The city of Charlottesville is creating a housing strategy to encourage the construction of homes that are affordable to households with incomes ranging from extreme poverty to the middle class. To help inform the strategy, the group sponsored a free summit on the topic as part of this week’s Tom Tom Founders Festival in collaboration with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission.
DRAFT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: The DRAFT five-year update of the Consolidated Plan for Program Years 2018 to 2022 and the Action Plan for the 18-19 Program Year is available for review and comment by the public. You may also request the plan in hard-copy form by contacting Tierra Howard, City of Charlottesville, (434) 970-3093, or Billie Campbell, TJPDC, (434) 422-4822. Comments on the Draft Consolidated Plan will be accepted through April 27, 2018.
Thomas Jefferson Regional HOME Consortium
TJPDC operates the Thomas Jefferson Regional HOME Consortium, the first regional consortium in the Commonwealth. This program provides $500,000-1,000,000 per year for housing rehabilitation or new construction for qualifying families in the region. The TJPDC staff prepares the Annual Consolidated Plan for housing in cooperation with City of Charlottesville staff and administers funding to the City and six non-profit corporations.
The Consortium was established in 1993 through a Cooperation Agreement among our six member localities. The six member jurisdictions of the Consortium are the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and the city of Charlottesville. We are an entitlement Consortium for federal HOME funds aimed at assisting low and moderate income citizens with housing needs. The chief implementing agency for each locality is as follows:
- Albemarle County: Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP);
- City of Charlottesville: Charlottesville Housing and Redevelopment Authority and AHIP;
- Fluvanna County: Fluvanna Housing Foundation;
- Greene County: Skyline Community Action Program;
- Louisa County: Louisa Housing Foundation
- Nelson County: Nelson County Community Development Foundation
Each agency carries out housing rehabilitation, rental rehabilitation, new construction, acquisition efforts and assistance to first time homebuyers within each locality. They are experienced in all aspects of these housing programs and have the endorsement of each local government and have boards comprised of local citizens.
The HOME program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As an entitlement Consortium, we receive funds annually, with the amount varying from year to year based on the Congressional allocation. The City of Charlottesville acts as the lead local government for the Consortium but contracts with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District for the overall administration of the program. The City also receives entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds – also administered by HUD – and for many requirements HOME and CDBG are the same.
Regular HOME Program funds are shared equally among the six member jurisdictions, with a specific 15% set- aside for larger scale projects undertaken by Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), rotating over a six year cycle in each jurisdiction.
The Consolidated Plan serves to guide the use of federal funds allocated annually to create affordable housing for low-income households in our region. The plan evaluates housing needs that currently exist, takes stock of the resources available to meet these needs, and sets realistic goals for the future. The plan is updated on a five year cycle. The current plan covers years from 2013 through 2017, and includes the Annual Action Plan for 2013-2014.
Each year, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and the City of Charlottesville jointly prepare the Annual Action Plan, with assistance from members of the Thomas Jefferson HOME Consortium. The TJPDC serves as the administrator for the HOME Consortium. The City of Charlottesville is the administrator for the CDBG entitlement funds. The Consolidated Plan and the Annual Action Plan guide the use of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in the City of Charlottesville and federal HOME funds in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District (City of Charlottesville and counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson).