(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Gov. Ralph Northam wants extra $19 million for affordable housing

Virginia Governor set to present budget to General Assembly

December 17, 2018 - 2:20 pm

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is asking state lawmakers for an extra $21.6 million for affordable housing and to help tenants facing eviction.

    The Democratic governor highlighted parts of his forthcoming budget plans on Monday. He'll present his full budget to the GOP-led General Assembly on Tuesday.

    Northam wants to put $19 million in the state's Housing Trust Fund, which is used to expand the supply of affordable housing. He's also pushing to add $2.6 million to provide legal assistance to tenants facing eviction. The governor said several localities in Virginia have some of the highest eviction rates in the country.

    Northam also proposed about $20 million in new spending to help Virginians pay for rent and tuition at public and private colleges and universities.


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