Living Rent to Rent – Learn More About Staving off Eviction

High housing costs are not a new phenomenon to this area, or to other parts of the country.   According to the standard accepted by HUD, the golden number is 30: An affordable home is one that doesn’t require you to spend more than 30 percent of your income on it.  That’s hard to achieve for a lot of people.  Piedmont Housing Alliance helps people not only with buying a new home but also when families could be facing a loss of their home as a result of a default or possible foreclosure. Piedmont Housing can help fight against eviction and possible homelessness.  We work with families who seek mortgage modifications, and we often continue to work with them to help them learn the money management skills that will keep them from returning to the brink of homelessness. Piedmont Housing Alliance also seeks to add high quality, affordable housing options in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District area.

A special series on eviction on NPR, talks about Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond’s book, Eviction, and how the majority of those affected by the eviction epidemic are women with children.

Listen or read more on this special series here.

To learn more about your fair housing rights or how to avoid eviction, contact us at 434-817-2436 or read more on basic eviction rights here.  Other resources in our community are the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society  and the Legal Aid Justice Center.  The Center provides free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low income people who live in, or have legal problems arising in, the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights and Charlottesville; and the counties of Albemarle, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, Nelson, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George and Surry.  Legal Aid provides legal representation for low-income individuals in Virginia.Legal Aid