Virginia Poverty Law Center

About Us

The Eviction Defense Center is a project of the Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC). Especially for tenants who do not get direct help from their local Legal Aid, we provide crucial information and simple, effective legal tools that tenants can use to understand the law and defend their rights in court.

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Who we are

Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to breaking down systemic barriers that keep low-income Virginians in the cycle of poverty through advocacy, education, and litigation. Since 1978, we’ve advocated for legislation that benefits low-income Virginians and provided training to legal aid organizations throughout the Commonwealth in the following areas: housing, consumer rights, domestic and sexual violence, elder rights, family and child welfare, health insurance, and public benefits. We are the only statewide organization that provides training to local legal aid program staff, private attorneys, and low-income clients relating exclusively to the legal rights of low-income Virginians.

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What we do

VPLC’s Housing Advocacy work focuses on the rights of renters, low-income homeowners, and addressing issues around housing access. We provide regular training and technical assistance for legal aid staff and pro bono attorneys, as well as community members and advocates in nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, and elsewhere. Through outreach and tools like the Eviction Defense Center, we help renters know what they can do to relate with landlords to the benefit of both parties, helping to address problems or to avoid potential problems before they get out of hand.

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Contact us

919 East Main Street, Suite 610
Richmond, VA 23219
P: (804) 782-9430
F: (804) 649-0974

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Your investment in our work helps us respond to the needs of our low-income neighbors throughout Virginia.
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