October 9, 2020

NOVA partnership develops Eviction and Housing Stability Toolkit

A recent partnership in Northern Virginia is helping to provide greater education and access to resources to support tenant housing stability under threat due to the pandemic. The Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance (NVAHA) and its partner the Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) have collaborated to create Northern Virginia Eviction Prevention & Housing Stability Toolkit.

The toolkit helps decision-makers and community leaders working to reduce the incidence of evictions due to Covid-related job loss and the pandemic health crisis. It approaches multiple sides of the housing sector, including information for tenants, landlords, and local governments.

Participants representing local government agencies, property owners, human service providers and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development worked together with the organizations to develop the one-stop compendium of information and resources.

According to NVAHA, their “goals are to shed light on what is being done to stabilize communities in Northern Virginia, and where gaps in eviction prevention efforts remain.”

The Toolkit is organized to provide topical information as stand-alone pieces, such as Navigating the Eviction Process During Covid-19 (also available in Spanish) or Best Practices for Local Jurisdictions.

A digital version of the toolkit is available as part of a larger collection of Covid-related resources on the NVAHA website. Additional Covid-related legal resources – in English and Spanish - are available on the LSNV website. The partners will continue to convene the coalition to support this regional collaborative, updating the toolkit data as strategies are refined.

Enterprise Mid-Atlantic is a longtime member of NVAHA, working together on issues of housing affordability, racial equity, and connecting the dots between housing, health, transportation, and economic sustainability. All audiences are encouraged to share this resource with community volunteers, human service providers, property owners and policymakers who may be interested.

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