenders.  Today we want to warn … Read more

What Could Go Wrong if You Dip into Shark Infested Lending Waters

Continuing with our Shark Week theme, we wanted to dive a little deeper into what could actually go wrong if … Read more

Beware of Virginia’s “Shark” Infested Lending Waters

In honor of Shark Week, we want to ask:  Is it now safe to go in the lending waters in … Read more

Sleep Tight Knowing How to Respond to Bed Bugs in your Rental Housing

Bed bugs are a serious issue that we’ve seen come up in the news a lot lately.  Local legal aid … Read more

All Bad Loans Have One Thing in Common: The Cycle of Debt

Payday loans, car title loans, line of credit loans and Internet loans:  What do they have in common? The cycle of … Read more

New Law Helps Exploited Virginians Recover Lost Assets

Victims of financial exploitation now have a better shot at getting into court and getting their property back.  Financial exploitation … Read more

Virginia’s Early Lease Termination Law for Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims

Virginia’s early lease termination law went into effect July 1, 2013 and aims to help renters who are victims of … Read more

Rent-To-Own Stores Can No Longer Use Prosecutors as their Debt Collectors

Virginia has many rent-to-own stores where you can “buy without credit” things like computers, appliances, furniture and electronics.   The idea … Read more