Charlottesville Affordable Housing Action Items
For this month, HFHGC’s Advocacy in support of our vision of a Greater Charlottesville where everyone has access to a decent place to live focuses on a City rezoning, updating the local housing strategy and a national GRA initiative.
1. Flint Hill PUD
a. Background: We have an agreement with Southern Development Homes to work together to build 16 homes as part of its planned Flint Hill neighborhood in JPA neighborhood in the City.
On June 9th, at a joint public hearing, the City Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of SDH’s application for rezoning and for a critical slopes waiver. Included in the rezoning is a proffer for eight units of affordable housing. Our agreement with the builder doubles that number to 16 or 30% of all of the units to be constructed.
b. Habitat’s Position: Habitat supports the rezoning and the critical slope waiver. The rezoning will bring crucially needed affordable housing, in particular, owner-occupied affordable housing, to the City. Habitat’s subsidy model enables us to sell homes to families at 25-60% of area median income and our average applicant in this round is at 32% of AMI. Affordable homeownership is a way to redress generations of inequity, especially given the fact that the percentage of African American homeownership in Charlottesville has decreased by an alarming 24% over the past two decades.
Additionally, the City’s critical slope waiver has a standard of review that requires Council to consider the public benefits of allowing a waiver vs. the potential impacts. Any potential impacts will need to be addressed at the site plan phase while, clearly, the provision of 30% affordable homeownership provides a public benefit consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
c. Action Needed: Please contact City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org and request that they vote on July 20th to approved the Planning Commission’s unanimous recommendation of Southern Development’s application for a rezoning and critical slope waiver at Flint Hill.
2. Federal Pandemic Housing Response
a. Background: Before the pandemic, more than 18 million U.S. households were paying half or more of their income on housing, forcing them to make impossible choices between paying their mortgage or rent and meeting other basic needs. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to worsen this situation. As such, Habitat supporters nationally are requesting that Congress act to provide emergency relief and prevent an exacerbation of the crisis.
b. Habitat’s Position: We believe that members of Congress should prioritize housing stability across the country.
c. Action Needed: Please follow this link to sign on to a letter to your congressional delegation:
This page will be updated on a monthly basis with new action items for people looking to advocate for affordable housing solutions in the greater Charlottesville area.
Last update: 7/24/2020