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HOME to launch the eviction diversion program

The first Richmond program to help the community escape eviction is now on the verge of finding a foundation.

The City Council will support legislation to send $485,140 to Housing Opportunities Made Equal, the Fair housing watchdog, for running the groundbreaking project at its upcoming meeting on Monday, 9 September.

The initiative is expected to take place before October. Heather Crislip, chairman and CEO of HOME announced on Wednesday that updates on the system would be sent to families affected with an eviction notice.

HOME will pay about 50% of unpaid rent in order to support a deserving family in accordance with the language of the grant to help the family to set up balanced payment plans if the property owner agrees.

Families that participate would also receive financial advice and be connected according to legislation to other governments and non-profit services.

Anyone helped should have just 2 late payments in the intervening six months or just 3 late payments within the previous 12 months, according to the ordinance.

M. Stoney, the mayor believes that the initiative will be able to make a small difference from the influx in Richmond of individuals and families expelled.

One study shows that Richmond is one of the nation's leading cities for forced apartment removals, especially in the event of a rental non-payment.

The courts were undoubtedly concerned with evictions. During the 30-day duration of the summer, Central Virginia legal aid checked the evictions. During this period, 1,665 property owners ' lawsuits were filed, with 95% of the unpaid rental cases ranging between $15.78 and $18,230. In addition, Court costs, lawyer's fees, late fees, which together totalled $370 were added to the judgments awarded to landlords.

Ms. Crislip told HOME that in the introductory year it was expected to support 300 families and then 500 families. HOME has also begun crowdfunding to raise the program's funding.

The program's main objective is for the establishment of a payment system for the unpaid rent, assisting staff who have arrears on the rent due to illness, injuries or other inadvertent disturbances.

In exchange for creating a deferred rent payment schedule, the property owner should agree with this arrangement and pursue the eviction through a court case.

Eligible persons must make available 25% of the back rent on arrival and pay out the rest in 3 equal instalment payment plans in the course of 90 days, according to the plan. Participants should also pay the current month’s rent.

The litigation chief of Central Virginia Legal Aid, Martin D. Wegbreit, said that his group would be collaborating with HOME along with clients to draft agreements.

A lawyer at CVLA is working at the court to help families who are removed from their homes by regulation, a pilot program which is also one of its kind.

Ms. Crislip recognizes that while the program supports only a tiny portion of over 9,000 facing eviction, it helps some to avoid instability as a result of this eviction.

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