IMPACT’s Nehemiah Rally on Tuesday, April 24, will seek support affordable housing progress in Charlottesville/Albemarle. The rally begins at 6:30 in the MLK Auditorium at Charlottesville High School. Contact for further details.
IMPACT is an interfaith coalition of 27 local congregations that takes on systemic change for more social and economic justice in our community. This year’s focus is on increasing the stock of affordable housing. At the Rally on March 13, we heard from IMPACT research teams, who found that in Albemarle, 2800 senior households struggle with housing, and one-third of these pay more than half their monthly income on shelter. In the city, over half of non-student residents rent, and 48% of these pay more than a third on income on housing.
Specific proposals for addressing some of these problems are currently being formulated for presentation to policy-makers in the two jurisdictions. Plan now to join the Westminster contingent at the Nehemiah Action on April 24 at Charlottesville High School to help push for affordable housing in our community.
At the Rally, Pastor Albert Connette, Olivet Presbyterian, offered a beautiful vision of the future—
“…years from now, across this nation, they will speak of Charlottesville-Albemarle as a beacon of light; a multi-cultural, mixed-income community of affordable, decent, safe housing for all. And people will ask, “What happened to make it so?” And people will answer, “There was a large community gathering on April 24, 2018. People of faith realized that thousands of low-income workers, elderly, and fixed-income children of God lacked a place of security, peace, and acceptance to call ‘home’. They came together. They asked community leaders to make various changes to address that crisis in their community.”
On October 24, members of 25 local churches met to hear progress on earlier initiatives for justice in the Charlottesville region, to elect new leaders, and to select an issue for focus in the coming six months. It was wonderful to hear that Region 10 has broken ground on a new treatment facility for women; IMPACT pushed for this facility beginning two years ago.
Affordable housing, especially for elderly on limited incomes, continues to plague this community, and this issue emerged as the preferred issue from the IMPACT gathering. A period of research comes next on how best to address the issue, followed by proposals to civic leaders in the spring. Stay tuned for more IMPACT news. Contact Steve Wilson for further information.