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.

Making healthcare employment accessible for young adults

Charlottesville, VA- IMPACT worked for three years to move the area’s largest employer to address the fact that young adults were three times more likely to be unemployed than anyone else in the community. After making commitments at the 2013 Nehemiah Action, UVA Medical Center is investing approximately $218,000 to engage and hire unemployed and underemployed 18-25 year-olds.  

Increased access to child psychiatry for children in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA- 1,268 people gathered at the Nehemiah Action to press the community’s largest provider of mental health care to nearly triple hours of child psychiatry offered each week. This came after hearing stories of our members facing an average of 3 months for their sick children to see a psychiatrist. During this wait their crises continued.