April 27, 2020. Richmond Times-Dispatch.
In the middle of a pandemic many fear will cost families their homes, advocates on Monday pressed the Richmond City Council to steer more dollars to affordable housing for residents.
In normal times, Richmond landlords evicted tenants at the second-highest rate of any like-sized city in the country, Princeton University researchers found. Advocates expect that trend to worsen with jobless claims mounting and the COVID-19 crisis increasing the economic strain on families that were already just getting by.
“COVID-19 has turned Richmond’s eviction and affordable housing crisis into a public health calamity,” said Marty Wegbreit, an attorney with the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society.
“Human lives and dignity are at stake,” said Aubrey Jones, a board member of Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities, or RISC.
May 2, 2019. NBC12
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – There was a massive response Thursday night to Richmond’s ranking of being one of the worst cities in the nation for kicking people out of their homes.
of people gathered on the Northside pledging to hold city leaders
accountable in their goal of reducing the city’s staggering eviction
rates. After reports of Richmond being second in the nation for
evictions surfaced, Mayor Levar Stoney vowed to take action.
Many are applauding that move, but they say it can’t stop there.
April 12, 2019. Richmondmag.
Sitting inside an empty classroom near the front office, members of the faith-based coalition Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities (RISC) are listening to the Woodville Elementary School morning announcements with Richmond Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Tracy Epp.
“I am somebody. I am proud of myself, and I will act in a way to make
others proud of me, too,” Principal Shannon Washington says over the
intercom. Within minutes, the second-year principal darts in to greet
about a dozen RISC Education Team members who are visiting on this
December morning to observe a pilot program called Reading Mastery that
debuted at six elementary and two middle schools this past fall. The
group pushed for a “proven reading curriculum” for academically
struggling schools such as Woodville, where only about a third of
students were reading on grade level last year.
June 13, 2018. Chesterfield Observer.
Chesterfield school officials have committed publicly to expanding trauma-informed care training for staff as part of a “cultural shift” they think will reduce office referrals and out-of-school suspensions and keep children in the classroom.
Now they have to figure out how to pay for it.