Williamsburg Health Foundation announces $1M grant to prevent evictions

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Posted at 9:21 PM, Feb 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 21:21:06-05

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:

Williamsburg: 757-220-6161

James City County: 757-259-5340

York County: 757-890-3885