November 21, 2005
Some more affordable houses are popping up in Charlottesville, all thanks to the Piedmont Housing Alliance, and their push for affordable housing for residents.
It is one of the last few pieces of the 10th and Page Street Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative
"Piedmont Housing Alliance is very excited," explained Peter Loach, with Piedmont Housing Alliance.
Monday, the Piedmont Housing Alliance began setting in place the last three modular houses in the initiative. This was the final phase in a project about four years in the making. More than 27 homes in the community have either been fixed up or constructed.
The houses cost less because they're pre-built and also energy efficient. This marks the final phase of the initiative and PHA officials hope it will invigorate the community.
"Much of the neighborhood has been renting for many years and we want to help people own their own homes and own homes in the neighborhood that will help bring some stability and prosperity to the neighborhood," said Loach.
The fact that the houses are pre-built makes them less expensive. Utility bills will also be cheaper for homeowners because they are constructed using energy-efficient techniques, making the houses available to a wider range of people.
"Creating a mixed income, homeownership-based neighborhood will have a tremendous impact in generating wealth for everyone in the neighborhood," said Loach.
Those behind the initiative are thrilled with the results.
"It's exciting to see it all coming together, and especially gratifying to see people starting to move in. So that's what it's really all about" said Katie Swenson of Charlottesville Community Design.
Houses are built for low to moderate income families and should be ready to be moved into within the next six weeks.
If you're interested in owning one, you can contact the Piedmont Housing Alliance at 434-817-2436.