DMB, Red Light Management making donation to public housing fund

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Dave Matthews Band is giving back to the community. In partnership with Red Light Management, $5 million will be donated to public housing efforts in Charlottesville.

The donation includes part of the proceeds from upcoming shows at John Paul Jones Arena this weekend.

The funds will be used for renovations to existing housing units, as well as the construction of new ones yet to be built.

"There's 376 public housing units spread over the city, and our intention is to spread the $5 million over a multi-phase plan," said Ann Kingston of Red Light Management.

For members of the Charlottesville Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR), this is big news.

"It's really happening and it's getting closer. For years, public housing residents have heard that redevelopment is going to happen, and just never happened," said Joy Johnson, the chair of PHAR. "We have a particular site that is really in dire need of fixing, so what it means, is for those folks who live in that building, that it's becoming a reality."

Red Light Management is also working with the residents to make sure they all get what they need inside their homes, for which PHAR members are thankful.

"It's been great, just meeting the professional people that are working with us," said Audrey Oliver, PHAR's Treasurer. "Teaching us all that we're going to need to know to move on."

This donation is the first step in a long process. The first phase will see a complete renovation of Crescent Halls.

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