September 2021
Your monthly update from
Piedmont Housing Alliance

In observance of Labor Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2021.
Have a safe holiday.
"quote regarding FOC” – Dave Norris
Like no time before, the past 18 months have shown us all just how important our homes are. Speaking from personal experience, I’ve spent more time at home during the course of the pandemic than in the past 20 years combined, or so it seems. The stability and security that my home has provided my family during this public health crisis has been vital; but stable housing hasn’t always been a constant in my life, and the same is true for far too many of our neighbors across the region and the state.
Grant funding for early learning, community center at
Friendship Court - CBS 19 News Reports

The Piedmont Housing Alliance has received a major grant to support the construction of an Early Learning and Community Center at Friendship Court.

According to a release, the Early Childhood Funders Network of Charlottesville and Albemarle announced the $667,000 grant.
Planning Commission discusses proposed Park Street Christian Church housing project, addresses community concerns

Park Street Christian Church has partnered with the Piedmont Housing Alliance to build approximately 50 affordable apartments for seniors on the church’s property.

Bruce Wardell, president of BRW Architects and lead architect for the project, led the presentation, which discussed the scope of the project and addressed concerns raised at a community forum on Aug. 10. The Planning Commission did not take a vote, but provided advice and discussed the vitality of the project proposal.
Our New Financial Opportunity Center (FOC)
Stay tuned for news of our upcoming grand opening celebration!

We are excited to share new services for Charlottesville and the surrounding community. We have officially moved into office space in the heart of Charlotteville at 806 East High Street to establish the Charlottesville region’s first LISC Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) with a Housing Hub. The FOC is designed to catalyze economic transformation for lower-income families and is guided by voices from our community.

At this one-stop location, community members will be connected to employment and career counseling, financial coaching, financial resources such as income supports, and other assistance through an integrated model. Increased financial stability is a priority in the neighborhoods we serve, and this innovative approach will prepare individuals for the workplace and beyond. 

We are thankful to our partners who will also provide services at the FOC:

Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless 
Legal Aid Justice Center 
Habitat for Humanity 
Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority 
International Rescue Committee 
Monticello Area Community Action Agency 
United Way of Greater Charlottesville 
University of Virginia Mini Medical School now accepting applications

Community members, retirees, UVA employees, and students are welcome to apply for this fun and enriching program which will be held on Wednesdays
Sept. 8 - Oct. 20, 6:30 pm -9 pm, in the state-of-the-art Claude Moore Medical Education Building! UVA School of Medicine faculty will lecture and answer questions on topics such as anatomy, diabetes, hypertension, medical research, and more! Tuition is free, there are no exams, and participants receive a certificate of attendance. To apply, or find more information, please visit: Questions? Contact Cathy Bowers 434-243-1007 and let her know you were referred by this newsletter. :-)
Congratulations! to our Executive Director, Sunshine Mathon for being selected as the 2021 Game Changer Award recipient by the Virginia Housing Alliance!

The 2021 Awards Ceremony theme, "Affordable Housing Solutionists," is designed to spotlight those in the housing field who address challenges through innovative problem-solving approaches, creative uses of financing tools, sustainable program design, and excellence in service delivery.
The VHA Annual Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, October 1, 2021, from 12 pm - 2pm. You may secure a free ticket here (scroll down page to Register)
Down Payment Assistance Webinars

September 14th 11:00 am

September 20th 5:30 pm

Each month you (and your network) are invited to join us and learn about the 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. These webinars are mandatory for new clients applying to the down payment loan program and
VIDA program. 

We could not do the life-changing work that lifts up so many without the generosity of our donors.
Please consider a donation today.
Thank you.
In the Community
On Saturday, August 28th, staff and friends were guests of The Ix Art Park Foundation at their Soul of Cville Festival in Partnership with 101.3 JAMZ, Chic and Classy Image Consulting, and Black Women of Central Virginia.
It was a great day had by all.
We would like to thank Alex Bryant, Associate Director of the IX Art Park Foundation, and
his team for providing us with a complimentary tent to advertise our programs
to the community.
Upcoming Community Events
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September 7, 2021 - 1 pm - 3 pm

More information contact: Tiffany Davie, Economic Opportunity Coordinator
Discover Black Cville & Albemarle
Melissa Etheridge: Benefit Concert for Charlottesville Free Clinic
 Location: Ting Pavilion
Would you like a chance to Win Tickets?