Council appoints former Councilor Bellamy and another to CRHA Board

The Board of Commissioners for the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority finally has seven members again. Last night, Charlottesville City Council appointed former City Councilor Wes Bellamy and Airea Garland to the body which oversees operations of an agency that has seen much activity in recent years.

This will be the second time Bellamy will serve on the CRHA Board. He was Council’s representative on the body for his term from 2016 to 2019. During that period, the CRHA began receiving additional funding, including $900,000 a year to distribute additional housing vouchers to help subsidize rents.

Investment in public housing began to increase during Bellamy’s tenure on Council. The FY2020 budget was the last he voted on as a Councilor and it included $3 million a year for the first redevelopment projects in decades. That public investment coupled with low-income housing tax credits got the project moving ten years after a master plan was adopted and put on the shelf.

A refurbished Crescent Halls is expected to reopen to residents last this year and residents may begin to move into the first new units at South First Street sometime this month. 

Wes Bellamy’s Council photo from 2018 (Credit: City of Charlottesville)

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