Thursday, March 22, 2018

RPD to Host Places of Worship Safety & Awareness Form

The Richmond Police Department will host a Places of Worship Safety & Awareness Form on
Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m., Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 West Graham Road.

Registration is available here.

Topics will include:
Violence in Places of Worship 
Addressing Potential Threats in Places of Worship Active Shooter
How to Start a Security Ministry  

For more information contact Officer Kimberly Cheatham-McClarin:
Office (804) 646-6754

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds

On or about March 26, 2018 the City of Richmond will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of the Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program (LBPHC) is authorized by Section 1011 of the Residential Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (Title X of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, 42 U.S.C. 4852) and funding is provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31), approved May 5, 2017.  The Health Homes Supplemental funding is authorized under Section 502 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 (12 U.S.C. 1701z-2), Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended for the following multi-year program/project March 1, 2018 through February 28, 2021:

RVA Lead Based Paint Hazard Control program, for the purpose of reducing lead based paint hazards in low and moderate income households with lead poisoned children or residential units with children under the age of six and or expecting mothers with lead based paint hazards who are also low and moderate incomes.  Healthy homes funds will be used to address asthma triggers and trip and fall hazards in residential units that also have lead based paint hazards. 

Funds may also be used to address vacant rental units that have lead based paint hazards that will be marketed to low and moderate income households with children under the age of six or expecting mothers. The target are is encompasses all of the City of Richmond and will be carried out by the City Of Richmond, Project:HOMES Inc and the Richmond City Health District. 

The City of Richmond, VA is requesting the release of $2,310,314 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant, $400,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental, $200,000 Community Development Block Grant match, $100,000 in City General fund match, for March 1, 2018 through February 28, 2021.

To view the full document in English, click here.

To view the document in Spanish, click here.

City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open March 23 - 26

The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be open Friday, March 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24 as temperatures are forecast to remain at or below 40 degrees. The Shelter will reopen at 7 p.m. until noon on Sunday, March 25, reopening at 7 p.m. until 10 a.m. Monday, March 26.

Single adults needing overnight shelter are asked to call the Housing Crisis Line, (804) 972-0813 for referral to the appropriate shelter. Single adults residing in the City of Richmond who are not eligible for existing shelter or advised all available beds have been filled, should report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities (511 West Grace St.) to receive a referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter.

The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

City residents are also advised the Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

The elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, please contact Commonwealth Catholic Charities at (804) 648-4177.

Monday, March 19, 2018

2018 Upcoming City Council District Meetings

Councilwoman Robertson to hold a meeting for the Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District
Saturday, March 24

10 a.m.

Main Library

101 E. Franklin St.
Councilwoman Newbille to hold a meeting for the Richmond East End 7th Voter District 

Tuesday, March 27

6 p.m.

Sarah Garland Jones Center
2600 Nine Mile Rd.

Mayor Stoney Appoints Senior Policy Advisor

Mayor Levar M. Stoney today is pleased to announce that community advocate and educator Osita Iroegbu is joining the administration as a Senior Policy Advisor. A Richmond native who currently lives in South Richmond, Iroegbu will be responsible for advancing the mayor’s priorities in community engagement, diversity and inclusion.

“I’m excited to have Osita join our team,” said Mayor Stoney. “Her years of experience and engagement in the Richmond community as an educator, journalist and advocate for social justice make her the right person for the important job of helping everyone in our city share in the vision of One Richmond.”

The mayor’s new advisor welcomes the challenge. “I’m eager to work with Mayor Stoney and his team to achieve greater progress for residents in every part of my hometown,” said Iroegbu, who grew up in Richmond’s Hillside public housing neighborhood. “I look forward to engaging our diverse communities and helping to ensure their voices are included in policy efforts as we collectively work to move our city forward.”

A first generation Nigerian-American, Iroegbu was named as a 2017 Governor’s Fellow in the Virginia Children’s Cabinet and a 2017 Initiatives of Change/Hope in the Cities Community Trustbuilding Fellow.

She is a former reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where she covered education, government and public safety and focused on underserved communities in the Greater Richmond region. She also served as an instructor and assistant director of university relations at Virginia State University, and managed public relations at the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority from 2010 to 2014. 

Iroegbu is currently a member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia’s Next Generation Steering Committee, which works to mobilize and support young social justice activists and emerging community leaders within the Commonwealth, and is part of Initiatives of Change’s facilitator cohort designed to support the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort aimed at fostering narrative change and relationship building for sustained racial equity in Richmond.

She is founder of the Little Princesses Mentoring Program, which links young girls in at-risk communities with positive college mentors and enrichment experiences in higher education, and co-founder of the African Community Network of Greater Richmond, a non-profit organization aimed at providing, resources and advocacy to local African immigrant families and building multicultural unity.

Iroegbu earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Delaware and a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Media Art and Text doctoral program.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mayor Stoney Kicks-off Voter Registration Push at Richmond Public High Schools

This morning, Mayor Levar Stoney kicked-off the first of a series of visits to Richmond public high schools to promote voter registration among young adults by speaking with students at Armstrong High School, Franklin Military Academy and the Richmond Alternative School.

“We are getting in front of our young people and letting them know it is vital their voices are heard in our democracy,” said Mayor Stoney. “By registering, and getting others to register to vote, it is our hope Richmond Public Schools students will feel empowered and included in the decision-making process that will determine their futures.”

The​ ​City​ ​of​ ​Richmond,​ ​in​ ​collaboration​ ​with​ ​Inspire​ ​U.S.,​ ​is also ​launching ​the​ ​Mayor’s​ ​Voter Registration​ ​Award​ ​for​ ​high​ ​school​ ​students​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​city.​ ​The​ ​award​ ​is​ ​intended​ ​to recognize​ ​and​ ​commemorate​ ​the​ ​efforts​ ​of​ ​the​ ​next​ ​generation​ ​of​ ​leaders​ ​to​ ​educate,​ ​engage and​ ​inform​ ​their​ ​fellow​ ​students​ ​about​ ​how​ ​to​ ​get​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​the​ ​voting​ ​process. The​ ​award​ ​will be​ ​presented​ ​to​ ​schools​ ​who​ ​register​ ​​65%​ ​of​ ​their​ ​eligible​ ​senior​ ​class​.  
"Inspire U.S. is delighted to be partnering with the Mayor and Richmond Public Schools,” said Ian Baxter, Regional Manager for Inspire Virginia. “As a Richmond Public Schools alum, I am excited to help students use their voices to express their political beliefs and become lifelong engaged citizens and voters."

The mayor will visit John Marshall High School and Open High School on March 28.

To register to vote, click here.

For more information on Inspire U.S., please contact ​​​​ ​or​ call ​(804) 617-9900.  

RVA Education Compact Team Meeting March 20

The RVA Education Compact Team will meet on Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. in the 5th floor conference room of City Hall. This is the the first meeting of the group since citizen members were appointed in January.

Click here for the meeting agenda.

Click here to access more information about the RVA Education Compact.