An outgrowth of our New Paradigm for Affordable Housing, Project 20 is our commitment to build at least 20 homes annually in partnership with hard-working local families. Click here to read more.
Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville has partnered with more than 140 hard-working low income families in the area to help them realize their dream of home ownership.
Habitat doesn’t give away houses, but instead offers Partner Families the opportunity to earn “sweat equity” building their homes and those of their neighbors. Utilizing volunteer labor and donations, Habitat is able to sell homes to Partner Families at no profit with a zero interest mortgage. In turn, Partner Family mortgage payments feed the Fund for Humanity, allowing us to build even more homes.
This approach has made a big difference in the lives of many hard-working Partner Families. But, given the extent of the local affordable housing crisis, we need to think bigger.
Our New Paradigm, a powerful approach to this crisis, has allowed us to build more homes, to a higher standard, on less land. This new, entrepreneurial model, is creating stable mixed-income communities.
The stages of the New Paradigm include
- Paton Street, the first Habitat for Humanity mixed income community in Virginia;
- Sunrise, the nation’s first ever trailer park transformation without resident displacement; and,
- Southwood, the area’s greatest remaining opportunity to eradicate local housing poverty.
Habitat hosts first ever Partner Family reunion, brings together children and families from the past 25 years
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville was pleased to host a very special event on August 24th. Twenty five years of Partner Family Homeowners - more than150 guests in all - came together to celebrate at one place for the first time and officially conclude a year-long Economic Impact Study and Partner Family Survey process.
Through Hope, a Home: Spotlight on new Partner Family Chauncey Banks
Throughout his life, Chauncey Banks battled housing challenges without much hope of a light at the end of the tunnel until a fateful encounter two years ago. As he joined his neighbors on a sunny day in June to celebrate the completion of their homes at Belmont Cottages, new homeowner Chauncey reflected on his journey and the joys and tribulations along the way.