Deadline Nears for Albemarle Residents Waiting on HUD Vouchers

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The Crossings apartment complex The Crossings apartment complex

Federal red tape could force formerly homeless people from Albemarle County back out on the streets. County supervisors are seeking answers from Richmond and Washington to avoid evicting people they promised to help.

Albemarle supervisors have funded rent for seven formerly homeless people to live at The Crossings at Fourth and Preston in Charlottesville since September. Housing Choice Vouchers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development - or HUD - were supposed to cover that cost. But the county says HUD's Richmond office stalled requests to get three waivers for requirements needed for projects like The Crossings.

The county can't give out those rent vouchers until HUD makes a move, and taxpayer funds run out August 31.

"Seven people could be back out on the street - which nobody wants to see. But, it boils down to is the county going to commit more local funds to cover what we all recognize as a federal responsibility," said Ron White, Albemarle County chief of housing.  

The bureaucratic tangle has cost taxpayers around $49,000 so far.

At their meeting Wednesday morning, Albemarle County supervisors decided to send a letter to HUD's deputy secretary in Washington requesting help to get these waivers passed on from the Richmond office before the county's money runs out at the end of August. 

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