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Northam’s Rent Relief Program Could Help—and Fail—Virginians

Advocacy groups warn that because it's up to judges to determine whether to delay eviction cases, the program may not solve Virginia’s eviction issue.

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Virginia’s Eviction Freeze Ends Sunday, With No Details on Rent Relief Program Yet

Earlier this month Gov. Ralph Northam extended Virginia’s moratorium on evictions until this Sunday, June 28, saying that “access to safe and stable housing is critically important.” But as the day approaches, the thousands of Virginians facing housing insecurity during the pandemic are still waiting on details of a rent relief program the governor announced....

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What Virginia's New LGBTQ Protections Really Do

The legislation passed by the General Assembly goes beyond anti-discrimination laws, banning conversion “therapy” and officially striking the defunct state ban on gay marriage. After years of delay, the past few months have seen a whirlwind of new LGBTQ protections pass Virginia’s General Assembly. Just last week, both the House and Senate approved historic legislation...

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In Richmond, Airbnb​ hosts made $3.8M this summer even though its illegal to operate short-term rentals there

Want to visit Richmond? You can find about 1,200 places to stay on Airbnb, but none of them are — technically — legal. City code prohibits rentals in residential properties for fewer than 30 days, but that hasn’t stopped Richmonders from offering up their homes and apartments on the online booking platform to short-term renters....

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Amazon's HQ2 threatens to displace up to 10,000 Latinx residents

The impending arrival of Amazon’s HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia has caused local housing prices to increase by 17%, spurring fears of displacement and an affordable housing crisis. Now, a new report suggests that Latinx residents in Arlandria, a predominantly lower-income, Latinx community just 2 miles from HQ2, are at risk of being priced out of...

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Amazon donates $3 million to support affordable housing in Arlington

Amazon will donate $3 million to the Arlington Community Foundation, a non-profit that supports affordable housing and fights homelessness, the company announced on Tuesday. The donation comes as housing prices are surging in Arlington and advocates and lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va), have called on Amazon to do more to help solve...

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ACLU sues Chesterfield Co. apartment owners over discriminatory policies

The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against the owners of the Sterling Glen Apartments in Chesterfield County, alleging that the apartment complex’s application policies discriminate against African Americans. According to WCVE News, Sterling Glen’s rental application states that a criminal background check will be conducted for every applicant and that applicants will be rejected...