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

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.

News Story (Virginia)

Ned Oliver
Richmond Times-Dispatch
May 22, 2018

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC)


Martin Wegbreit, with the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, responded that such a figure wouldn’t count people who simply move without requiring the sheriff to respond.

“It’s true that not every judgment results in an actual displacement, but the actual possession data probably under counts rather than over counts because of all the people who move,” he said.

Kathryn Howell, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Wilder School who studies affordable housing, said those are exactly the kinds of questions they want to answer as they continue their research.