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Building simple, decent, affordable housing with low-income families and volunteers in the region of greater Charlottesville.

Habitat Pushes Forward with Project 20


hanks to an incredible outpouring of enthusiasm and support from more than 300 community members, Habitat dramatically transformed the view for visitors entering into Charlottesville on Avon Street this summer. Via the Belmont Push (see pp. 4–5), Habitat framed eight new homes in less than two weeks, significantly expediting construction of our next mixed-income community, the Belmont Cottages. During 11 sweltering days, an untended lot with fallen trees and ruined remnants of an old construction project began to bloom into a new, 15-home neighborhood. In the process, Habitat moved

within reach of its Project 20 goals for 2013 and, more importantly, brought eight new Partner Families closer to the day when they can proudly walk through the doors of a home of their own. “Now that I am a Partner Family with Habitat, my dreams are getting bigger,” said future Belmont Cottages homeowner Alicia Anderson, in between hammering nails at the Push. Alicia is currently earning sweat equity hours and finishing a home buyer’s education course in order to become eligible to purchase her home. The summer Push put her and seven future neighbors on track to be in their homes by early spring. Habitat Pushes continued on page 4

Eight new homes at The Belmont Cottages are bringing us within reach of Project 20 goals for 2013. Project 20 is Habitat’s commitment to scale up and build at least 20 homes annually in partnership with low-income families and the community. Visit to donate or learn more.

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Message from the Executive Director


n the 1600s, British Clergyman Thomas Fuller reminded us that “charity begins at home, but should not end there.” Four centuries later, here in Charlottesville, hundreds of volunteers stepped up this summer to put

that notion into action. Over the course of 11 hot days in July and August,

community members worked side by side with eight future homeowners to transform a site of fallen trees and construction debris into Habitat’s next mixed-income neighborhood, the Belmont Cottages. Block by block and board by board, the scene on Avon Street during the Belmont Push was nothing short of remarkable as rising buildings gave form to the often tucked-away dreams of hard-working Partner Families like Alicia Anderson. You see, Alicia had always made safe and decent housing the number one priority for herself and her children. The challenge has been to find it. Alicia had tried living in various neighborhoods in the City where she could afford rent but the living conditions were deplorable. She then found a rental home in the County, but housing and commuting costs soon made that unaffordable. Though she felt desperate at times, she never gave up hope. And when a friend suggested she apply for partnership at Habitat, her faith was rewarded. Of course, Alicia knows that her new home is just the beginning. She plans to reinvest the time she’ll save by only having to work one full-time job into additional educational opportunities to improve her employment prospects. She also plans to put away savings so that her three daughters will be able to go to college. Throughout this edition of The Blueprint, you’ll see how the community’s investment of energy and resources into Habitat families – those working toward homeownership like Alicia’s and those planning for a better future at the Southwood Mobile Home Park – is paying big dividends. I hope that reading about some of the people and places of Habitat will inspire you to extend your own capable helping hands outside of your own home by volunteering, donating, advocating … and by Raising the Roof! On the back cover, you’ll find information about Raise the Roof, a very special event on October 10th at the Paramount Theater. Local legends John D’earth and Terri Allard will be joined on stage by international jazz great Cyrus Chestnut to help celebrate World Habitat Day with wonderful music, an original film by local artists Billy Hunt and Brian Wimer and a few special surprises. We sure hope to see you there! Sincerely, Dan Rosensweig

Board of Directors 2012–2013 Jeanne McCusker, Chair Doug Ford, Vice-Chair Larry McElwain, Secretary Mike Schafer, Treasurer Kathleen Ball Steve Bowers Wendy Brown Melba Campbell Rev. Albert Connette Andrew Dracopoli Jeff Hall Neal Harris Gloria Rockhold Tim Sims Reg Woods Peter Wurzer Advisory Council George Beller Kathleen Bowman Doug Cox Jane Dittmar Pam Edmonds Maria Tussi Kluge David Kudravetz Larry Martin Bruce Murray Hunter Smith Ted Weschler Habitat Staff Main Office Shelley Cole John Desmond Katie Geisshuesler Shayla Givens Jessica Harris Ryan Jacoby Mary Maxfield, Intern Sara Parrish Justin Petrochko Dan Rosensweig Lynne Runkle Construction Dominorue Fowler Nirv Ghose, Intern Matt Hauser, Intern Ken Jollofsky Steven Luck Morgan Reitz, Intern Jon Simpson, Intern Habitat Store Matt Black Caitlin Riopel Larry Scott Ehren Siebert Southwood Rush Bailey Michelle Crawford Jillian Dankel, Intern Sara Goldsmith Jessie Gonzalez, Intern Kristen Lucas, Intern Anne Ternes Sunrise Becky Gentry Rebecca Hightower The Blueprint Editors: Katie Geisshuesler & Jessica Harris Design: Rick Bickhart Photos: Habitat Staff Printed on 100% Recycled Paper

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Sunrise Is Complete!

unrise has risen from the ashes, offering a fresh start to 22 new Partner Families, providing safe housing and an enhanced network of friends for long-time residents and creating beautiful, walkable homes for market rate purchasers. What was once a decaying trailer park is now one of the most unique, inclusive and desirable neighborhoods in Charlottesville. n

Sunrise Trailer Court was purchased from a developer in 2004 to prevent resident displacement and to serve as the site of a future mixed-income community of market rate and Habitat homes as well as replacement rentals.

The community came together in September 2012 to celebrate the completion of Phase I construction, and the grand opening of the Sunrise Neighborhood Center.

The community building process continued throughout, as Habitat brought together long-time Sunrise residents and incoming Partner Families to provide input and build connections.

With incredible community participation, the first six homes at Sunrise were framed in just three days at the June 2011 Kickoff Blitz Build.

Sunrise is now a thriving, inclusive community. The final six Partner Families moved into their homes in July 2013 and market rate homes are now for sale.

Sunrise Neighborhood Center


he Neighborhood Center serves as a cozy communal living room and the hub of activity at Sunrise. The space boasts a full kitchen, a lending library, two comfortable seating areas, office stations and a multi-purpose “mindfulness� room. The Neighborhood Center offers a wide variety of programs to enrich the experience of living at Sunrise and foster relationships among neighbors. The Center offers residents after-school tutoring and recreation opportunities, arts and crafts, Japanese art and culture classes, cooking classes, cardio workouts, yoga, movie nights, and much more. The Center has also established itself as a great venue for events appealing to the broader Charlottesville community including Rhythm and Resilience drum circle, Mindfulness Saturday, and Tuesday evening yoga. All programs are offered free of charge. For a full calendar of upcoming events or to inquire about getting involved as an instructor or participant, please contact Sunrise Community Coordinator Rebecca Hightower at (434) 282-2489 or rhightower n

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A New Community Takes Root in Belmont

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The idea for the 15-home community started to take shape when realtor Lane Bonner utilized Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credits and made a generous donation of the approved subdivision. The gift allowed Habitat to further its New Paradigm for Affordable Housing by creating its third blended neighborhood of market rate and affordable homes. Located at 1600 Avon Street, the Belmont Cottages will be a cohesive collection of single family attached and detached EarthCraft homes. They are designed to blend into an attractive, European-

Partner Family Spotlight: Alicia Anderson


s the single mother of three daughters, Partner Family Alicia Anderson’s first priority has always been to provide a safe home for her children. “We moved from a neighborhood in the City where the rent was cheap, but it was dangerous,” Alicia said. “So, we went out to the County where the rent is so expensive we are barely scraping by.” When Alicia heard about Habitat for Humanity, she finally began to embrace the hope that one day she may have a place to call home. For Alicia, owning her own home means anything is possible. “My dream was always to own my own home, but I never thought I could afford it,” she said. “Now I may even be able to go back to school and get a better job.” Alicia says she is most excited to live in an energy-efficient home that can also give her daughters the chance to experience a safe neighborhood where they can make new friends, and gain a sense of community. Alicia’s daughters, Makayla (16) and Miyanna (14) have been sharing a room their whole lives, while Amarie (8) shares a room with her mom. “I think the girls will do better in school once they have their own space,” Alicia said. “I am just so thankful to Habitat and thankful to be a part of it.” Thanks to the support of the community and their own hard work and perseverance, Alicia and her daughters will move into a new home at Belmont Cottages this winter. n

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Thanks to tremendous volunteer participation, Habitat framed eight homes in 11 days during the Belmont Push, expediting the build process and helping eight new families start planning to be home in time to see the first daffodils bloom this coming spring.

inspired subdivision immediately adjacent to the parcel. The neighborhood is on a bus line and located within short walking distance of Belmont Park and the Rivanna Trail network. Seven market rate lots are now being sold through Habitat’s development partner, Community Results, Inc. “Framing eight new homes in little more than a week was pretty ambitious,” said Dominorue Fowler, Habitat Construction Supervisor. “The fact that we were successful is a testament to what can happen when great people in a community work together.” n

New Homes and Buildable Lots Now Available


abitat’s New Paradigm has allowed us to build more homes, to a higher standard, on less land. This new, entrepreneurial model has helped us create some of the most attractive neighborhoods in the area. “We aren’t simply striving to build the best mixed-income communities,” said Habitat Executive Director Dan Rosensweig. “Instead, our goal is to create the nicest places to live in Charlottesville, period.” At Sunrise and Belmont Cottages, homes and lots are now being sold on the open market through two terrific partners, Stonehaus Homes and Community Results. These sales help finance Habitat homes and create healthy mixedincome neighborhoods.

Sunrise, 1412 Carlton Avenue Within an easy walk to Belmont, downtown or the Rivanna Trail, Sunrise features quality new construction in one of the most unique neighborhoods in town. Twelve beautiful homes designed by local architect Steven Von Storch and built by STONEHAUS, LLC, feature HardiePlank exteriors, extensive wood floors, granite,

stainless steel, energy star appliances and high efficiency Low E windows. Please contact Jay Kalagher at (434) 817-9200 or

Belmont Cottages, 1600 Avon Street Conveniently located close to downtown and UVa, this beautiful neighborhood backs up to scenic Moore’s Creek and is within walking distance to Belmont Park. Seven lots are currently for sale through Habitat’s development partner, Community Results. Please contact Don Franco at (434) 249-9641 or n

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Southwood Kicks Off School Year

n Wednesday, August 14th, parents, teachers, children and governmental agencies, including the Charlottesville Free Clinic, the community supporters came together to celebrate the Jefferson Madison Regional Library, and the Jefferson Area Children’s beginning of the new school year Improvement Program among others also at the Southwood Community Center. hosted booths at the event. Hosted by Habitat for Humanity and the “Service providers inform and connect Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS), residents to needed services,” says Ternes. the 4th annual Back to School Festival wel“The event also gives the agency representacomed nearly 800 people, doubling attentives the opportunity to get to know residents dance from last year. Dozens of teachers in their own setting, which helps to build and administrators from Cale Elementary, Hundreds of Southwood residents and mutual trust and understanding.” Burley Middle and Monticello High Charlottesville community members attended The Back to School Festival was the 4th annual Back to School Festival. School mingled with parents and students, spearheaded by Gloria Rockhold, Habitat answering questions and distributing school Board Member and Community Engagesupplies provided courtesy of Walmart. ment Manager in the ACPS Office of “The event is a great way to get parents Community Engagement. and students focused on the school year,” “The Back to School Festival was a says Anne Ternes, Community Coordinator. huge successs and the perfect way to “It gives parents the opportunity to meet the build relationships between children, teachers, and seeing their teachers in a fun parents, teachers and the community,” said setting helps the kids feel more comfortable Rockhold. “It’s a great way to unite in the classroom.” Southwood and stay engaged with the Representatives from area nonprofits and Students select books courtesy of Book Baskets. broader Charlottesville community.” n

Southwood Community Engagement


lthough Habitat does not plan to break ground until at

of an ongoing partnership

least 2016, the 1,500 + residents at Southwood are

between Habitat and local

already actively engaged in the initial phases of

agencies and businesses to help

redevelopment. This year’s community building efforts have

Southwood residents gain

included Tours of Sunrise, Block by Block Meetings and the

valuable life skills and shift their

establishment of a Community Advisory Council. The tours

focus from just getting by to

provide a real-life glimpse of what life may look like after

planning for the future.

redevelopment, the Block by Block meetings create an intimate

None of the incredible strides the community has made toward

setting to discuss redevelopment and the Advisory Council

sustainability and health would have been possible without the

convenes leaders from the Southwood community, County

heroic efforts of Community Coordinator Anne Ternes. Anne,

officials, Habitat staff and other key stakeholders in an ongoing

who recently announced her retirement in January 2014, has

and collaborative way.

been at Southwood since before Habitat purchased it in 2007.

Looking ahead to the coming year, community engagement

She has been a steady and trusted source for residents,

efforts will include: English and Spanish language classes to help

contributing to not only their present well-being, but also laying

residents communicate with each other more effectively; youth

the foundation for their future, long-term success. Thank you,

enrichment in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club; financial

Anne, for all that you continue to do for Southwood! You will

literacy training and Tools for Growth. Tools for Growth is part

be missed. n

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roject 20 is Habitat’s commitment to build at least 20 homes annually in partnership with low-income families and the community. We are currently working on the following projects propelling us toward our Project 20 goal.

Sunrise Phase II Construction is complete! The final six Partner Families have moved into their new homes in this unique new community. Our building partner, STONEHAUS, LLC, is currently offering beautiful two and three bedroom homes for general sale. See p. 5 for more details.

Lockesley Terrace

Partner Family Karmela Rabi works on her sweat equity.

Renovation continues on this property donated to Habitat by Bank of America. As part of a national program, Bank of America is working with Habitat affiliates to restore at least 2,000 vacant homes back to sustainable ownership. Expected completion, Fall 2013.

Burnet Commons village center.

Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries Homes Framing is complete on the first two homes in this future mixedincome subdivision between Prospect Avenue and 5th Street. Expected completion, Spring 2014.

Belmont Cottages Volunteers framed eight homes in eleven days during the recent Belmont Push. Siding, roofing and trim are underway at this Avon Street site and interior work should begin just as cold weather arrives. Expected completion, Spring 2014.

Belmont Cottage home.

Coming soon: Burnet Commons II: The Woods

Construction continues on the first two Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries homes.

Foundation work will begin this fall on the first two of four Habitat homes to be part of a mixed-income community near downtown and the Cherry Avenue commercial corridor. Expected completion: Spring 2014.

111 Elliott Avenue PUD Habitat, Southern Development and the City of Charlottesville are teaming up to transform a long-time dumping ground into a unique, 46-home walkable neighborhood. Expected groundbreaking, Spring 2014. n

“I finally paid my first mortgage. I was so excited! Who gets so excited about paying their mortgage?! But I was ecstatic – I was thrilled that I finally did it.” –Sunrise Homeowner Rachel Mayo

Elliot Avenue PUD Central Park.

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Celebrate World Habitat Day VOLUNTEER ∙ ADVOCATE ∙ DONATE Monday, October 7th has been declared World Habitat Day by the United Nations General Assembly. Join with advocates around the globe to highlight the need for safe, decent and affordable shelter through a range of exciting activities geared to all interests and ages. 10/4 What Will You Build? An Advocacy Event Freedom of Speech Wall · 4:30–6:30pm (605 E. Main Street across from City Hall on the Downtown Mall) Stop by to write a message and help raise awareness for affordable housing. 10/4 Lego Blitz Build NTelos Wireless Pavillion · 4:30–6:30pm Bring your young builders to learn about affordable housing and construct model homes with Legos. Also featured will be bubbles, balloons, hula hoops, and snack stations. Suggested donation: $5/child. 10/6 Prayer for Affordable Housing Churches and other faith communities Join with local faith leaders as they announce World Habitat Day and ask  their congregations to join them in a collective prayer. Informational materials available through the Habitat office.

10/7 World Habitat Day Proclamation City Hall · 7pm (605 E. Main Street) Show your support as Mayor Huja reads an official proclamation declaring Monday, October 7th World Habitat Day in Charlottesville. Televised on Charlottesville’s TV 10. 10/10 Raise the Roof Benefit Concert The Paramount (215 E. Main St.) 6:00 Pre-event Sponsor Cocktail Party, 7:30 Concert The Free Bridge Quintet with special guest Cyrus Chestnut – considered by the New York Post to be “the rightful heir to Bud Powell, Art Tatum and Erroll Garner.” Also featuring The Terri Allard Trio. Additionally, the event will premiere a short film by local artists Billy Hunt and Brian Wimer and an original anthem composed by Terri Allard and arranged by John D’earth. All proceeds benefit Project 20. Tickets $25–100.

The Habitat Store The Habitat Store is your place to find great home improvement bargains. Your purchase helps to divert usable materials out of the waste stream and provides a hand up to our hard-working Partner Families, as all proceeds go directly to building affordable housing in our community. This fall we’re featuring a variety of student furniture as well as antique doors, marble mantels, and cabinets.

Get connected! The Habitat Store seeks volunteers to run the cash register, assemble furniture, process donations and provide focused leadership efforts in specific departments. Contact Store Volunteer Coordinator, Ehren Siebert, for more information: (434) 293-6331 or

434.293.6331 · 1221 Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903 · Monday–Friday 10am-6pm. Saturday 9am-5pm. Closed Sunday.

Cvillehabitat Fall 2013 Blueprint  
Cvillehabitat Fall 2013 Blueprint