Tackling the Eviction Crisis, Increasing Affordable Housing, Promoting Black & Brown Homeownership & Fighting Homelessness
As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will work to ensure every Virginian has a place to call home. That means addressing the eviction crisis and increasing protections for renters. Terry will also increase the supply of affordable housing by investing in the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, spearheading zoning reform, and partnering with the Biden Administration to increase access to affordable housing vouchers. Terry will also work to fight systemic racism and promote Black and Brown homeownership by combating lending discrimination, strengthening down payment assistance programs, access to low-interest loans, and rent-to-own programs.
As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, Terry fought for critical investments into Virginia’s Housing Trust Fund to increase the supply of affordable housing and help people achieve housing stability. Under his leadership, Virginia reduced homelessness among families by 27%, and Virginia became the first state in the nation to functionally end veteran homelessness by ensuring every community has a sustainable, systematic response to prevent homelessness whenever possible and to allow veterans in need of housing to secure a home within 90 days.
The Work Ahead
- Invest in the Virginia Housing Trust Fund to increase the supply of affordable housing, promote Black and Brown homeownership and prevent homelessness.
- Combat the historic effects of redlining by fighting back against discriminatory lending practices and ensuring critical state resources are accessible to Black Virginians.
- Create a Coordinating Council to Reduce Evictions to protect the more than 260,000 families at risk.
- Allocate permanent funding for programs that provide Virginians with access to legal support, rent relief, and eviction prevention and diversion programs.