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Governor Northam Announces Rent and Mortgage Relief Program


Governor Ralph Northam has launched the Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program, which will provide $50 million in federal CARES Act funding for households facing eviction of foreclosure due to COVID-19. The program will provide short-term financial assistance to households in the form of rent and mortgage payments.


The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will administer the $50 million program through a variety of partners, including nonprofit organizations and local governments, which will receive upfront funds that they will distribute on behalf of eligible households. Individuals and families receiving funding will also be connected to housing counseling and receive other technical assistance.


Eligible households must demonstrate an inability to make rent or mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Monthly rent or mortgage must be at or below 150 percent Fair Market Rent (FMR), and eligible households must have a gross household income at or below 80 percent of area median income (AMI).


To identify the local RMRP administering organization for a household and to conduct a self-assessment for eligibility, visit dhcd.virginia.gov/eligibility or call 211 VIRGINIA by dialing 2-1-1 from your phone.


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Related Resources:

  • Additional Virginia housing resources are available online at www.stayhomevirginia.com.

  • Any Fairfax County resident in need of Emergency Housing, Rent or Utility Assistance or help with Other Basic Needs may contact Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880, TTY 711, Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Specialists are available to help refer you to both county- and community-based resources for which you may be eligible.

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