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]


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]


In addition to taxpayer dollars, the fund also receives money from developers. Since 2012, the fund has received over $2 million in contributions according to city housing coordinator Stacy Pethia. [5]


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. [6]


In May 2016, Council accepted $200,000 from the developers of the Marriott Residence Inn. [7]


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 [8]


Projects funded

  • $140,000 to purchase two properties on 8th Street NW in advance of CRHA redevelopment [9]


Projects funded in FY2010

For FY2010, Council appropriated $1 million to the fund. On July 20, 2009, Council made the following allocations[10]:

  • $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


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 [10]

External Links

official website


  1. Web. Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund, Government Website, City of Charlottesville, City of Charlottesville, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  2. Web. Is affordable housing available in “The best place to live in America”?, Fania Gordon, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 13, 2009, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  3. Web. [CAHIP, Dave Norris, Blog post, Dave Norris, December 4, 2006, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  4. Web. City Council debates options for investing affordable housing money, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 25, 2008, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  5. E-mail. Stacy Pethia, Housing Coordinator, City of Charlottesville. "affordable housing ordinance." Message to Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow. July 6, 2017.
  6. Web. Council grants $240,000 in funding for four land trust homes, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 17, 2017, retrieved December 28, 2017.
  7. Web. [Charlottesville housing receives funding from new Marriott], Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 2, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  8. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, May 20, 2013.
  9. Web. [ Allocation of Charlottesville Housing Funds Towards the Purchase of Properties on 8th Street and Page St. - $140,000], Kathy McHugh, City of Charlottesville, October 3, 2011, retrieved September 30, 2011.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Web. City Council allocates nearly $1 million to affordable housing projects; SRO project has received total of $500,000 from City, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, July 22, 2009, retrieved January 2, 2017.