Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) is committed to leading and coordinating efforts to seek justice in civil legal matters for lower income Virginians.
Housing Law
Tired of Candidates Not Tackling Real Issues like Housing? Welcome to CHACE

Tired of Candidates Not Tackling Real Issues like Housing? Welcome to CHACE

Tired of candidates discussing issues that are not really important to our day-to-day lives?

What could be more important than … Read more

Successfully Working Against Housing Discrimination

Successfully Working Against Housing Discrimination

Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) and Central Virginia Legal Aid (CVLAS) Successfully Working Against Housing Discrimination

The federal Fair Housing … 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

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

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

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

Christie Marra Winner of 2014 Virginia State Bar Legal Aid Award

Christie Marra Winner of 2014 Virginia State Bar Legal Aid Award

Christie Marra, VPLC’s Family and Housing Law attorney, is the winner of the 2014 Virginia State Bar Legal Aid Award. … Read more

Renters vs. Landlords: New Law Offers New Recourse

By Alison Burns, Public News Service- VA

Renters in Virginia have new recourse against landlords who illegally evict them.

A … Read more

New Domestic Violence Bill Awaits Gov’s Signature

By Monique Coppola, Public News Service- VA

Imagine you are a victim of domestic violence or abuse, and you have … Read more

Senate Poison Pill Could Allow more Mortgage Crises

By James W. Speer and Deborah Goldberg, Richmond Times-Dispatch Op-Ed

What happens when banks make mortgage loans that borrowers cannot … Read more

12 Investigates: Homeowners Missing Out on Mortgage Settlement Money

By Rachel DePompa, NBC 12

Millions of dollars meant to help distressed homeowners, may never reach the intended target.

The … Read more

Child Welfare and Housing Access Summit on June 12

Please join the Virginia Poverty Law Center, Voices for Virginia’s Children and FACES of Virginia Families for a day of … Read more

Bank of America Starts Mortgage Reduction Effort

By Natasha Singer, The New York Times

Bank of America has started sending letters to thousands of homeowners in the United … Read more

Mortgage Settlement Relief Will Take Months

Mortgage Settlement Relief Will Take Months

Predatory scammers are hard at work, falsely claiming to have an inside track to getting help from the National Mortgage … Read more