Multi-family homes are more affordable, more energy-efficient, and easier to serve with public transportation than single-family homes. They’re also banned in much of Charlottesville. This pattern of exclusionary zoning has long been used to keep neighborhoods segregated by race and wealth. It’s time to allow multi-family homes in every neighborhood in the city.
Charlottesville’s public housing stock is many decades old and has been chronically underfunded. Public housing residents deserve safe, well-maintained homes and competent management, and the city should fully fund its Affordable Housing Fund.
Virginia evicted an average of 141 people per day in 2016, more than double the national average. Especially during a historic public health and economic crisis, our government should do everything it can to protect low-income families from eviction.