Eviction Diversion Program: NEW in the City of Richmond
To address a critical piece of the Eviction Crisis in Richmond, we have launched a NEW pro bono program for volunteers to serve as Third Party Neutrals in eligible unlawful detainer (eviction) cases filed in the City of Richmond General District Court. Volunteers will facilitate a payment plan for eligible tenants and willing landlords to keep people in their homes, to connect tenants to financial assistance and financial literacy education, as well as to avoid an Unlawful Detainer judgment. Landlords get back rent paid, tenants stay in their residences and learn how to stay afloat in the future. Win-Win. Since October 1, 2019, GRBF staff and volunteers have assisted hundreds of tenants in the halls of General District Court, secured over 50 payment plans, and worked with HOME to keep even more in their homes. Stay tuned for more updates!
To find out more about the NEED for this service in the City of Richmond and this first of its kind (in Virginia) EDP program, please watch this short video.
To find out more about this program, the why & how to volunteer, please contact Ali Fannon, at firstname.lastname@example.org for training materials, videos, and forms.
Thanks for your interest in helping our community!
New coverage of EDP pilot: https://richmondmagazine.com/news/sunday-story/a-place-to-call-your-own/ (February 2020)