Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund
The Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund (CAHF) was established in 2007 to assist city residents in finding affordable housing. 
- 1 Origins
- 2 Contributions
- 3 Use
- 4 External Links
- 5 References
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. 
Norris called the program his "first major legislative proposal." At the time it was known as the Charlottesville Affordable Housing Investment Program (CAHIP). 
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. 
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, 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.
List of developer contributions
|2018-05||The Kenilworth||$75,779.68||Neighborhood Properties|
|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|
|2012-07||Pavilion at North Grounds||$278,095.00||Peak Campus Development||230-unit Phase I|
Virginia Supportive Housing received $670,000 in CAHF funding for the Crossings II project at 405 Levy Avenue and 405 Avon Street but agreed to return the money after deciding to postpone the project for another year. 
The Albemarle Housing Improvement Program received $42,000 of a $600,000 request.
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.
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. 
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 
- $140,000 to purchase two properties on 8th Street NW in advance of CRHA redevelopment 
Projects funded in FY2010
For FY2010, Council appropriated $1 million to the fund. On July 20, 2009, Council made the following allocations:
- $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
In FY2009, the City Council appropriated $1.4 million to the Charlottesville Housing Fund. On May 18, 2009 Council made the following allocations:
- $100,000 for Public Housing Association of Residents
- $50,000 to pay for a new housing position in City government
- $100,000 for 608 Ridge Street project
- $120,000 for HOME Match
- $125,000 to help Virginia Supportive Housing purchase land for SRO facility
- $50,000 for Piedmont Housing Alliance for Monticello Vista project
- $20,000 to Piedmont Housing Alliance to pay for foreclosure assistance
- $15,000 for the Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust
- $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity to pay for infrastructure
- $175,000 to the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP) to pay for rehabilitation work
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 
- Portland State University’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Cohort program (2018). Total cost of the City’s participation, $30,000.00.
- In September 2018, two representatives from the TJPDC attended the program kick-off Portland State University ADU Program in Portland, Oregon; cost of room and board during that trip, as well as other miscellaneous costs associated with program participation, $5,000.00. 
|CHARLOTTESVILLE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUND||Amount||Housing Units Assisted|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Charlottesville Free Paint Program (note funds not used carry forward and units assisted are shown in correct fiscal year)||5,000.00||6|
|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|
|Administration 1% Reserve/Set Aside||18,560.37|
|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|
|Administration 1% Reserve/Set Aside||19,173.01|
|Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville Project 20||480,000.00||16|
|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|
|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|
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