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Housing Advisory Committee Looks at Ways to Meet Affordable Housing Needs

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Affordable housing is an ongoing need for some people in Charlottesville.

The Housing Advisory Committee met on Friday, October 12, to discuss some ways to put more roofs over heads.

The committee narrowed down the list to six topics - existing conditions, defining affordability, growth, anti-displacement, land use and zoning, and financing.

Now that the categories are selected, the Housing Advisory Committee would like to have work sessions with City Council.

One of the members on the Housing Advisory Board says affordable housing has been down quite a bit since 2011.

"Since 2011, the price of housing in Charlottesville has gone up 42 percent but wages haven't gone up 42 percent,” Ridge Schuyler of the HAC said. “So hard-working people trying to get in the middle class and are having the goalpost moved on them, so we need to figure out a way to get people housing that they can afford on the incomes that they earn and so the topics we discussed today are what strategies can we develop and implement in our city that provide housing people can afford."

The Housing Advisory Committee would like to have work sessions with City Council every two months until a strategy plan is made.