Hundreds gather for IMPACT Nehemiah Action Assembly

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Hundreds of people gathered at the IMPACT action assembly Thursday at Charlottesville High School to demand city and county action on affordable housing.

This was also the first time the University of Virginia was asked to commit to efforts to end the affordable housing crisis.

Charlottesville City Council members Kathy Galvin and Heather Hill and Interim City Manager Mike Murphy committed to designated funding for housing and zoning for more affordable homes in all neighborhoods.

Albemarle County supervisors Normal Dill and Ned Gallaway committed to building affordable housing for seniors.

IMPACT board member Sheila Herlihy said the city has been in the spotlight for housing for years, but the county is not off the hook either.

"I do struggle with the fact that county officials have been years with us asking and asking, and not being able to get concrete real steps out of it," she said. "I believe we can do better. I know we have to do better."

Herlihy said she hopes more city and county officials than were at the event will step up and make affordable housing happen.

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