COVID-19: Housing

Local government related postponements, cancellations and community services related the COVID-19 pandemic will be posted or linked on this page for the foreseeable future. Please check back often for updated information.To submit updates or new information please email us.


Legal Assistance

Update August 6, 2021:

The Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) issued a new order on August 3rd to temporarily halt evictions in communities experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and provide protection through October 3rd. Based on the CDC COVID tracker, the City of Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell are experiencing high levels of community transmission and are covered in the new moratorium.

It is important to remember that the CDC moratorium is not automatic. Renters must take very specific steps to use this government order to prevent an eviction. This includes filling out a form called an Eviction Protection Declaration - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/EvictionProtectDeclare_508.pdf - and giving it to the landlord.

Virginia is administering relief for renters experiencing a negative financial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP). Through this state program, renters can apply (or the landlord may apply on the renter’s behalf) to receive funds to pay delinquent rent arrear payments back to April 1, 2020, and up to three months of payments into the future to maintain housing stability. Virginia Legal Aid Society has staff dedicated to help folks apply for the RRP through the hotline 1-866-995-5595.

For more information:

Virginia Legal Aid


Services for Homelessness

The Central Virginia Continuum of Care continues to work to ensure homelessness in our community is rare, brief, and nonrecurring. During this time of crisis, the hotline for persons at-risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness, Coordinated Homeless Intake and Access (CHIA), will continue to operate 24/7 and provide diversion, referral, safety screening and shelter assignment. Please call CHIA at (434) 427-CHIA if you are imminently facing homelessness or are currently homeless.Visit their website for more information.

Additional resources regarding COVID-19.


Human Services

Social Services Customers: If you only are coming to the office to bring in paperwork, you are encouraged to email your verification to your social worker or use the drop box by the curb to leave paperwork. The box will be emptied several times each day and you will be be contacted by your worker if there are any questions or requests for additional paperwork. Social Services main contacts

March 31, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE
In response to Governor Northam’s recent Stay at Home Order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Lynchburg’s Human Services Building, located at 99 Ninth Street, will close to the public effective Thursday, April 2 until further notice.

  • Benefits and services will continue to be provided as needed.
  • Residents may continue to apply for benefits online at www.commonhelp.virginia.gov.
  • For information regarding SNAP, TANF and Medicaid, call toll free (855) 636-4379.
  • Those who need to speak with someone at the Human Services Department can call the main number, (434) 455-5850.

During these stressful times, there may be an increase in incidents of suspected child or adult abuse. Anyone who has concerns or is a victim of such abuse should contact the appropriate local office: Child Protective Services (434) 455-5726; Adult Protective Services (434) 455-5840. Anyone who is in immediate danger should call 911.
 
Thank you for your cooperation.


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