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City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities offering utility relief assistance

The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities is currently accepting applications from customers that have fallen behind on their utility bills as a result of an economic hardship due to COVID-19.

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The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities is currently accepting applications from customers that have fallen behind on their utility bills as a result of an economic hardship due to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Municipal Utility Relief Program funding provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is being administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and supports municipal utility relief efforts during the pandemic. Funding is designed to be a one‐time opportunity, with one payment per household or business. This assistance is in addition to the moratorium suspending disconnections issued by the City in early March, which remains in effect.

“I am thankful for Governor Northam’s leadership and his continued efforts to keep all Virginians safe during the pandemic,” said Mayor Stoney. “This allocation of funds for utility relief highlights our commitment to public health and safety, and this assistance will go a long way in helping our customers that have been hit hardest to recover from the financial impacts of the pandemic.”

DPU Director Calvin D. Farr, Jr. notes, “This pandemic has left many in our community financially vulnerable, so we’re pleased to be able to offer additional targeted financial assistance and help residents reduce their past due utility balances.” In addition to any relief that may result from an awarding of funds under this program, DPU continues to work with customers experiencing financial hardships. Extended payment plans have been established as well as automatic payment plans for eligible customers. As always, customers experiencing economic hardships are encouraged to contact DPU at (804) 646-4646 to discuss their payment options. Director Farr adds, “Ensuring residents have access to utility services remains our priority.”

To be eligible for funding under this Relief Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a customer of the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities with active utility service;
  • Have experienced/been impacted by an economic hardship due to COVID-19;
  • Have fallen behind on their City water, wastewater or natural gas utility bill for services during the period of March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020;
  • Have not received any other forms of local relief or financial assistance for their City utility services; AND
  • Submit a completed application where all information is valid and legible. Please read the instructions carefully. Your application must be received by midnight Sunday, January 17, 2021.

With the quick turnaround for the application process, eligible customers are encouraged to apply immediately. More information, including the application, is available at www.rva.gov/public-utilities. Customers may also request an application via email to [email protected] or pick one up at any of the following locations:

  • City Hall | 900 E. Broad Street, Room 115
  • East District Initiative | 701 N. 25th Street
  • Southside Community Services Center | 4100 Hull Street

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Weigh in on Richmond’s New Downtown Plan Tonight

A public meeting is today at 6:00 PM to learn about and share your thoughts on the recently released draft City Center small area plan.

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Details from Partnership for Smarter Growth

Please join us at a public meeting today at 6:00PM to learn about and share your thoughts on the recently released draft City Center small area plan. You can attend the meeting in person at the Greater Richmond Convention Center or online via Microsoft Teams. Go to the PDR website to learn more.
City staff drafted this plan in response to the failed Navy Hill redevelopment proposal, and it encompasses largely the same area, while this time recommending demolition of the Coliseum, without replacement. This isn’t the only big change.
The plan focuses on how to create a vibrant urban neighborhood in an area marked by a number of vacant city owned parcels, and includes proposed improvements to bicycle, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure, at least 20% affordable housing, and new amenities, including a linear park, a pedestrian plaza, and outdoor dining space. Included are protected bike lanes, a new transit transfer center, and a new City Hall at a new location. The latter is quite a surprise to many of us and we would like to learn more. We also want to understand if a Transfer Center located two blocks from the Pulse BRT, makes sense.
To date, the primary input has been limited to online surveys due to the pandemic, so we hope there will be more opportunities for public involvement in planning the future of our downtown.Take a look at the draft plan and see all of the proposed changes in store for the City Center area, and leave comments on the interactive PDF, by following this link
Do you like the public spaces and are they enough? The location of the transit transfer center? Moving City Hall into a new building at a new location?
We hope you can attend tonight and also send in comments. Thank you for your involvement in shaping the future of our city and region.
Screenshot from the Small Area Plan

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RPD Investigating Quadruple Shooting

At approximately 1:27 a.m., officers were called to the 200 block of Crane Street for the report of a shooting.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives are investigating a quadruple shooting that occurred early Sunday morning and are asking for the community’s help.

At approximately 1:27 a.m., officers were called to the 200 block of Crane Street for the report of a shooting.

Officers arrived and found an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. Three additional victims self-transported to a local hospital, all with gunshot wounds, and one with life threatening injuries.

There was a large crowd in the parking lot prior to the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective M. Young at (804) 646-3926 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

 

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Police Looking for Detergent Thief

Over the past two weeks, the male in the photos twice entered a store located in the 2400 block of East Main Street, produced a bag and filled it with several bottles of laundry detergent before leaving the store.

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Can you identify the larceny suspect in the photos who twice cleaned out a store of laundry detergent recently?

Over the past two weeks the male in the photos twice entered a store located in the 2400 block of East Main Street, produced a bag and filled it with several bottles of laundry detergent before leaving the store.

The male is approximately 5’ 9” tall. In one incident he wore a blue polo shirt, ripped blue jeans, and white shoes.

Anyone who recognizes this individual or knows his whereabouts is asked to call First Precinct Detective Sergeant Miller at (804) 646-1289 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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