TJPDC Awards $1.8 Million for Development of 160 Affordable Housing Units

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) would like to announce the award of $1.8 million in grant funding from Virginia Housing to three affordable housing developers to include, the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority (CRHA), Habitat for Humanity (Great Charlottesville, Fluvanna, and Piedmont), and Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH).  The 160 new affordable units will be developed across the planning district, to include units in the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. Affordable housing developments that will receive grant support include Virginia Supportive Housing’s Premier Circle permanent supportive housing development, Habitat for Humanity’s scattered-site affordable homeownership initiative, and Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s South First Street affordable rental unit development.

“We are thrilled to announce development partners for our affordable housing development initiative. Each project has unique strengths that contribute to the critical need for affordable housing in our region. Ensuring development in each locality in the planning district represents the TJPDC’s commitment to addressing housing as a regional issue,” said Christine Jacobs, Executive Director of the TJPDC. “We are particularly grateful for our continued partnership with Virginia Housing and for their commitment to support affordable housing solutions throughout the Commonwealth and in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District. We look forward to working with our partners and to continuing our partnership with Virginia Housing in the future.”

TJPDC staff identified development partners through a multi-step process. Potential partners completed and submitted a Proof of Concept. The Proof of Concept collected key details about the proposed projects, including type of construction, location, cost, development timeline, and other details critical for staff to make an informed recommendation on funding allocations. After careful review and deliberation with Virginia Housing on eligibility, staff identified three projects that met the criteria. Completed applications were reviewed by a panel of qualified affordable housing development experts to analyze each project’s finances, feasibility, and ability to deliver units by June 2024. The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission approved a resolution identifying project partners at its April 7th meeting. 

The following is a breakdown of the number of units to be constructed in each locality: City of Charlottesville 54, Albemarle County 94, Louisa County 5, Fluvanna County 4, Nelson County 2, and Greene County 1.