RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission is one of seven projects getting funding to support eviction prevention services.

Governor Ralph Northam announced more than $2.9 million for the Virginia Eviction Reduction Pilot on Thursday.

According to a release, this program will support services in 40 communities across the Commonwealth.

“Addressing the issue of evictions has been a policy priority for my administration even before the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Northam. “This funding will provide housing stability for many Virginians providing access to safe, stable, and affordable housing. In addition to its tremendous work supporting affordable housing, community development, and other priorities, DHCD has led our programs to keep people in their homes and support small businesses during the pandemic."

Eviction can have major negative impacts on a household's overall financial well-being as well as impacting education outcomes and community health.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic downturn, efforts have been focused on preventing eviction through rent relief programs, but Virginia has also invested in other resources, such as the VERP to focus on ways to prevent and divert evictions.

The release says the purpose of this pilot program is to create a local or regional coordinated systems approach to effectively prevent evictions.

VERP is designed to prevent evictions as much as possible and provide services to divert them once the legal eviction process has begun.

The release says eligible activities include financial assistance, case management, landlord outreach, legal services, court navigation services and more.

Some of the money will be set aside to evaluate the program to further inform eviction prevention and diversion best practices.

“Safe, affordable, and stable housing is essential to Virginia’s communities and our economic success,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “This funding is critical to serve Virginia’s most vulnerable populations and will help refine our eviction prevention and diversion strategy going forward.”

TJPDC is getting $250,000, which will be used to work with the Piedmont Housing Alliance to serve Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

It will go toward rent assistance, stabilization services and court navigation as well as supporting a case management program at the Financial Opportunity Center/Housing Hub, creating an eviction prevention case manager position and creating a landlord navigator position.

To see the full list of projects, click here.