October 2021
Your monthly update from
Piedmont Housing Alliance
"quote regarding FOC” – Dave Norris
You're Invited to the Grand Opening of the
Financial Opportunity Center (FOC)
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
10 am - 11 am
806 East High Street in downtown Charlottesville.
Light Refreshments will be served.
Friendship Court Advisory Committee
meets on
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 6 pm
at the Friendship Court
Community Center

Regardless of vaccination status, ALL attendees must wear a face mask while inside of the Center.
Dinner will be available at the Center starting at 5:00 pm – outdoor seating will be available. Non-residents are required to use on-street parking on 6th or Monticello Street and not in resident parking spaces.
Thank you and we look forward to
seeing you.
Piedmont Housing Alliance hosted Afghan solidarity event on September 12th
"Piedmont Housing Alliance is coming together and invited city council members and other partner organizations... Ready Kids and others, to show support for the Afghan families,” said Sunshine Mathon
More than 30 Employers attend Career Fair hosted at
Friendship Court
Replay the Virginia Housing Alliance Annual Awards 2021
Click the picture above to view.
You will need to type your name,
at designation (type PHA)
At the 30:24 mark - Game Changer Award
31:11 mark - Sunshine accepts award.
7:45 mark, Keynote Speaker, Amanda Misiko Andere of Funders Together to End Homelessness exploded with a conversation about housing justice. Sunshine refers to her keynote as "Amazing!"
#HousingForAll - Salute!
Piedmont Community Land Trust
House for Sale
Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Piedmont CLT homeownership program is open to individuals, families, seniors — any homebuyer who is income-qualified (see above) and wants to live in the greater Charlottesville area. When thinking about your eligibility, you should consider your income and employment, as well as your credit history and savings. These are the factors a lender will consider when you apply for a mortgage. We recognize that homebuyers may be at different stages of the homebuyer process. 
We can help connect you to other community resources to assist you.
Across Virginia, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low-income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost-burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost-burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.
Check out the Housing Needs by State site for needs in Virginia.
Opportunity Starts at Home
Poll Reveals Strong Bipartisan Support for Action on Housing Affordability

The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign recently released the results of a national opinion poll revealing that the public is deeply concerned about the housing affordability crisis and favors decisive government action. The Tarrance Group, one of the most widely respected Republican strategic research and polling firms in the nation, conducted the poll on behalf of the campaign and found that nearly 9 in 10 (89%) respondents – including 76% of Republicans – believe the role of government is important when it comes to making sure there is enough affordable housing.

Criminal Justice Forum
Monday, October 25, 2:00 pm, Register to attend Zoom meeting

The Presbytery of the James is sponsoring this online forum where Rev. Jamar A. Boyd II with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Valerie Slater with Rise for Youth will speak about Virginia's political dynamics with an eye toward January 2022's
General Assembly.
Stimulus Payments, Other Programs Kept Millions of People Out of Poverty
in 2020

A set of three reports from the United States Census Bureau—Income and Poverty in the United States: 2020, Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2020, and The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2020—examine trends in household income and the important effects of social welfare programs in 2020. Median household income fell from $69,560 in 2019 to $67,521 in 2020. Using the official poverty rate, the number of people in poverty increased by 3.3 million, representing a one percentage point increase to a rate of 11.4%. At the same time, the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), which incorporates post-tax transfers and government programs that assist low-income families, fell: the poverty rate for 2020 using the SPM was 9.1%, 2.6 percentage points lower than in 2019. This divergence reflects the extent to which stimulus payments, Social Security, refundable tax credits, housing subsidies, and other federal aid succeeded at keeping millions of people out of poverty.


Down Payment Assistance
October 12 - 5:30-6:30 pm
October 12 - 12 pm - 1 pm

Prep for Homeownership Series 
Working with a Lender – October 11th - 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Register Here! for any of the workshops.
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Thank you.
Did You Know?
If you are an employee of the State of Virginia, you can give directly to Piedmont Housing Alliance through the Virginia State Employee Assistance Fund? You can even make your own fundraising page. Click to learn more or contact Simone Joye, Director of Development at (434) 806-4021 or via email.