HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

By Kim BoboOn Labor Day weekend as we honor America’s workers, we recognize Virginia’s complicated history with worker’s rights. Our legacy of slavery — the ultimate exploitation of workers — left us with many discriminatory and racist laws and few protections for workers.  But the last few years have...
The Supreme Court of Virginia said Friday it won't extend its order barring residential evictions, which expires Monday.But in response to a request sent by Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday, the court wrote that all local judges have been alerted to a federal moratorium issued by the Centers for...
The Virginia Employment Commission said Thursday it expects to begin distributing $300-a-week in additional unemployment benefits in "about two and a half weeks," which would fall on the week of Sept. 20.Joyce Fogg, a spokeswoman for the commission, said in an email that text messages will go out to...
Gov. Ralph Northam is once again asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to extend a temporary moratorium on evictions set to expire Monday, citing a later-than-expected end to the special legislative session and uncertainty about how the Trump administration's recently announced federal moratorium will be interpreted."While my administration works...
Update: The House version of this legislation was pulled from the agenda Thursday, which appears to end the debate on this topic for the special session. Legislators could revisit the issue when they return in January.It’s a short bill filled with lawyerly jargon. But it’s one that could have...
By Susie Turkson and Dr. Alan Dow Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Richmond was already afflicted by other public health crises, including an eviction epidemic. Our city ranks second in the nation in the rate of evictions. Within the Commonwealth of Virginia, four additional cities rank within the...
There will be 20 more lawyers in Virginia helping low-income people fight eviction lawsuits over the next two years, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday.The new hires will be funded by a $2 million donation by Swedish-furniture giant IKEA and a $2 million match in state relief funds.“Our commonwealth faced...
Lawmakers in the Virginia Senate appear to be nearing a compromise on a proposed eviction moratorium that advocates hope will head off a wave of homelessness amid widespread job losses and expiring unemployment benefits.Initial proposals would have barred nearly all evictions through April 30, 2021, and mandated landlords participate...
Watching the Dow and the New York Stock Exchange take their deepest single-day dives ever back in March and April was terrifying. It continued day after day it seemed, and doing the math only freaked me out more when I saw what that came to in value lost to...
After a week of deliberation, Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration said Wednesday that Virginia is in the process of applying for federal funds made available by President Donald Trump to supplement state unemployment benefits by $300 a week.But officials cautioned many questions remain about the program, including ongoing uncertainty about...