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Salvation Army Rental Assistance Program to Receive Financial Support

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Released 3 December 2008

The Salvation Army Richmond Area Command's Rent Assistance Program will soon receive financial support from one of Richmond's newest companies, Richmond Roomies.

Richmond Roomies, founded in August 2008, has pledged to donate a portion of its monthly sales to the Rent Assistance Program at The Salvation Army; a program that provides financial support to Central Virginia residents that have fallen on hard times and are subsequently behind in their rent.

In an effort to prevent homelessness, The Salvation Army Rent Assistance Program has provided funds to over 1,000 individuals behind on their rent over the last five years with an average rent payment of $500 per client.

"The rent assistance program is vital to our mission of meeting basic human needs without discrimination," said Jerry Chaney, Director of Family Services at The Salvation Army. "What is more basic than a roof over your head?"

"We are anticipating an overwhelming response to our services, which in turn will directly impact the lives of those in need right here in the Richmond area through our contributions to The Salvation Army Rent Assistance Program, a program we are proud to support" said Jason Dickerson, Richmond Roomies President and Chief Executive Officer .

Richmond Roomies is a company that provides landlords and tenants with comprehensive screening processes utilizing an advanced Tenant Identity Verification program in an effort to reduce fraudulent applications in the tenant screening process.

According to its website;, Richmond Roomies was started "for one reason and one reason only, to assist those in central Virginia who are seeking a valid and secure roommate."

Richmond Roomies' parent company, Grand 

Heritage Realty Referrals, LLC (GHRR, LLC), has been serving the Richmond community for over 15 years. Since 1985, GHRR, LLC has offered community service through real estate, retail and client support needs.

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