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Housing Advisory Committee Meets to Address Affordable Housing

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The Charlottesville Housing Advisory Committee met on Tuesday to discuss affordable housing. The Charlottesville Housing Advisory Committee met on Tuesday to discuss affordable housing.
The committee held a joint meeting with City Council last week. The committee held a joint meeting with City Council last week.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Following a joint meeting with City Council, the Charlottesville Housing Advisory Committee is working to make progress on addressing affordable housing needs in the city.

The strategy and outreach subcommittee of the Charlottesville Housing Advisory Committee met on Tuesday to address concerns brought up by Charlottesville City Council members during last week's joint work session.

During the joint meeting, the groups discussed the data gap assessment which determined Charlottesville needs thousands of new affordable housing units. Tuesday, members of the committee said they need to readdress the goals of the community more quickly and thoroughly to include people from all backgrounds.

"For a long time, historically almost all the time, a lot of folks in this community have not had their voices heard or be part of the process as it relates to planning, as it relates to where houses go, as it relates to the income divide in the city,” said Sunshine Mathon of the Housing Advisory Committee. “We need to have a process moving forward on engaging those voices."

The committee also discussed bringing in a consultant to help organize community outreach efforts.  

The next step for the Housing Advisory Committee is to create a new budget to be reviewed by City Council at its next meeting on September 17.