WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Williamsburg Health Foundation has announced a $1 million grant funding to Williamsburg, James City County and York County to prevent rental evictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There is a profound, multifaceted connection between one’s housing and one’s health,” said Carol L. Sale, President and CEO of WHF. “So profound that Trustees of the Williamsburg Health Foundation made the challenging decision to increase the foundation’s annual spending limit this year which required reaching into the foundation’s corpus to fund this program. This is a unique and important million-dollar investment for us and for the entire community.”
The grant is divided among the three localities for its population and number of low-income households.
$270,000 will go to Williamsburg, $430,000 to James City County, and $300,000 to York. The application for the COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program is now open.
“WHF cannot provide rent relief long term. We do not intend to do so. But, at this critical moment in the pandemic, we are certain that keeping individuals and families from falling into a cycle of homelessness and poverty is the best thing this foundation can do for both the immediate and long-term health of our community and the people who live here,” said Sale.
If you need rent relief, contact a representative in your locality:
James City County: 757-259-5340
York County: 757-890-3885