Group holds first meeting on reducing Virginia evictions

RICHMOND, Va. — A new coalition has held its first meeting to try to tackle the complicated question of why Virginia is home to five out of the top 10 cities in the country with the highest eviction rates.

The Campaign to Reduce Eviction met Tuesday to begin a campaign to bring down high eviction rates in Richmond, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Chesapeake.

The coalition was formed last month after data collected by a team headed by Princeton University sociology professor Matthew Desmond was published in The New York Times.

Housing advocates and attorneys who attended the meeting said the high rates are fueled in part by a shrinking supply of affordable housing and by housing that’s not subsidized enough.

The coalition is expected to propose legislation to help tenants fight evictions.

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