More Rent Assistance on the Way in Virginia, Northam Says

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced this week that struggling renters will receive at least another $160 million in relief as part of $524 million the state received under the most recent COVID-19 assistance package from Congress.

Northam added during a press conference Tuesday in Arlington, that the state of Virginia will also release additional dollars into the statewide Rent Relief Program on an as-needed basis.

“I urge eligible households to act quickly and work with their landlords to seek rental assistance through this program,” said Northam in alluding to funds that will be overseen by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

Meanwhile, as a new Virginia law requires landlords to help tenants obtain rental assistance before they can proceed with an eviction, the commonwealth established a statewide rent and mortgage relief program in June 2020 using funds from the federal CARES Act passed in March, DCist reported.

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