Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority to welcome new members

The seven-member Board of Commissioners for the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority will meet at 6 p.m. in City Space. The meeting can be observed via Zoom. (agenda on cvillepedia)

The meeting begins with an introduction to the two new Commissioners. Council appointed Alice Washington and Javier Raudales to two open seats in July. They will also appoint new officers. Outgoing Commissioners A’Lelia Henry and Airea Garland will be recognized for their service on the Board. 

They will also approve minutes from the May 22 meeting. At that meeting, the CRHA passed a resolution to purchase 100 Harris Road. That transaction closed on July 14 for $275,000.

Highlights from the various reports:

  • Forty-six residents have returned to the renovated Crescent Halls aiming for a total of 50 by the end of the month. However, the project is not complete. CRHA terminated the contract with GMA “due to inability to complete the work as scheduled.” 
  • This week should see the return of residents to the third building in the first phase of the South First Street project. The report cites a lack of staff as well as heavy language barriers for the delay. There are only fourteen residents left at the old South First Street and ten of these will move into the new units. Two households will move to Crescent Halls and two will head to Westhaven.  
  • The second phase of the South First Street project will redevelop the existing buildings. The plan is now to have Martin Horn built the apartment units and Greenwood Homes to build the townhouses. A third party will do the site work. 
  • CRHA has applied for a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a 54-month program for the Westhaven community. “The program is to develop locally-based, job-driven approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing.” 
  • There are 219 individuals in the Section 3 databank and only one was served in the past month. Forty-four individuals were helped by Resident Services in the same period. 

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