What We Do

Housing System Development

“Having our own home means stability. It’s the blessing of a neighborhood that’s safe, where everyone knows each other and the kids can have playdates and birthday parties.” –Angel Turner, Habitat Homeowner

Angel Turner and her son Zechariah in front of their Habitat home at Burnett Commons in Charlottesville

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville has helped hundreds of neighbors like Angel purchase a safe, stable, affordable home of their own. Since 1991, we have:

We could not have done this without the 2,000 volunteers who dedicate 40,000 hours to Habitat each year, or our financial supporters who make our work possible!

Despite this, the local housing system remains out of balance and too many of our neighbors still lack pathways to safe, decent, affordable housing.

  • 1 out of 2 Charlottesville residents is cost-burdened by housing
  • 1000 families are on the waiting list for housing subsidy 
  • There is statistically zero inventory for people of extremely low income

That’s why we are committed to increasing our impact by helping align local policy, funding, programming, and marketplace innovation. Our work in this realm is just beginning.

Community-Wide Alignment of Policy, Funding and Programming

To move the needle, we need to think, plan, and act collectively to insure that a full spectrum of housing opportunities becomes available in our community. Our new strategic plan challenges us to work in collaboration and partnership with others in the housing sector to remove the barriers that cause housing policy in the first place.

New Products and Pathways

We are also thinking beyond the house by understanding how housing affects the greater Charlottesville ecosystem. We are aligning initiatives like workforce development, transportation, and healthcare to find innovative and holistic solutions to families’ varied needs.

Advocacy

Supporting laws and policies that promote the creation and protection of affordable housing can have lasting effects at the local, regional, and national level. We are actively identifying advocacy opportunities for supporters interested in advancing affordable housing efforts beyond the work of our local affiliate.

Listening Approach

And as always, we are learning from our neighbors. By committing to a listening approach—such as Appreciative Inquiry and Asset-Based Community Development—Habitat is ensuring that our community impact will be systemic, strategic, and sustainable.