ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission is getting a $100,000 grant to help look at housing from a regional point of view.

The grant from the Virginia Housing Authority will help bring localities and organizations together and allow different localities to help one another. 

The Regional Housing Partnership will look at affordable housing needs and housing availability. It then hopes to create a plan to make things better within the next 12 months.

Data from Charlottesville shows a need for about 3,000 additional housing units. That is a fraction of the estimated 11,000 needed around the region and the 14,000 that could be needed by 2040.

“It’s a big task for any region to have to tackle this, but if everybody works together and we bring all of the sectors together and all the bright minds together, there are strategies that can be implemented that can help us get closer to our goal,” said TJPDC Housing Coordinator Christine Jacobs.

In addition to the grant from the Virginia Housing Authority, Albemarle County has contributed $28,000 and the planning district has committed $25,000.

The Regional Housing Partnership will have its first meeting on January 24. That session is open to the public and will be held at the Water Street Center.