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Office of Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2018
Contacts: Lauren Burke, cell: 703-244-7970

Lt. Governor Fairfax to Focus on Evictions

On Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax will convene three roundtables to hear from members of the community in Richmond and Hampton Roads to continue ongoing conversations and better assess the problem of evictions and evaluate solutions. The roundtables will include state and local agency officials, city officials, and representatives of community groups, advocacy organizations, tenants, property owners, property managers, realtors, and academia. 

The Lt. Governor wants to ensure that efforts are made to cooperatively develop holistic solutions that would reduce these Virginia cities' eviction rates so that they are no longer ranked among the nation's highest.

On April 7, a front page article in The New York Times (link: https://goo.gl/4WGSwX) highlighted the problem of evictions nationwide. Data collected from 83 million eviction records demonstrated that five of the top ten cities in the country are in the  Commonwealth of Virginia. They are: Richmond, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Chesapeake.  

Lt. Governor Fairfax is concerned about the issue of evictions as well as the related issues of economic mobility, affordable housing, stagnant wages and poverty.  

Dates, times and locations are below.   

Richmond Community Roundtable on Evictions
DATE: Monday, July 16, 2018
TIME 4:30PM-6:30PM
LOCATION: Peter Paul Development Center, 1708 N 22nd St, Richmond, VA

I. Opening Remarks: 4:30PM-4:35PM Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax
II. Welcome/Remarks: 4:35PM-4:40PM Mayor Levar Stoney
III. Introductions: 4:40PM-4:55PM Participants
IV. Discussion: 4:55PM-6:15PM Participants
V. Wrap-Up & Closing Remarks: 6:15PM-6:30PM Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax

ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS:

  • Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax
  • Mayor Levar Stoney
  • Senator Jennifer McClellan
  • Delegate Lamont Bagby
  • Delegate Jeff Bourne
  • Delegate Betsy Carr
  • Sheriff Antionette Irving, Richmond
  • Pam Kestner, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Father James Arsenault, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
  • Laura Lafayette, Richmond Association of Realtors
  • Martin Wegbreit, Central Virginia Legal Aid
  • Kelly King Horne, Homeward
  • Martin Johnson, The Virginia REALTORS®
  • Omari Al-Qadaffi, Tenant Advocate
  • Andrew Clark, Home Builders Association of Virginia
  • Orlando Artze, Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority
  • Shadae Harris, Richmond Public Schools
  • Hana Yun, ACTS RVA
  • Lillie Estes, Tenant Advocate
  • Kathryn Howell, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Alex Wagaman, VCU Youth Voices
  • Jonathan Knopf, HDAdvisors

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Hampton/Newport News Community Roundtable on Evictions
DATE: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
TIME: 9:30AM-11:30AM
LOCATION: Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, 2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA

I. Opening Remarks: 9:30AM-9:35AM Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax
II. Welcome/Remarks: 9:35AM-9:45AM Mayor McKinley Price, Mayor Donnie Tuck
III. Introductions: 9:45AM-10:00AM Participants
IV. Discussion: 10:00AM-11:15AM Participants
V. Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks: 11:15AM-11:30AM Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax

ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS:         

  •    Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax
  • Mayor McKinley Price, Newport News
  • Mayor Donnie Tuck, Hampton
  • Senator Mamie Locke
  • Mary Bunting, City Manager of Hampton
  • Pam Kestner, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Karen Wilds, Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority
  • Angela York, THRIVE Peninsula
  • Keith Cannady, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
  • Martin Johnson, The Virginia REALTORS® Association
  • Christie Marra, Virginia Poverty Law Center
  • Steve Kast, United Way of the Virginia Peninsula
  • Ann Bane, Hampton City Schools
  • Major Shonda Whitfield, Newport News Sheriff's Office
  • Major Steven Rich, Hampton Sheriff's Office
  • The Reverend Doctor Gregory Howard, First Baptist Church East End
  • Greg Grootendorst, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
  • Tenant Advocates
  • Carl Burt, Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®/Abbitt Realty
  • Jack Hunter, RE/Max Peninsula
  • Russell Skidmore, Skidmore & Associates REALTORS®, Inc.
  • David Whitley, Frank & Schapiro Real Estate
  • Susan Gaston, Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors

 

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Norfolk/Chesapeake Community Roundtable on Evictions
DATE: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
TIME: 2:00PM-4:00PM
LOCATION: 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA (PDC Office), Room D and E

I. Opening Remarks: 2:00PM-2:05PM Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax
II. Introductions: 2:05PM-2:25PM Participants
III. Discussion: 2:25PM-3:45PM Participants
IV. Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks: 3:45PM-4:00PM Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax 

ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS:

  • Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax
  • Delegate Kelly Fowler
  • James Rogers, Deputy City Manager, Norfolk 
  • Sheriff Joseph Baron, Norfolk
  • Pam Kestner, Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Debra Grant, Tenant Advocate
  • Keith Cannady, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
  • Martin Johnson, The Virginia REALTORS® Association
  • Lisa Saunders, ReMax Allegiance
  • Joe Dillard, Norfolk Redevelopment Housing Authority/Hampton Roads Transit
  • Major Janetta Grizzard, Norfolk Sheriff's office
  • Jill Baker, Department of Human Services, Chesapeake
  • Stacie Walls-Beegle, LGBT Life Center/Continuum of Care (CoC)
  • Lt. Colonel Kevin Kight, Chesapeake Sheriff's Office
  • Shernita Bethea, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
  • Greg Grootendorst, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
  • Amy Disel Allman, Virginia Legal Aid Society
  • Traci Lewis VanCamp, ReMax Alliance
  • Craig Wool, Century 21 Nachman Realty

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