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Richmond public housing authority plans to resume evictions

July 5, 2021 GMT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials in Virginia’s capital city plan to resume evicting families from public housing units for the first time in nearly two years if they have failed to pay their rent.

The Times-Dispatch reports that over 800 households in units overseen by the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority had entered repayment plans for delinquent balances totaling about $1 million as of mid-June. Nearly 700 of them had fallen behind on those agreements, according to a housing official.

The authority, which oversees roughly 3,700 units, had agreed to halt evictions in 2019 under pressure from tenants’ advocates. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a government moratorium protected tenants from getting evicted.

Households that are more than two months behind on their rent could face eviction in August, but the housing authority says it will not pursue cases against tenants who are in the pipeline for rent relief.