Central Virginia Legal Aid Society

Organization website

Primary geographic focus: Virginia
Organization type(s): Provider
Lists: LSC


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In 83 Million Eviction Records, a Sweeping and Intimate New Look at Housing in America

Emily Badger, Quoctrung Bui
New York Times (NYT)
April 7, 2018
Mr. Desmond’s team found records for nearly 900,000 eviction judgments in 2016, meaning landlords were given the legal right to remove at least one in 50 renter households in the communities covered by this data.

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‘Richmond is a Pandora’s box’ of factors to explain high eviction rate

Melissa Hipolit
WTVR (Richmond, VA)
April 9, 2018
According to a recent article in the New York Times, Richmond has the second highest eviction rate of all large cities in the country.

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Richmond landlord reacts to city’s eviction rate

Gretchen Ross
WRIC (Richmond, VA)
April 9, 2018
Martin Wegbreit, of Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, believes an overhaul of state laws and clear court proceedings could help tenants.

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Study finds ‘stunning’ justice gap in Virginia civil cases

Frank Green
Richmond Times-Dispatch
May 3, 2018
The high volume of cases moves efficiently through courtrooms that often are largely empty - in large part because usually only the plaintiffs have a lawyer and often even the defendants do not appear and represent themselves.

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Study shows large justice gap in Virginia civil cases

Associated Press (AP)
May 4, 2018
A new study shows that just 1 percent of more than 500,000 civil cases handled in Virginia's general district courts each year have lawyers representing people on both sides.

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As Virginia policymakers begin studying high eviction rates, a sharp debate emerges over root causes

Graham Moomaw
Richmond Times-Dispatch
May 7, 2018
A state housing panel has started studying ways to bring down high eviction rates found in several Virginia cities in the hopes of finding legislative fixes that the General Assembly could take up next year.

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Housing and advocacy groups launch campaign to lower Virginia’s high eviction rate

Ned Oliver
Richmond Times-Dispatch
May 22, 2018
The effort, dubbed the Campaign to Reduce Evictions, begins a little over a month after Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, led by sociologist and author Matthew Desmond, found that half of the 10 large U.S. cities with the highest eviction rates are in Virginia.

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Affordable Housing Advocates Hold First Meeting To Reduce Evictions

Megan Pauly
Community Idea Stations
May 23, 2018
A big focus of the meeting was data, what’s currently available, and what still needs to be collected and analyzed. The group has obtained a decade’s worth of court files from Virginia’s Supreme Court.

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How does Richmond move forward after high eviction rate

Eric Perry
WWBT Richmond (local NBC, VA)
October 8, 2018
Months after a report ranking Richmond number two in the country for high eviction rates, many people are trying to figure out a solution.

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Eviction isn’t just about poverty. It’s also about race — and Virginia proves it.

Terrence McCoy
November 10, 2018
New research, however, is complicating that picture of eviction in America. It’s not only a matter of poverty. It’s also a matter of race.

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Virginia Looks To Volunteer Attorneys To Boost Access To Strained Legal Aid Programs

Whittney Evans
Community Idea Stations
April 17, 2019
The legal community in Virginia is using a new online tool to better connect volunteer lawyers with low income people who need their help.

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New Program Provides Tenants With Attorney In Eviction Court

Whittney Evans
Community Idea Stations
May 14, 2019
Richmond tenants who are in court for housing-related issues now have an attorney dedicated to helping them resolve their cases.

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Tenants facing eviction almost never have lawyers. Now, an attorney trawls a courthouse lobby handing out free advice

Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury
May 15, 2019
Tenants facing eviction in Virginia are almost never represented by lawyers. But that’s about to change as a flood of cash begins to flow to legal aid groups around the state.

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Attorneys Available By Phone, Day Of Court To Help Richmond Tenants Stop Evictions

Whittney Evans
Virginia Public Media (VPM)
August 21, 2019
When a tenant in Virginia is faced with an eviction, they almost always lose their case. But with an attorney on hand to offer legal advice or represent them, they’re more likely to successfully fight their eviction. Now there is a new program in Richmond to help tenants do just that.

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