TJPDC funds three affordable housing projects; Charlottesville funds five

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission has awarded $1.8 million in funds to regional housing nonprofits and entities. The funding comes from a $2 million grant to the TJPDC from the entity formerly known as the Virginia Housing Development Authority for the purpose of constructing or preserving affordable housing. 

“By virtue of us receiving $2 million, we are obligated to construct at least 20 new affordable housing units,” said Ian Baxter, a planner with the TJPDC. 

The TJPDC received five proposals totalling $6 million in requests. Baxter said these were measured by a series of metrics. 

“Cost per unit, location of development, type of development, affordability level, site control, funding sources, and the capacity to be completed by June 2024,” Baxter said. 

The funding will be split among three providers.

  • $640,000 for three Habitat for Humanity chapters for 32 new units to be build throughout the TJPDC region
  • $660,000 to the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority for 48 units at the second phase of the South First Street redevelopment
  • $500,000 for Virginia Supportive Housing for 80 new permanent supportive housing as part of the Premier Circle project

“This $1.8 million will fund developments in all of the six jurisdictions in the planning district,” Baxter said. “It will create a mix of rental, supportive housing, and new homeowner units, all affordable.”

This is the first time the TJPDC has received funds from Virginia Housing for this purpose. Executive Director Christine Jacobs said she is hopeful that there will be another round in the future. 

Unit counts for the TJPDC’s award of $1.8 million in funds for affordable housing 
Council makes CAHF awards, repurposes the HAC

On Monday, the city of Charlottesville awarded $750,000 in funds from the Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund. Alex Ikefuna is the interim director of the Office of Community Solutions, a relatively new division of city government set up to oversee housing issues.

“Staff received seven applications totaling $4,6 million,” Ikefuna said.

They are:

  • $425,000 to the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority for South Street Phase 2
  • $75,000 for down payment assistance for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville’s Equity Homeownership Initiative 
  • $100,000 for Albemarle Housing Improvement Program’s Charlottesville Critical Repair Program 
  • $50,000 for the Local Energy Alliance Program’s Assisted Home Performance and Electrification Ready (AHP) targeted to owner occupied homes.
  • $100,000 for LEAP’s AHP for renter occupied homes

Council also agreed to amend the by-laws for the Housing Advisory Committee to reduce membership and to transfer review of city housing funds to a dedicated Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund Committee.

Three Councilors indicated they wanted to make sure a representative from the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority is on the amended Housing Advisory Committee. 

“In my view, the bottom line is just to try to have a body that is more effective in giving City Council guidance about how to implement our affordable housing strategy and meet our affordable housing goals and these are just changes meant to have it be a more effective and efficient body in doing that for us,” said City Councilor Michael Payne, who is also on the CRHA’s Board of Commissioners. 

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