Governor announces $524-million in federal COVID funds for eviction relief

ARLINGTON (WINA) – Governor Northam has announced $524-million from federal COVID relief funding to keep renters in their homes during the ongoing pandemic. Speaking at Gilliam Place Apartments in Arlington, the Governor gave perspective on the amount of this money saying since the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program started last June, the state has distributed $83.7-million in 24,294 rent and mortgage payments. This money, he said, will go toward renters and landlords with help with mortgages still to come.

Virginia is immediately putting $160 million into the RRP to increase housing stability across the Commonwealth and will make additional funding available based upon need. The program will be administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Governor Northam points out  Virginia was one of the first states in the nation to create a statewide rent and mortgage relief program with federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds.  Families with children represent the majority of households assisted by the program. Governor Northam and the General Assembly allocated Virginia Housing Trust Funds to continue supporting the program prior to this new federal allocation.