Habitat for Humanity launches new strategic plan

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- On Monday morning, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville introduced a new strategic plan for the Charlottesville community.

About 150 stakeholders came together to work on solutions to what Habitat representatives call a local affordable housing crisis.

Moving forward, Habitat plans to focus less on solely building new homes and more on finding alternative solutions to the housing system as a whole.

According to Dan Rosensweig, Habitat's CEO and president, one out of two people in Charlottesville is cost-burdened by housing.

He said that in order to tackle the problem, the community will need to come together, uniting policy, funding and programming.

"We have always focused on affordable home ownership and neighborhood building and now we're thinking beyond the house and beyond the neighborhood," said Rosensweig. "For us, success would [be] ten years from now we look back and every man, woman and child in this community has access and a pathway to safe, decent, affordable housing."

Rosensweig said that currently, Habitat is unable to build houses for eight out of ten families that come to them because of a lack of land. The goal is to provide alternative options for those families.

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