Charlottesville makes official notice of availability of affordable housing funds 

One of the three main recommendations of the Affordable Housing Plan adopted by Charlottesville City Council in March 2021 was to appropriate $10 million each year towards that purpose. 

There were also recommendations that Charlottesville “establish clear, transparent, and competitive processes to award grants and loans for affordable housing.”  

The city has separated all of the funding into four specific pools and has announced how much is available for the current fiscal year for three of them. This is officially known as a NOFA, for “Notice of Available Funding.” 

  • The Housing Operations and Program Support (HOPS) pool is funding that used to come through the city’s Vibrant Communities process. This money is available for not-for-profit affordable housing related organizations. The month-long application window opens on September 12 and there is $575,000. 
  • The Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund (CAHF) can be used “to directly support affordable housing projects or initiatives.” The month-long window opens on October 12, 2023. There is $835,000 available. 
  • Then there’s direct funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that flows through city decision-makers. There is $410,468 available from the Community Development Block Grant and $112,248 available through the HOME program. This application window doesn’t open up until January 8, 2024. This can be used for a variety of different purposes.
One of the three top recommendations made in the Charlottesville Affordable Housing Plan (view the plan)

The city’s Office of Community Solutions (OCS) manages the application process. 

Last year’s NOFA also listed the category of Housing Development Project Investment which was reserved for entities that apply for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from the entity formerly known as the Virginia Housing Development Authority.  This year’s NOFA does not in part previous years have lined up funding into the future. 

“Through that specific [request for information], OCS staff received valuable input from organizations like Community Services Housing, Inc., and Piedmont Housing Alliance, outlining details on 10 distinct affordable housing projects,” wrote Alexander Ikefuna, the director of the Office of Community Solutions. “This helped us estimate a prospective total funding requirement of $33.4 million for the period between 2023 and 2028.”

(See also: City announces new funding opportunities for affordable housing projects, October 17, 2022) 

Such decisions are ultimately adopted by the Council each April when a budget is approved. The five-year capital improvement program adopted in the budget for Fiscal Year 2024 sets aside the following.

  • There is $3 million for “Public Housing Redevelopment” in FY24, FY25, and FY26. This funding can come in the short-term from the sale of bonds. 
  • There is a $1.5 million allocation to the Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund for each of the five years in the budget. This anticipates the use of cash and not bond sales. 
  • The Charlottesville Supplemental Rental Assistance Program administered by the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority would receive $900,000 a year. This funding has been used in the recent past to enable CRHA to purchase properties such as 100 Harris Road back in June
  • There is $1.885 million in FY24 and $1.885 million in FY25 that would go to the Piedmont Housing Alliance for their redevelopment of the MACAA site on Park Street. Council approved a rezoning for that project in January 2022
  • The third phase of the recently renamed Kindlewood project being developed by the Piedmont Housing Alliance would get $2,047,500 in FY27 and $1,102,500 in FY28. The second phase is slated to receive $1,525 million in FY26. 
  • The other Park Street project being developed by Piedmont Housing Alliance at a church site will receive $1.125 million this year and the same amount in FY25.

For more information, visit the press release on the city’s website

An updated list of projects that groups have sought funding for through the city’s Housing Project Development Investment program (Credit: City of Charlottesville)

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One thought on “Charlottesville makes official notice of availability of affordable housing funds 

  1. I don’t think it is taxpayers responsibility to fund these “affordable housing” giveaways. The way you make housing affordable is you lower the taxes on real estate. Then people can afford to buy a modest house, or landlords can afford to rent significantly cheaper.

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