Faith Community Discusses Affordable Housing in Charlottesville, Albemarle

April 11, 2019. NBC29.COM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – Members of the faith community are coming together to address a common concern across central Virginia.

On Thursday, April 11, hundreds of people gathered with the goal of pushing elected officials to make commitments on affordable housing

Members of the group Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together (IMPACT) invited city, county, and University of Virginia administrators to discuss their roles in expanding affordable housing, but they say some are falling short on their promises.

Albemarle begins affordable housing policy update

April 5, 2019. Charlottesville Tomorrow.

More than 10,000 households in Charlottesville and Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, Fluvanna and Nelson counties spend more than half their income on housing, according to a regional housing study released Thursday.

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission hired Partners for Economic Solutions to complete the Comprehensive Regional Housing Study and Needs Analysis. PES finalized Charlottesville’s housing assessment last spring.

The study found housing costs to be more severe for the lowest-income families in Albemarle than in Charlottesville. Of renter households making less than 30% of area median income in the county — equivalent to $25,600 a year for a family of four — 68% spent more than half of their income on housing.

Supervisors advance affordable housing policy update

April 3, 2019. The Daily Progress.

Albemarle County will soon be starting a process for updating its affordable housing policy.

On Wednesday, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved moving forward with the update using information from a regional housing needs assessment. The board was provided with a summary of Albemarle’s data.

Stacy Pethia, the county’s principal planner for housing, presented the data to the board, which showed that about 20% of all homeowners and 34% of renter households, or 10,700 of the county’s 42,479 households, are estimated to be cost-burdened, which is defined as paying more than 30% of monthly income on housing.

Members of Congregations Gather to Advocate for More Affordable Housing

March 12, 2019. NBC29.COM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – People of all faiths in central Virginia are coming together to address a problem they say knows no religion.

On Tuesday, March 12, about 100 members of IMPACT (Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together) gathered at the Church of the Incarnation to advocate for more affordable housing in the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Albemarle takes steps on affordable housing issue

November 18, 2018. The Daily Progress.

A housing fund likely will be included in Albemarle County’s fiscal year 2020 budget.

The county Board of Supervisors last week heard again from community members and members of Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together who want the board to establish a housing fund with annual and consistent funding.

Greta Dershimer, with Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church serves on IMPACT’s affordable housing committee. She said in an interview that IMPACT members are pleased that supervisors agreed to direct county staff to work on the group’s proposals related to affordable housing.