a 2BR apt in cville was $931 in 2011 and has risen 27% to nearly $1200/mo now.
“we feel a great sense of responsibility and urgency” to solve this crisis.
he says we can’t lose sight of the fact that “these are actual, real people” who are struggling
ms joy: “it does not house people.”
lisa robertson from the city atty’s office is advising them on possible modifications to the ordinance behind this policy.
lisa robertson: clarification is needed on what’s even meant by fees here
(is this enough money to change any developer’s mind??)
he reminds us that the real need is for people at the lower end of the spectrum. “the folks who need help the most require the most investment and we need to be ready for that.”
pending council action is the creation of a land bank. what does the city already own that they could put affordable housing on? what could the city buy?
“how do you activate the housing authority if it doesn’t have a credit rating?”
d’oronzio: there are things you can do to “juice that up” (i assume that means get around the underlying covenants somehow?)
“housing is a continuum, it’s a process.” he cites the gradations of homelessness.
rosensweig: “we want council to adopt a resolution to adopt a fuller range of qualitative needs into the housing needs assessment” ???
cville’s home ownership rate is half the national avg, but we don’t have racial breakdown on that data.