Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund

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The Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund was established in 2007 to assist city residents in finding affordable housing. [1]

Origins

The fund was capitalized with $2.15 million in fiscal year 2007-08 according to former Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris. Another $1.4 million for the fund was included in the fiscal 2008-09 Capital Improvement Program. [2]

Norris called the program his "first major legislative proposal." At the time it was known as the Charlottesville Affordable Housing Investment Program (CAHIP). [3]

In its first years, the fund helped agencies such as the Piedmont Housing Alliance, Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP), Region 10, the Jefferson Area Board for Aging and the Dogwood Housing Limited Partnership. [4]

Contributions

In addition to taxpayer dollars, the fund also receives money from developers. Under Section 34-12 of the zoning ordinance, allowed by state law HB 883 in 2008 and adopted unanimously by City Council on July 10, 2008[5][6], developers are required to provide affordable housing units upon approval of a rezoning or special use permit for a residential or mixed-use project. In lieu of providing such affordable housing, developers may make a cash contribution to the fund of $2 per square foot of area above 1.0 Floor Area Ratio (FAR). For mixed-use projects, the required contribution is multiplied by the fraction of residential floor area.

Between 2012 and July 2017, the fund has received over $2 million in contributions according to city housing coordinator Stacy Pethia. [7]

List of developer contributions

Date Project Amount Developer Notes
2017-12 Water Street Promenade $45,883.26 Riverbend Development 11/24 of total $100,000
2016-12 The Standard $664,776.63 Landmark Properties
2016-05 Marriott Residence Inn $200,000.00 Charles Wendell
2015-11 The Uncommon $331,450.68 CA Student Living
2015-02 Pavilion at North Grounds $59,522.31 Peak Campus Development 70-unit Phase II
2013-08 Flats at West Village $487,490.59 Ambling University Development Group and

Riverbend Development

2012-07 Pavilion at North Grounds $278,095.00 Peak Campus Development 230-unit Phase I

FY2018

Riverbend Development agreed to pay $100,000 in installments for the 24 homes in the Water Street Promenade PUD. The payments for the first 11 homes, totaling $45,883.26, were received December 12, 2017.[8]

Cedars Court Apartments contributed $42,407.62 in February 2018 for its special use permit approved by City Council on December 5, 2016.[9]

FY2017

The Standard contributed $664,776.63 in December 2016.[10]

On April 17, 2017, Council agreed to spend $240,000 from the fund on a request from the Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust to purchase four lots on Nassau Street. The plan is to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build affordable units. [11]

FY2016

In May 2016, Council accepted $200,000 from the developers of the Marriott Residence Inn, with a note for the remaining $100,000 payable next year.[12]

The Uncommon contributed $331,450.68 in November 2015.[13]

FY2015

The Pavilion at North Grounds contributed $59,522.31 for its 70-unit Phase II.[14]

FY2014

The Flats at West Village, previously known as the Plaza on West Main, contributed $487,490.59 in August 2013.[15][16]

FY2013

Council voted to allocate $271,000 to pay for construction of a facility for City of Promise and also agreed to pay for costs associated with accepting lots on 8th Street from Habitat for Humanity for green space. Dave Norris voted against this use saying it was not a good use of the housing fund [17]

The Pavilion at North Grounds contributed $278,095 for its 230-unit Phase I.[18]

FY2012

Projects funded

  • $140,000 to purchase two properties on 8th Street NW in advance of CRHA redevelopment [19]

FY2010

Projects funded in FY2010

For FY2010, Council appropriated $1 million to the fund. On July 20, 2009, Council made the following allocations[20]:

  • $225,000 to VSH to complete City’s $500,000 commitment
  • $100,000 to pay for the second year of the Housing Leader position
  • $100,000 to pay for AHIP’s housing rehabilitation project

FY2009

Projects funded

In FY2009, the City Council appropriated $1.4 million to the Charlottesville Housing Fund. On May 18, 2009 Council made the following allocations:

On July 6, 2009, Council reduced the allocation for AHIP by $144,637. That money was transferred to Habitat for Humanity. On July 20, 2009, the Council made the following allocations:

  • An additional $150,000 for Virginia Supportive Housing (SRO)
  • $100,000 to Region Ten for rent subsidies and counseling
  • An additional $20,000 for HOME Match
  • $50,000 for the Charlottesville Community Foundation and Piedmont Housing Alliance for down payment assistance
  • $50,000 to help AHIP pay for emergency repairs
  • $2,143 to Region Ten for cover a shortage from FY08
  • $85,000 for Small Rehab/Handicap Access
  • An additional $20,000 to pay for the City’s new housing position
  • $25,000 for utility work for EcoMod4 being built on Elliot Avenue
  • $2,000 to pay for Housing Advisory Committee meeting expenses [20]

Use

CHARLOTTESVILLE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUND Amount Housing Units Assisted
2007/08
Dogwood Housing purchase & preservation of affordable rental units (loan not grant) 850,000.00 57
Piedmont Housing Alliance - Monticello Vista purchase and preservation 200,000.00 50
CCDC Energy Efficiency Housing Audits 35,000.00
Habitat for Humanity (construction of 10 new homes) 220,000.00 10
Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP) Housing Rehabilitation Program 279,000.00 10
Piedmont Housing Alliance - Virnita Court Apartments rental property preservation 169,000.00 16
Piedmont Housing Alliance Workforce Housing Fund / Down payment Assistance & Closing Costs 150,000.00 8
Piedmont Housing Alliance - renovation of historic property at 223 4th Street SW with accessory unit addition 50,000.00
JABA Homeshare Study 15,000.00
CRHA Strategic Planning for Redevelopment 210,000.00
Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) rehab of Mitchell House Facility and Rental Subsidy 35,113.00
Region 10 –Step Up Pilot Rent Subsidy Initiative for Mentally Impaired / Substance Abuse Individuals 235,887.00
Habitat for Humanity Proposals 1 -3 200,000.00 11
SUBTOTAL 2,649,000.00 162
2008/09
Virginia Supportive Housing Single Room Occupancy Development (broken out by pro-rata share of funding. 41 units claimed with funding from 09/10 & 10/11) 347,000.00 19
AHIP Emergency Housing Rehabilitation 50,000.00 39
AHIP Small Homeowner Rehab / Handicap Access Program (assisted units are included with the 39 shown under the AHIP Emergency Housing Repair program) 85,000.00
AHIP Housing Rehabilitation Program 30,363.00 2
Piedmont Housing Alliance Foreclosure Prevention Program 20,000.00 2
Habitat for Humanity LEED Duplex at Paton Street 144,637.00 2
Habitat for Humanity - ecoMOD #4 Utility Connections (104 Elliott Avenue) 10,000.00 1
CRHA Master Planning with PHAR 100,000.00
608 Ridge Street ecoREMOD House 100,000.00 1
TJACH Start-up cost related to First Street Church Homeless Shelter (a.k.a. the Haven) 12,500.00
Habitat for Humanity Paton Street Neighborhood Infrastructure 100,000.00 27
Piedmont Housing Alliance Monticello Vista Apartment (acquisition and rehab) 50,000.00
Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust - startup expenses 15,000.00
HOME program match 140,000.00
Habitat for Humanity - ecoMOD #4 Site Improvements 25,000.00
Housing Advisory Committee Related Expenses (e.g., meals) 1,688.85
Region 10 - Step Up (Year 2) Rent Subsidy Initiative for Mentally Impaired / Substance Abuse Individuals 100,000.00
Habitat for Humanity - ecoMOD 4 Site Work at 104 Elliott Avenue 26,000.00
Region 10 –Step Up Pilot Rent Subsidy Initiative for Mentally Impaired / Substance Abuse Individuals 2,143.00
Piedmont Housing Alliance Down payment Assistance Program 50,000.00 9
Charlottesville Free Paint Program (note funds not used carry forward and units assisted are shown in correct fiscal year) 25,000.00 16
SUBTOTAL 1,434,331.85 118
2009/10
AHIP Housing Rehabilitation Program 100,000.00 3
Virginia Supportive Housing Single Room Occupancy Development (broken out by pro-rata share of funding. 20 units claimed with funding from 08/09 & 10/11) 723,000.00 40
PHAR Bama Works Grant Matching Funds 25,000.00
LPDA Design Concept for Elliott Avenue 5,049.00
Virginia State Neighborhood Conference 500
HOME extra program match 31,875.40
Charlottesville Free Paint Program (assisted units shown by year utilizing remaining funds from prior allocation) 0 18
SUBTOTAL 885,424.40 61
2010/11
HOME Match 40,000.00
Elliott Avenue Subdivision Survey - Southside MMM 3,850.00
Elliott Avenue Design Charrette 5,000.00
AHIP Emergency Housing Repair 50,000.00 26
Housing Conditions & Land Use Survey 39,622.93
ecoREMOD – 608 Ridge Street (includes storm windows & sewer repair) 138,837.75
AHIP Housing Rehabilitation 100,000.00 2
Elliott Avenue Site Work & Environmental Testing Work 6,140.15
Habitat for Humanity Sunrise Development (land purchase and predevelopment expenses for homes at the Sunrise Development) 400,000.00 32
ASG Rental Subsidies for Persons with HIV/AIDS 15,000.00
PHAR Match for Bama Works Grant 25,000.00
PHA Down payment Assessment Program 40,000.00 12
Virginia Supportive Housing Single Room Occupancy Development (broken out by pro-rata share of funding. 59 units claimed with funding from 08/09 & 09/10) 23,560.12 1
Charlottesville Free Paint Program (note funds not used carry forward and units assisted are shown in correct fiscal year) 15,000.00 35
Administrative & Other Expenses 44,486.73
SUBTOTAL 946,497.68 73
2011/12
Housing Planner Salary & Benefits - Transfer to General Fund 89,179.00
JABA Timberlake Acquisition (initial funding) 500,000.00 26
Habitat Paton Street Acquisition/Build - Region 10 & Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust Units 685,000.00 3
JABA Timberlake Acquisition (supplemental funding) 117,000.00
JABA Market Study Sunrise 10,500.00
Building Goodness - Assistance with Building Goodness in April Event 20,000.00
AHIP Emergency Housing Repair 50,000.00 29
AHIP Housing Rehabilitation 120,000.00 6
Habitat and AHIP Build a Block Planning Funds 35,000.00
Habitat Down Payment Assistance Program for Sunrise Development (32 affordable units shown with 10/11 land purchase and predevelopment assistance) 15,000.00
CALM- Planning Grant for 991 5th Street S.W. (property to be used for Harmony Ridge development) 11,000.00
Section 3 Coordinator Salary & Benefits 25,000.00
Acquisition of Properties at 8th Street N.W. adjacent to Westhaven through Habitat for Humanity 140,000.00
8th Street N.W. adjacent to Westhaven - extra closing costs 3,000.00
Motivation Inc. Section 3 training 2,499.00
Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust - Cleveland Ave Site Preparation 5,700.00 2
8th Street N.W. Demolition of Houses at 204 and 210 8th St N.W. 15,650.00
Virginia Supportive Housing - Crossings at 4th & Preston Housing Vouchers 45,500.00
CRHA Administration - Crossings at 4th & Preston Housing Vouchers 4,536.76
Charlottesville Free Paint Program (assisted units shown by year utilizing remaining funds from prior allocation) 0 48
Administrative Expenses 25,824.42
SUBTOTAL 1,920,389.18 114
2012/13
Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority Administrative Support 100,000.00
PHAR - Match for Bama Works 25,000.00
Virginia Supportive Housing - Crossings at 4th & Preston Housing Vouchers 156,492.00
CRHA Administration - Crossings at 4th & Preston Housing Vouchers 17,617.32
Promise Neighborhood Architectural Design for 210 8th Street N.W. 20,000.00
AHIP Emergency Housing Repair (includes both $50K and $100K allocations) 150,000.00 55
AHIP Housing Rehabilitation 200,000.00 23
HOME Match 58,000.00
Section 3 Coordinator Salary & Benefits 55,000.00
Habitat for Humanity Belmont Cottages 300,000.00 6
AHIP Block By Block Charlottesville (BXBC) Project 400,000.00 12
MACAA Hope House Program Expenses 40,000.00
Charlottesville Free Paint Program (assisted units shown by year utilizing remaining funds from prior allocation) 0 16
Administrative Expenses 30,000.00
SUBTOTAL 1,552,109.32 100
2013/14
Virginia Supportive Housing - Crossings at 4th & Preston Housing Vouchers 87,121.00 5
CRHA Administration - Crossings at 4th & Preston Housing Vouchers 15,416.01
CRHA Playground Equipment Purchase 100,000.00
HOME Match 16,712.00
AHIP Housing Rehabilitation (includes two separate $200K allocations) 400,000.00 10
AHIP Emergency Housing Repair (includes two separate $100K allocations) 200,000.00 49
Building Goodness Foundation - Block by Block Charlottesville (BXBC) Project 8,500.00
AHIP Block By Block Charlottesville (BXBC) Project 550,000.00 9
CALM/Habitat for Humanity/PHA 991 5th Street S.W. Development 350,000.00 8
HOME Match 20,000.00
Charlottesville Free Paint Program (note funds not used carry forward and units assisted are shown in correct fiscal year) 5,000.00 6
SUBTOTAL 1,752,749.01 87
2014/15
Repayment of HOME funds used for 405 Avon St. purchase (CRHA Garage) 37,425.00
Rhodeside & Harwell, RCLCO Housing Study 62,000.00
CRHA Reserve Account 264,999.00
CRHA Modernization Coordinator 35,000.00
Virginia Supportive Housing - Rental Assistance for the Crossings 150,000.00
TJACH Spring for Housing - Short Term Rental Subsidy for the SURGE 105,000.00
AHIP Block by Block Charlottesville (BXBC) Planning Assistance 22,029.00
AHIP Emergency Repair Program Assistance 75,000.00 44
Piedmont Housing Alliance - Carlton Views LIHTC Project Assistance (only half of 54 units claims as additional funds provided in FY 15/16) 475,000.00 27
Piedmont Housing Alliance - Orangedale & Prospect DPA Program 181,125.00 10
Charlottesville Free Paint Program (assisted units shown by year utilizing remaining funds from prior allocation) 0 17
Administration 1% Reserve/Set Aside 18,560.37
SUBTOTAL 1,426,138.37 98
2015/16
Piedmont Housing Alliance - Carlton Views LIHTC Project Assistance (only half of 54 units claims as additional funds provided in FY 14/15) 475,000.00 27
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville - DPA for High/Mixed Income Scattered Site Area 225,000.00 10
AHIP Scattered Site Rehabilitation 264,000.00 8
AHIP Block by Block Charlottesville (BXBC) 10th & Page Phase 2 264,000.00 7
AHIP BXBC Orangedale & Prospect Phase 1 462,000.00 19
AHIP Emergency Repair Program Assistance 100,000.00 48
Design Develop - ADU Workbook 4,950.00
Piedmont Housing Alliance - Friendship Court Pre-development Planning 350,000.00
CDBG Repayment to HUD for Disallowed Cost 4,600.00
Charlottesville Free Paint Program (assisted units shown by year utilizing remaining funds from prior allocation) 0 15
Administration 1% Reserve/Set Aside 19,173.01
SUBTOTAL 2,168,723.01 134
2016/17
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville Project 20 480,000.00 16
Virginia Organizing 264,464.00 10
AHIP Scattered Site Rehabilitation 80,023.74 3
AHIP Block by Block Charlottesville (BXBC) 10th & Page Phase 2 128,704.00 3
AHIP BXBC Orangedale & Prospect Phase 1 147,922.18 4
AHIP Neediest Case Scattered Site Rehabilitation 165,000.00 2
AHIP Neediest Case Emergency Repair Program 55,000.00 2
Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust Nassau Street Project 240,000.00 4
SUBTOTAL 1,561,113.92 44
2017/18 (estimated)
Carlton Views II 1,440,000.00 48
Community Services Housing 612,500.00 35
AHIP Scattered Site Rehabilitation 803,666.00 22
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville Project 20 480,000.00 16
Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority - Charlottesville Supplemental Rental Assistance Program 900,000.00 79
Charlottesville Landlord Risk Reduction Fund 75,000.00 39
SUBTOTAL 4,311,166.00 239
TOTAL 20,552,642.74 1,136

External Links

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References

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