Deputy City Manager for Operations Sam Sanders asked City Council Monday to define what it considers affordable housing, measure how much is available, and track the effectiveness of the money it spends.
“I think the idea of having places to gather and green spaces with trees will be good for me and my neighbors,” said South First Street resident Estephany Kepchar.
“You can’t invest in housing without also investing in schools,” said Shymora Cooper. “The same kids that need housing are the same kids that are going to the schools that need the money.”
“What I think redlining and all of these nefarious urban planning decisions from the past show us is that decisions that we make can reverberate for a hundred years or more,” said Jeremy Hoffman, a researcher at the Science Museum of Virginia.
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“One thing that has never been that great in Charlottesville or Albemarle is, there are no places for people like me,” said Angela Durrer, a former mobile home park resident. “I don’t make that much money in a year, and even still, affordable housing over there, there is none.”
During a public hearing Monday night, the city housing authority voted to issue up to $23 million in revenue bonds to the new owner of Midway Manor, who has pledged to maintain the long-term affordability of the building’s 98 units. It won’t cost the city a dime.
If the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority helps finance repairs with revenue bonds, it could also require the building to continue to be affordable. Community members and residents can express their views at a virtual public hearing on Monday at 6 p.m.
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The city expects to finish a draft ordinance and begin soliciting public comment by April.