Opportunity to advocate for affordable housing!!!

The RST rezoning is going before the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors this Wednesday evening, the 15th. If approved, it will allow 190 affordable homes for 30 years between 30-80% Area Median Income (average of 60% AMI).
The development will have 332 homes total on 19.5 acres on 29 North near Forest Lakes and Hollymead. It includes 254 apartments, 190 of which will be affordable (via Low Income Housing Tax Credit funding). The remaining units will be market priced townhomes.
This proposal was recommended for approval by the County Planning Commission 6-1 on June 15th. There has been significant opposition to this project from Forest Lakes residents. You can read more about that meeting here dailyprogress.com/news/local/gov…
If you would like to dive deep into this project, here is a link to the relevant reports on the county’s website: albemarle.legistar.com/LegislationDet…
This is a great project that would provide badly needed affordable housing in Albemarle County. Please take a minute to email the Board of Supervisors to express support for this development: bos@albemarle.org
The public hearing for this rezoning is scheduled to occur around 6pm Wednesday (tomorrow). To speak during public comment, this link will take you to ways to participate: albemarle.org/Home/Component…

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15 Sep
A question that keeps coming up is whether Charlottesville has a housing crisis.

We think the answer is yes & that it extends beyond very low income residents. Here is a chart from Albemarle County showing jobs that do not make a “housing wage,” such as teacher & electrician. Image
What is a housing wage? It’s how much someone working full time needs to made to afford a 2 bedroom apartment. In Albemarle County in 2019, it was around $24-25 an hour, more than most people working in the county make. Image
This information is provided in this easy to follow presentation albemarle.org/home/showpubli…
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People who care about their views more than their neighbors sometimes argue that there's no housing affordability crisis, despite all available evidence. Let's talk about some of that evidence!
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