Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville


Habitat Film

An outgrowth of our New Paradigm for Affordable Housing, Project 20 is our commitment to build at least 20 homes annually in partnership with hard-working local families. Click here to read more.

 Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville has partnered with more than 150 hard-working low income families in the area to help them realize their dream of home ownership.

Habitat doesn’t give away houses, but instead offers Partner Families the opportunity to earn “sweat equity” building their homes and those of their neighbors. Utilizing volunteer labor and donations, Habitat is able to sell homes to Partner Families at no profit with a zero interest mortgage. In turn, Partner Family mortgage payments feed the Fund for Humanity, allowing us to build even more homes.

This approach has made a big difference in the lives of many hard-working Partner Families. But, given the extent of the local affordable housing crisis, we need to think bigger.

Our New Paradigm, a powerful approach to this crisis, has allowed us to build more homes, to a higher standard, on less land.  This new, entrepreneurial model, is creating stable mixed-income communities.

The stages of the New Paradigm include

  • Paton Street, the first Habitat for Humanity mixed income community in Virginia;
  • Sunrise, the nation’s first ever trailer park transformation without resident displacement; and,
  • Southwood, the area’s greatest remaining opportunity to eradicate local housing poverty.









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Habitat Heroes: The Midweek Crew

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It has often been said that volunteers are the engine that powers Habitat’s quest to transform lives and communities. This month, Habitat is honored to share the stories of a key volunteer group that truly makes the engine run.

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Habitat Store Volunteer Spotlight: Tony Waterfield

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In just a few short months, Tony Waterfield has logged an incredible 50 volunteer hours at The Habitat Store.  Formerly a residential contractor in Charlottesville, Tony was inspired to volunteer with Habitat to help local families achieve their dreams of homeownership. 

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Charlottesville Area Habitat Homeowners

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