August 2021
Your monthly update from
Piedmont Housing Alliance
"We are incredibly excited to be part of growing a powerful tool for our community.” – Sunshine Mathon
Piedmont Housing Alliance is joining forces with the Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust
Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust, now called the “Piedmont Community Land Trust” (PCLT)

Piedmont Housing Alliance and the newly re-named “Piedmont Community Land Trust” (previously TJCLT) share a focus on expanding affordable housing options in Charlottesville and the surrounding communities. This month, the two organizations are forming a strategic partnership to increase collective impact, with Piedmont Housing assuming the responsibilities for day-to-day operations and expanded project direction.

The spectrum of housing options in a community needs to include both affordable rental housing and affordable homeownership. As a team, Piedmont Housing and the Piedmont Community Land Trust will be able to meet the needs of more cost-burdened families in a region where housing costs continue to increase in contrast to median income. While Piedmont Housing has historically focused on affordable rental housing development, partnering with the Piedmont Community Land Trust provides an opportunity for low- and moderate-income residents to build equity through homeownership. 

Together, Piedmont Housing Alliance and the Piedmont Community Land Trust will increase their regional impact by connecting more residents with a variety of affordable housing options. Reflective of the compelling road ahead, the next 15 Land Trust homes are already underway at Spring Hill Village just south of Charlottesville in Albemarle County.
PHA receives foundation grant
We are thankful to the Perrigo Foundation for their $3,000 donation to our Strengthening Resident Services and Food Access Program.

Federal Eviction Moratorium Ended July 31
The expiration of the CDC's eviction moratorium brings new challenges to residents at risk

With the end of the federal eviction moratorium, our area is preparing for an increase in eviction filings. However, the end of the moratorium does not mean the end of assistance.

The statewide Rent Relief Program is still open to applications for assistance. Any rent owed from April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2021, is eligible for relief. Tenants or landlords can apply through the Department of Housing and Community Development website.
Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP) | DHCD

Equitable distribution of rental assistance throughout Virginia is a guiding principle of the Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP). Prioritization is given to households who are currently facing eviction, whose income is at or below 50% Average...

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There's more good news. The Charlottesville City Council voted on July 19th to fund an eviction prevention pilot program through the Legal Aid Justice Center. This program will provide money for some tenants to have legal representation during eviction proceedings.
City council votes to fund an eviction prevention pilot...

During Monday night's Charlottesville City Council meeting, all five councilors voted to fund an eviction prevention pilot program through Legal Aid Justice Center. It was just in time: The national eviction moratorium expires in just over a...

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Down Payment Assistance Webinars

August 17th from 12-12:45pm

August 30th from 5:30-6:15pm

Join Piedmont Housing Alliance to learn about the down payment assistance programs that we offer like our down payment loan program, the VIDA program and pre-purchase counseling! We encourage participants to ask questions about our programs and find out how they can work for you. Please attend this webinar if you are applying to the down payment loan program or VIDA program. This webinar is mandatory for new clients applying to the down payment loan program and VIDA program. 

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August 21
2021 Charlottesville Back to School Bash @ Ting Pavillion.
Join us for our annual Back to School Bash event. We will be giving away free school supplies and backpacks while they last. Parents must be present.

August 28-29