FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2023
Office of the Governor
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Contact: Alexis Carey
Governor Glenn Youngkin Announces More Than $2.9 Million in Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot Program Grants
Investment will support eviction prevention and diversion services
RICHMOND, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced more than $2.9 million for the Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot (VERP) for seven projects throughout the Commonwealth to support eviction prevention services for 48 communities.
“Safe, stable housing is an essential component for strong families,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “This pilot program tests to find the most effective wrap-around support services and assistance for Virginians that face housing uncertainty.”
VERP is piloting approaches to reduce evictions that occur brief and humane. The system’s approach includes creating a collective impact model where organizations that serve as a safety net within the community collaborate to ensure households have early access to resources that stabilize their housing situations.
“All Virginians have a right to stable and affordable housing,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “This funding, in tandem with the Governor’s ‘Make Virginia Home’ plan, will help align our vision for a more prosperous future for Virginia.”
Martinsville Henry County VERP 3.0
United Way of Henry County and Martinsville | Henry County and the city of Martinsville
The United Way of Henry County and Martinsville (UWHCM) will provide eviction prevention and diversion services to Henry County and the city of Martinsville through rental assistance, utility assistance, support services to complete workforce training or maintain employment and financial education courses. Applicants will receive detailed intake and case management to gain a more complete understanding of the factors contributing to a household’s housing stability.
UWHCM will use its strong network of community stakeholders to strengthen collaboration and improve the overall housing stability of the individual. They will also work closely with landlords to identify individuals who could benefit from the program before they fall too far behind.
A FULL LIST OF THE 2023 VIRGINIA EVICTION REDUCTION PILOT PROGRAM AWARDED PROJECTS CAN BE FOUND HERE.