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housesThe TJPDC works with local government agencies and non-profit organizations to coordinate local initiatives on housing to develop effective and efficient solutions to our region’s housing needs. As part of our coordination work we host and staff monthly meetings of the regional Housing Directors Council.

The TJPDC initiated and administers the HOME Consortium, manages USDA Rural Development funds for Housing Preservation, and serves on the Governing Board for the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless (TJACH) and on the Board for the Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust (TJCLT). The TJPDC is also a regional partner with Housing Virginia. As part of its partnership with Housing Virginia, the TJPDC developed the Homesharing and Accessory Dwelling Units Resource Guide for Local Governments.

HOME Action Plan for 2016-17 Available for Comment

Each year, the TJPDC is allocated funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for housing projects carried out through the Charlottesville HOME Consortium. The Consortium was established in 1993 through TJPDC work with all six localities in the region. By coming together our region is entitled to funds that no locality would receive on their own.

From 1993 through 2015, HOME Consortium funds have exceeded $18 million. For the coming year, July 1, 2016 to June 3, 2017, the region will receive $465,662. The Action Plan for 16-17 must be submitted to HUD by May 15, 2016 to indicate the planned use of HOME funds in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District (City of Charlottesville and counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson) and for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding of $371,309 in the City of Charlottesville.

Click to view the Draft Action Plan. Comments on the plan can be sent to bcampbell@tjpdc.org or howardti@charlottesville.org through April 22, 2016. A public hearing will be held on April 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in TJPDC’s Water Street Center, and at the Charlottesville City Council meeting on May 2 at 7:00 p.m.

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

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.

HOME Action Plan

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).

For additional information please contact Billie Campbell, (434) 422-4822 or email bcampbell@tjpdc.org