CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A nonprofit is stepping up to help grow the public's understanding of affordable housing in Charlottesville. Preservation Piedmont, a group that works to preserve historic areas, is holding a series of discussions at CitySpace on the Downtown Mall.

On Monday, Habitat for Humanity discussed its work rehabilitating the Southwood community. The conversation is part of a larger effort to learn more about how preservation plays a role in affordable housing.

“I think there’s a real connection between the preservation of the environment, community, culture and affordable housing. I think we have to make sure those connections keep getting made,” said President of Preservation Piedmont Mary Joy Scala.

On Tuesday, the Piedmont Housing Alliance will speak about Friendship Court. On Wednesday, attendees are invited to take a tour with the Albemarle Home Improvement Program.