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 130 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 Partner Family "Good Neighbor" retreat
Partner Family Education has always been central to the success of Habitat. Now that we are creating whole communities and not just homes, we are taking it to the next level.
On Saturday, February 22nd, Habitat hosted its first ever “Good Neighbor” retreat with a focus on helping future neighbors grow together and develop skills necessary to thrive together in their future communities.
Habitat leadership meets with Viriginia Congressional delegation as part of "Habitat on the Hill"
The eight annual “Habitat on the Hill” legislative conference was held February 11th – 13th on Capitol Hill.
The conference presented a great opportunity for Habitat affiliate leaders to increase their knowledge about federal housing policy, to learn about Habitat for Humanity International’s current legislative priorities, and to visit with members of Congress to advocate on behalf of affordable housing initiatives nationally and globally.