Lengthy waitlist for Lynchburg residents needing help after eviction moratorium expires

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is encouraging households that cannot make their rental payments to apply immediately for rental assistance and for landlords and tenants to work together on the application process.

In Lynchburg, the Redevelopment and Housing Authority (LRHA) says it currently has a waitlist with 150 families.

Executive Director Mary Mayrose says they’re very forgiving when it comes to making rent payments. However, other local landlords could be taking a different approach.

“Most landlords, I’d say 99 percent of landlords, particularly the landlords in Lynchburg, do not want to terminate the lease of a family,” said Mayrose. “They want to keep families housed because it costs a lot of money to evict a family.”

According to Mayrose, in Lynchburg, more than 70 families are behind on rent.

LRHA has a voucher program that’s expected to open again in the spring of next year. For more information on rent relief programs in Lynchburg, you can visit the LRHA website.

You can also visit the Lynchburg Community Action Group site to learn more about what housing resources are available.

For rent relief options outside of the Lynchburg area, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development may be able to help.

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