RRP Application Prioritization
Equitable distribution of rental assistance throughout Virginia is a guiding principle of the Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP). Prioritization is given to households who are currently facing eviction, whose income is at or below 50% Average Median Income (AMI), and/or include an adult who has been unemployed more than 90 days. Out of the households that have received payments since the inception of the program (as of July 1, 2021), more than 79% of all households are at or below 30% of area median income.
In addition, DHCD seeks to promote RRP within historically economically disadvantaged communities. As of July 1, 2021, RRP data shows that of those who identified their race, Black households account for almost 52% of those served, and white households account for 23% of those served. Over 67% of households served have included children under 8 years old. To support this effort, DHCD has initiated the RRP Outreach and Engagement grant to strategically assist households and landlords who have limited access to the Internet or are not able to complete the online RRP application due to accessibility and language barriers.
RRP Stakeholder Presentation
Virginia is ramping up efforts to distribute $524 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) funding through the Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP) to ensure housing stability across the commonwealth. With the national eviction moratorium extended through June 30, 2021, landlords can seek rent relief on behalf of their tenants who cannot pay their rent due to financial hardships as a result of COVID-19. Likewise, tenants can apply directly for rent relief through the state program through the RRP Support Center.
Chris Thompson, director of strategic housing for Virginia Housing, and Senta Gorrie, associate director of eviction prevention for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development spoke with stakeholders and partner groups during two webinars on April 14. Below are materials from those sessions:
RRP Marketing Toolkit
Please use any materials from this Marketing Toolkit with your members/group to help raise awareness that rent relief is available for those affected by the pandemic. You can print or email the flyers and infographic and send to your members or constituents. You may also download social media assets and post to your social media accounts to help spread the word. You will see a small ‘download’ icon in the upper right-hand corner of the materials, as well as an alert that pops up. Click OK and it will navigate to that page on the website.
RRP Marketing Toolkit
RRP Landlord Flyer | RRP Tenant Flyer (English)
RRP Landlord Flyer | RRP Tenant Flyer (Spanish)
RRP Landlord Flyer | RRP Tenant Flyer (Chinese)
RRP Landlord Flyer | RRP Tenant Flyer (Arabic)
RRP Landlord Flyer | RRP Tenant Flyer (Korean)
RRP Landlord Flyer | RRP Tenant Flyer (Vietnamese)
RRP Landlord Flyer | RRP Tenant Flyer (Tagalog)
RRP Tenant Social Media Graphics (English)
RRP Landlord Social Media Graphics (English)
RRP Tenant Social Media Graphics (Spanish)
RRP Landlord Social Media Graphics (Spanish)