Religious-Based Group Wants City to Incentivize Developers to Provide Affordable Homes

May 16, 2018. NBC 29

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – The Charlottesville Housing Advisory Committee is working to tackle the affordable housing issues plaguing the city.

At its meeting on Wednesday, May 16, the full committee heard ideas from a religious-based group.

A group called the Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together, or IMPACT, has been conducting research in hopes of solving the housing crisis. The group says adopting new zoning codes could be the solution.

IMPACT says affordable housing is a fundamental problem that needs to be addressed at its roots. The group says the city should change legislation to incentivize developers to build more affordable units.

Finding a home: Region Ten set to open Women’s Center

May 11, 2018. Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Last year, Caitlin Kelly spoke to a crowd of an estimated 1,000 people about her 17-year struggle with addiction. It was part of a movement to build a place for women in Central Virginia to stay while recovering from substance abuse.

Now, the Region Ten Community Services Board’s Women’s Center at Moores Creek is preparing to host a housewarming party on June 1, and Kelly has just been hired as the center’s certified peer recovery specialist.

Faith Community Asks City, County Leaders to Tackle Affordable Housing Crisis

April 24, 2018. NBC 29.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – The faith community is coming together to tackle the affordable housing crisis in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. On Tuesday, April 24, hundreds gathered as part of the action assembly held by Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together (IMPACT). 

Faith groups vote to focus on affordable housing

October 24, 2017. The Daily Progress. 

At its 12th annual Assembly on Tuesday, members of IMPACT, an interfaith coalition of nearly 30 congregations in the Charlottesville area, decided to focus on advocating for the development of more affordable housing in the community.

Various congregational caucuses voted on the area of focus after hearing testimonies from community members struggling with social challenges. Following the voting process, the coalition chose housing issues over addressing impoverished conditions for immigrants and access to health care.

IMPACT updated on women’s treatment facility, senior housing initiatives

March 28, 2017. The Daily Progress.

Hundreds of people from diverse religious backgrounds came together on Tuesday night for updates on two initiatives taken up by the Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together, better known as IMPACT.

With 16 congregations — some Christian, some Jewish, some Muslim — in attendance Tuesday night at the Church of the Incarnation, committee leader Janie Pudhorodsky reminded the crowd that the local regional jail locks up about 3,150 drug and alcohol addicts each year and said that nearly all female inmates have experienced sexual abuse and violence.