Mountainside Funding Not on City Budget

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

April 3, 2006

What is not on the City's budget has some Crozet residents up-in-arms. Residents of the assisted living facility Mountainside say that without funding from the city, they could be left homeless.

Mountainside Assisted Living Facility has been funded by the state, Albemarle County and also the City of Charlottesville for the past three years. But this year the proposed budget does not include Mountainside at all.

Mountainside officials said if they don't get at least some of the funding from the city, they will be forced to close down. If that's the case, 103 residents would be without a place to live. Some residents have been living there for almost a decade and they can't afford to live in an assisted living facility on their own.

"Because of my financial situation I [would] have no where to go," said Thomas Marshall.

"I would be awfully disappointed if they didn't give us funding because I like living here," said Nancy Barnett.

"As soon as I walked in this place I fell in love with it," said Thomas Sandridg.

City council member, Kevin Lynch, said Mountainside asked for help for "one time funding" several years ago. They had that extended for three additional years under the assumption that over time they would start funding it through private donations. But now they are back, asking for more money.

It is leading officials to asking the question, is the city the right place to go for that extra money? Now, city council has the ultimate decision but they will hear from Mountainside residents at the city council meeting.

JABA officials say that most of the residents are living on only $13,000 a year.

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