Task Force Urges Residents, Landlords to Access Rent and Eviction Prevention Assistance

Page updated on Mar 13, 2021 at 12:24 PM

Task Force Urges Residents, Landlords to Access Rent and Eviction Prevention Assistance


Housing ImageMarch 12, 2021--Last month, Virginia received an additional $500 million in new federal housing assistance, and $160 million is being made available to renters and landlords through the Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP). The City of Alexandria Eviction Prevention Task Force urges residents who need help making rent payments due COVID-19 hardships to check to see if they are eligible and apply through the state’s online site, or call 211.

RRP also encourages landlords to apply on behalf of tenants to receive funds to pay delinquent rental payments from April 1, 2020, and forward. 

Renters who received assistance for past due rent through the state’s previous Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) can reapply through RRP to obtain help with future rental payments. The RMRP program was funded by the CARES Act; the new federal funding now comes through the Emergency Rental Program, which does not cover mortgage relief.

The City’s Office of Housing also offers emergency eviction prevention assistance, including rental assistance related to COVID-19 impacts, for Alexandria residents facing eviction. Residents who have received a 5- or 14-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit Property, a court summons or an eviction notice should call 703.746.4990.

The task force recommends that Alexandria renters needing assistance apply directly to the state program; those needing assistance with the process or with additional needs can call the Office of Community Services (OCS) at 703.746.5700 or text 703.346.5599. Residents can also apply for the OCS Rental Assistance Program, which provides rental assistance to eligible, low income households facing a housing crisis or homelessness, regardless of whether needs are related to impacts of COVID-19.

Homeowners needing assistance with mortgage payments are encouraged to work with their lenders. Those with FHA-insured mortgages should contact a HUD-approved housing counseling agency; visit www.hud.gov/coronavirus/homeowners for more information.

The City also offers a range of resources for those impacted by COVID-19, including 

The Eviction Prevention Task Force is a multi-agency partnership composed of representatives from across the City. The goals of the Task Force include reducing the number of evictions in Alexandria, diminishing the impact of eviction on residents and developing and implementing a long term eviction prevention strategy that addresses the needs of residents and property owners.

This article was edited to correct DCHS text number on March 13, 2021.