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Charlottesville Affordable Housing Action Items

September/October 2019 

1.      Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund

a.       Background: Early this year, in response to a City staff recommendation that City Council pass a Capital Improvement Program without any available funding for homeownership, Habitat advocated for restoring $1.5mm in funding for the Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund. Ultimately, City Council voted to include $800k in the fund with the presumption that, should a likely end of the year surplus emerge in December 2019, $700K of additional funds will go to the CAHF.

The allocated $800K was subject to a competitive RFP process for which Habitat requested $550K to support 16 homes in the City. Last month, the Housing Advisory Subcommittee voted to recommend to City Council that $750K go to Virginia Supportive Housing to include in a tax credit application to build the “Crossings II,” transitional housing for people coming out of homelessness and $50K to the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program to supplement its previous $500K allocation.

On Monday, October 7th, City Council will consider the committee’s recommendation and will vote on funding.

b.      Habitat’s Position: Habitat strongly endorses funding for Crossings II and for AHIP. At the same time, we are very concerned about two issues:

  • At a recent Housing Advisory Committee meeting, Deputy City Manager Mike Murphy suggested that staff may not be supportive of Council’s request to assign a surplus to the CAHF should it materialize. He said that, with a new City Manager, priorities may change.
  • City funding this year includes a substantial list of important initiatives, inclusive of rental vouchers, low income rentals and rehab. However, it zeroes out funding for homeownership.

c.       Action Needed: Please contact the Charlottesville City Council at council@charlottesville.org  and ask them for two things:

  • Confirm their support for designating the first $700K of surplus funding, should it materialize, for the CAHF.
  • Fund affordable homeownership with the surplus.

Also, please be prepared to show up at and bring friends to City Council on October 7th at 6pm. The item is not a public hearing, so speakers and those in support will have an opportunity to speak or stand at the beginning of the meeting during Matters by the Public Not on the Formal Agenda.

Please email Garrett Trent at gtrent@cvillehabitat.org if you would like more specific information about the item.

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: 10/1/19