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$6M in CARES Act funding will fund eviction diversion, rental assistance

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Posted at 6:54 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 18:57:54-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Stoney administration today announced that $6 million of the $20.1 million in CARES Act funding provided to the city will fund the Eviction Diversion Program and rental assistance.

The sum represents 30 percent of the state’s total allocation to the City of Richmond.

The funding will support both households currently facing evictions pending in the courts as well as those at risk of eviction due to economic challenges arising from COVID-19.

“From both a human services and a public health perspective, it is paramount that Richmond residents do not face housing insecurity during this pandemic,” said Mayor Stoney. “In the long-term recovery from this crisis, we want to make sure the city’s doing everything it can to empower residents, especially during the most challenging moments of their lives.”

The eviction moratorium issued by Governor Northam expires on Monday, June 29.

1900 households in Richmond currently face a pending eviction, and those cases will move forward if the eviction moratorium is not extended.