COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Add representative from Habitat for Humanity to Committee
Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, White
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
August 6, 2008
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The Albemarle County Housing Committee was established by the Board of Supervisors on October 10, 1990 to “provide advice and guidance to the Board of Supervisors on housing issues in furtherance of the County’s goal to promote a variety of safe, sanitary and affordable housing types for Albemarle County residents of all income groups.”
The Committee was created to consist of at least nine members appointed by the Board of Supervisors to represent certain stakeholders including representatives from the Charlottesville Housing Foundation (Piedmont Housing Alliance-PHA) and the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP).
By June 30, 2010, working in partnership with others, increase affordable housing opportunities for those who work and/or live in Albemarle County.
The Habitat for Humanity executive director often attends Housing Committee meetings and at the July meeting requested that Habitat be considered for membership on the Committee. Due to a lack of a quorum, the Housing Committee did not formally vote on the matter; however, the five members in attendance indicated a desire to support this request. Over the past several years, the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity has expanded its mission as demonstrated by its purchase of two mobile home parks including Southwood Mobile Home Park in the County. The original list of members of the Housing Committee included a representative from the “Housing Coalition.” Because this organization no longer exists, it can logically be replaced by Habitat for Humanity to recognize the importance of this stakeholder in the affordable housing discussion.
Staff recommends that the Board amend the composition of the Housing Committee to allow a representative of Habitat for Humanity to serve in this capacity as indicated in Attachment A. As with PHA and AHIP, staff recommends that a Board member of Habitat for Humanity be appointed rather than staff.
Attachment A—Housing Committee Fact Sheet
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