The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development has announced that the state will match a $2 million donation from IKEA to the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia to help Virginians stay in their homes.
To be matched with $2 million from the state's COVID-19 Relief Fund, the donation from the IKEA U.S. Community Foundation will support twenty Legal Aid attorneys over the next two years working to assist Virginia tenants facing eviction. As part of its efforts to support COVID-19 recovery efforts across the country, IKEA is providing states where it has operations with a donation equal to the amount provided to its employees in the form of state unemployment benefits. Housing security continues to be a top priority for Virginia amid the ongoing public health emergency.
"Our commonwealth faced an eviction crisis before COVID-19 arrived in early March, and the ongoing global pandemic is making this problem even worse," said Virginia governor Ralph Northam. "We are deeply grateful to IKEA for this generous donation that, coupled with money from the COVID-19 Relief Fund and other federal resources, will help more Virginians stay in their homes as we fight this virus. In an unprecedented crisis and financial uncertainty, we must be able to get relief to vulnerable populations quickly and efficiently — this additional funding will make that possible."
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