An award of $560,000 to Norfolk from the Virginia Eviction Reduction pilot program has been expanded to provide rental assistance and other support for renters with or without dependent children who are in danger of eviction.
Those in need of support must meet some eligibility requirements including provide proof of Norfolk residency, documentation for any dependent children, current lease, etc. The program was expanded in October 2021 and in addition to rental arrearages, can now assist with advance rent payment, utility-payments and limited assistance with childcare costs.
Norfolk is one of four grantees to participate in the program designed to lower eviction rates and address the underlying causes of evictions.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting economic fallout has exacerbated housing instability and inequality in the Commonwealth and across the country, with disproportionate impacts on communities of color and low-income communities.
In Norfolk, the grant funding will allow expansion of strategies identified in its Eviction Action Plan, developed as part of its participation in an eviction cohort sponsored by the National League of Cities in March 2020. Because of the detrimental impact eviction places on children, this support gives priority to low-income families with dependent children; however, all Norfolk households are welcome to apply. Norfolk will work in partnership with local community organizations to provide rental assistance and other necessary services to households.
- Eviction Prevention Resources List
- Free Mediation Available
- Norfolk’s VIEW program offers employment services including rental and mortgage assistance, security deposit and utility bills. Learn more at https://www.norfolk.gov/4260/Welcome-to-VIEW or call 757-664-6116
- There is Utility bill relief available at www.norfolk.gov/utilityrelief. Customers can also call (757) 664-6700 for payment extensions and to set up a payment plan.
- For a directory of resources for all of Hampton Roads click https://www.resources757.org/
- Rent Relief Program application overview in English and Spanish
- Rent Relief Program application tips in English and Spanish
- The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) has information and resources for homeowners and renters during the coronavirus national emergency. For more information, visit https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/mortgage-and-housing-assistance/.
- The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering the state’s Rent Relief Program (RRP). Renters and landlords are eligible to apply directly to DHCD. For additional details, FAQs and to apply, visit https://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/rmrp.
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