Dozens of Charlottesville Families Still Waiting for Rental Assistance
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority (CRHA) says dozens of families are waiting for rental assistance right now.
With the city's latest budget numbers now finalized, the authority has high hopes of cutting down that list of names.
Right now, 40 families are waiting for rental assistance. These are households that make less than $60,000 a year.
On Wednesday, April 17, housing groups and community leaders met to discuss potential next steps.
The list of people in need of affordable housing in Charlottesville seems to keep growing and growing.
“We have a waiting list on our public housing and housing choice vouchers of over 1,200 families, so we have quite a bit of need in the area,” Grant Duffield, the executive director of the CRHA, said.
Duffield knows the problem all too well. Just 15 months ago, the CRHA took on a new program called Supplemental Rental Assistance.
“It helps us as a community care for folks that are gonna have a challenge moving forward - elderly, disabled folks that really have a hard time meeting their needs,” Duffield said.
Currently nearly 80 families with household incomes below $60,000 get assistance, but 40 are stuck on a waitlist.
“These are families that are certainly eligible, qualified, and absolutely need housing," Duffield said.
On Wednesday, Duffield met with other housing groups and city leaders with an update on the program, a breakdown of its budget, and the reason behind the waitlist.
“There was a requirement to set aside 35% of the total funding as a stop-gap in case a future council didn't fund the program, so while there had been $900,000 set aside, a little under $600,000 was available for use,” Duffield said.
City Council just approved a budget of $750,000 for the group for the 2020 fiscal year.
“I believe that the additional funding that's been made available should enable us to house the additional families that are waiting,” Duffield said.
Duffield says the CRHA had projected needing $650,000 to continue the program into next year.
Again, council allocated $750,000 to keep this assistance going.