City and TJPDC seek respondents to fair housing survey

There are many sources for funding for affordable housing projects and that includes the federal government. Locally, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and the City of Charlottesville operate something called the HOME Investment Partnership Consortium.

This is for something called the Consolidated Plan. Learn more on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website.

“This program provides annual entitlement funding through HUD for housing rehabilitation, down-payment assistance or new construction for qualifying households in the region,” reads the website for the partnership.

To help guide the program for a five-year period, Charlottesville and the TJPDC have issued a survey to determine what respondents consider the top priorities for funding. Anyone living or working in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa or Nelson is encouraged to fill it out by February 19. (take the survey

This is not to be confused with the draft allocations for a special amount of HOME funding that came through the American Rescue Plan Act, which is right next to the survey on the website. But you can take a look at a 33-page document that reads like a current state of affairs for responding to the needs of the unhoused and underhoused. Here’s a section.

“The inventory of housing for the homeless includes a day shelter, a high-barrier shelter for adult males and females with 63 beds, a low-barrier thermal shelter (24 beds) for 20 weeks per year, 92 units for medically-vulnerable adult males (most of which will not be available after April 2023), 35 units of housing with permanent supportive housing, 102 vouchers with supportive services, 52 hotel rooms, 25 shelter beds for victims of domestic violence, and 6 units of 4 transitional housing. Efforts are underway to develop another 80 units of supportive housing at the Premier Circle site by 2025, but only 22 vouchers have been secured to date.” 

The technical public comment period for the ARP funding ended on February 2. This segment has been updated to clarify the difference between the survey and the ARP funds.

One of the tables in the draft allocations (Credit: City of Charlottesville, TJPDC) 

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