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Economic Justice
Payday lending by any other name still stinks

Payday lending by any other name still stinks

“A rose by another name would smell as sweet.” (Romeo and Juliet). Or in the case of predatory lending:  Payday … Read more

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

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

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

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

Banks need to respect their customers’ right to control their own account

Gilliam v. BB&T… Read more

We are filing this lawsuit with the law firm of Kelly and Crandall to force BB&T and
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

Why is Congress trying to gut laws passed to deal with Wall Street abuses?

Why is Congress trying to gut laws passed to deal with Wall Street abuses?

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the so-called CHOICE Act, which would essentially undo all the … 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
Location is Everything - Rental Housing Discrimination as a barrier to Economic Mobility

Location is Everything – Rental Housing Discrimination as a barrier to Economic Mobility

An important focus of VPLC’s housing work is on education, litigation and policy advocacy to reduce historical patterns of residential … Read more

Kristi Kelly and Len Bennett Donate Their Time and Fees to Support Legal Aid in Virginia

Kristi Kelly and Len Bennett Donate Their Time and Fees to Support Legal Aid in Virginia

Virginia legal aid programs are lucky to have private lawyers who donate their time, talent, and resources to help us … Read more

You're Invited!

You’re Invited!

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