November 15, 2012
Charlottesville's Hispanic population has more than doubled in the last decade, and service providers say there is a housing shortage for Latinos in the community.
High prices and housing discrimination are issues Latino families are facing in the Charlottesville area, according to Creciendo Juntos. The organization, which connects Latinos with local resources, held a workshop Thursday to highlight housing support available in central Virginia.
"There are a lot of problems related with landlords that don't necessarily always use ethical procedures to deal with the Latinos in the community," said Creciendo Juntos board member Maria Williams.
Workshop attendees, mainly local service providers, learned how to strengthen landlord-tenant relationships, guide clients through the purchasing process, fair housing rights and legal aid.
"Anytime you have one community having problems, then the whole community has problems," said Williams. "So the more informed we are, the more that we can try to solve those problems together as a community."
Williams said other problems include language barriers and undocumented individuals not having the proper paperwork for housing.
Creciendo Juntos formed in 2005 as a network of area organizations and people working together to strengthen the community by integrating and educating local Latinos.