Dozens of families saved from evictions due to city program

The Richmond Eviction Diversion Program was officially established in October and came about following The New York Times article stating “The River City” was the 2nd-worst city in the nation for evictions.

News Story (Virginia)

Karina Bolster
WWBT Richmond (local NBC, VA)
January 7, 2020

Tags: Eviction Diversion, Housing, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Central Virginia Legal Aid Society


“Tenants get the benefit of a clean slate, financial literacy education, referral resources, and landlords get the rent owed and avoid the expense of an eviction and locating a new tenant,” she said.

As of January, city leaders said the program is over one-third of the way towards its goal of providing 300 tenants with financial literacy and money management education.

“Every single time we divert an eviction we are helping to reduce poverty,” Wegbreit said. “That is a goal that everyone in the entire community can get behind.”