Monthly Archives: March 2021

Developers argue local policy affects cost of housing

How much of a role does local policy play in determining the cost of housing? That was one theme of a panel discussion held on March 18, 2021 by the Central Virginia Regional Housing Partnership. (watch the video)

“There are a lot of factors that go into making something affordable, many of which we just don’t control locally,” said Charlie Armstrong, the vice president of land development for Southern Development, one of the area’s most active property developers. 

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During Housing Albemarle discussion, Supervisors briefed on 2020’s building boom

Let’s go back for a moment to the March 17, 2021 meeting of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors. Things are being built in the county. Here’s County Executive Jeffrey Richardson. 

“2020 was the greatest volume of building permits in over nine years,” Richardson said. “Just 9.7 percent of building permits were issued in the rural area. Over 90 percent of the building permits were issued in the development area.”  

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Security firm defends service to public housing agency poised to cancel contract

Since January, Sentry Force Security has held a contract to patrol properties owned and operated by the Charlottesville Housing and Redevelopment Authority. President Tim Sansone addressed the CHRA Board of Commissioners at their meeting at matters from the public and said there has been an increase in illegal activities and that Sentry Force personnel have been coordinating with the Charlottesville Police Department. 

“I understand there’s been some dialogue or conversations as far as the scope of our services and the contract that we have with CRHA,” Sansone said. “I think everyone would agree or know that the properties that we’re here to patrol and provide services with are definitely in need of some type of security service or coverage which is what we are providing.” 

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CRHA to open waiting list for federal housing vouchers

Do you or someone you know need assistance paying for where you live? The waiting list for federal vouchers issued by the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority will reopen on March 29 for a brief time, with the window closing on April 2. 

“The waitlist is electronic this year and it will be available at,” said John Sales, the executive director of the CRHA. “That’s on our website. It’s on our Facebook page. And it should be on the news in the next couple of days.”

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