Southwood Redevelopment Project needs more funding
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville is asking for more help from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors to keep the Southwood redevelopment project moving.
CEO Dan Rosensweig says the organization is not looking for direct assistance from the board, but federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act or infrastructure law could help hard-hit neighborhoods like Southwood upgrade their utilities and quality of life.
Rosensweig says the 15-year project will cost more than half a billion dollars, with a $16.2 million funding gap. He didn't specify an exact dollar amount to be requested.
If the proper funding becomes available, he says Habitat be able to move families out of temporary housing faster.
Rosensweig says a couple of million dollars has already been spent on the first phase of the project because of environmental problems like leaking septic tanks.
He says Southwood trailers are not healthy to live in long-term.
"There's a hurry right now. We need to move as swiftly as we possibly all can to help families move from where they're living right now into permanent, sustainable, healthy, and safe affordable housing," said Rosensweig.
Albemarle County has provided more than $3 million for phase one of the project through cash and grants like the State Housing Trust Fund and the Investment Partnership Program.
As for where the project is at now, the first two homes are complete.
Rosensweig says he hopes to have 70 houses built by the end of 2023, 40 of which will belong to Habitat for Humanity families.
He says the long-term goal is to build 1,100 houses.