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Housing / Shelter

Temporary Shelters

Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to stay in a temporary shelter for two weeks or longer.  The shelters provide help in developing a plan to stabilize your situation.  This process may include assistance with securing employment, locating permanent housing and resolving other issues that contributed to your homelessness.

MACAA Hope House (434) 295-3171

1025 Park Street, Charlottesville                                                           

An intensive program that provides developmental activities and temporary housing for homeless families.  Prior to securing permanent housing, residents participate in job training, budget and home management workshops and other activities designed to enhance their self-sufficiency.

On Our Own—Drop In Center  (434) 979-2440

123 4th Street NW, Charlottesville                                                                         

The Center offers a variety of services to individuals who have experienced significant problems in their lives due to mental illness and who acknowledge this.  Offers limited housing in a group setting.

PACEM  (434) 465-1392

208 E. Jefferson St., Charlottesville

People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry assists men, women, and children in need of a place to sleep. Intake site is located at Holy Comforter Church from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Salvation Army   (434) 295-4058

207 Ridge Street, Charlottesville                                                           

The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter provides crisis intervention through emergency shelter and meals, clothing, educational and life skills programs, transportation, furniture, direct financial assistance, worship services, child care, and youth programs. The Salvation Army Center of Hope is a transitional housing program.

Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE)  (434) 293-8509

SHE provides a safe shelter for abused women and their children and other support services that include court advocacy, court accompaniment, legal information, counseling, children's services, support groups and referrals.

The Haven at First & Market (434) 973-1234

112 West Market St., Charlottesville

Is a day shelter that offers a safe and welcoming place for the homeless and underserved to get breakfast, shower, do laundry, store belongings, access computers, and to receive mail. It also offers a centralized location for social service providers and a cultural and arts space for the Charlottesville community.

Housing Services

Albemarle County Office of Housing (434) 296-5839

1600 5th Street Extended, Charlottesville

Administers the Housing Choice Voucher and Moderate Rehabilitation Programs (applicant names are placed on a waiting list according to established policies).  Eligibility is based on the family's income and household composition.  Offers housing counseling including information and referral, pre-purchase assistance for first-time home buyers, basic budgeting and financial management, landlord/tenant assistance, a Family Self-Sufficiency Program, and the HomeBuyers Club.  

CARES  (434) 295-3171

1025 Park Street, Charlottesville

Provides assessments and referrals for emergency rent and mortgage assistance.  

See “Financial Assistance

Charlottesville Redevelopment & Housing Authority (CRHA)  (434) 970-3253

500 South First Street, Charlottesville                                                           

CRHA serves low income residents of Charlottesville by providing affordable housing for families including seniors and disabled individuals.  The CRHA manages 376 units of public housing at 11 sites in Charlottesville and administers 345 "Section 8" rental units through leased contracts with private owners.  CRHA operates a Family Self-Sufficiency Program, a Downpayment and Closing Costs Assistance Program, and the Housing Opportunities Partnership Program.  It also refers families to the First Time Homebuyers Club as they complete family self-sufficiency classes.

Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation  (540) 967-3483

1 Woolfolk Avenue, Louisa                                                           

Provides housing assistance in the form of housing rehabilitation/repair services to those who qualify as low income.  Administers the Section 8 Housing Program in Fluvanna and Louisa Counties.

Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA)  (434) 295-3171

1025 Park Street, Charlottesville                                                           

MACAA helps low-income persons achieve self-sufficiency through emergency assistance, and housing and community development services in Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson.

Nelson County Community Development Foundation  (434) 263-8074

8445 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston                                                                

Provides housing for low to moderate income families and rehabilitation of homes for income eligible families.  Also provides emergency home repair for the elderly and the disabled.

Piedmont Housing Alliance  (434) 817-2436

111 Monticello Ave Suite 104, Charlottesville                                                            

PHA’s Fair Housing Program promotes equal housing opportunity and is the regional provider of fair housing education, outreach, and advocacy services.  Our goal is to raise awareness and promote compliance with federal and state civil rights laws that protect us form discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, familial status (presence of children in the household), and elderliness in the rent, sale, and financing of housing.

Salvation Army Homeless Intervention Program (434) 295-4058

207 Ridge Street, Charlottesville                                                           

Works to prevent displacement of households who could potentially become homeless, to assist homeless persons in securing permanent housing, and to ensure that the persons who receive assistance become self-sufficient. Offers loans and grants for temporary rental, mortgage and security deposit assistance.

Home Ownership

Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP)  (434) 817-2447

2127 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville                                    

AHIP is a private, not-for-profit Community Development Corporation which assists low-income families acquire and/or maintain a home.   

Albemarle Office of Housing Home Buyers Club  (434) 296-5839

1600 5th Street Extended, Charlottesville                                                           

Home Buyers Club helps prepare Albemarle County residents for home purchase and offers a support program for people in need of credit  counseling, savings and budgeting.  The Albemarle Office of Housing also offers a Home Buyer’s Club for Hispanics. 

Community Energy Conservation Program, Inc.  (434) 293-3777

1819 Broadway Street, Charlottesville                                                           

Provides free weatherization and heating system repair of houses and mobile homes for those who qualify whether homeowners or renters.

Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity (434) 293-9066

501 Grove Avenue, Charlottesville

Non-profit organization dedicated to providing sustainable, affordable homes for families in need. Partners Habitat families with families in need to develop a financially stable home mortgage before completion of new home.

Piedmont Housing Alliance  (434) 817-2436

111 Monticello Ave Suite 104, Charlottesville                                                            

Provides in-depth information and assistance to first-time home buyers.