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Help for Renters is Here

In September, I wrote about some stimulus money that would be arriving soon. The money will, among other things, help renters who are being evicted because their landlords have been foreclosed. For two weeks after the story ran, I received calls from desperate renters who were being evicted immediately. Unfortunately, there weren’t any answers for them. But the money is here now.

The money aims to help two groups of people: those at immediate risk for homelessness and those who are now homeless but could have permanent housing with a little boost.

Three area agencies–Thurman Brisben Center, the Salvation Army and Rappahannock Legal Services–will receive the money and provide services. For details, contact the Salvation Army at 540/373-3431, ext. 21. The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program case manager is Lizette Arce. Call her for a prescreening and leave your name, phone number and a brief message.

You can also reach the Rappahannock Legal Services at: 540/374-9101 or  apply online.