Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville

 
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The Paton Street Neighborhood

The Paton Street development, located in Charlottesville's Fifeville neighborhood, is the first stage of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville's New Paradigm.  Between 2006 - 2011, Habitat, our Partner Families and many community partners built a beautiful, multi-cultural, mixed income neighborhood. 

The Builders Blitz: Six Single Family Homes Built in Six Days on Nunley Street  In 2006, following an intensive year of planning, Habitat and a plethora of community partners undertook an extremely ambitious project:  building six homes in six days.  This remarkable feat was made possible through the generosity of the Charlottesville area building community, including their network of subcontractors and in-kind donors.  Six local contractors each supervised one home, sharing a number of subcontractors who moved from house to house on a well-orchestrated schedule, and utilizing volunteer labor.  As a result of this remarkable generosity, Habitat Partner Families were able to watch their homes rise in front of them--and were able to move into their homes far earlier than they had hoped.

Paton Street:  Habitat's Green Duplexes  Between 2008 and 2010, Habitat built ten homes in five duplexes on Paton Street.  Two of these homes were built in conjunction with the Workforce Housing Initiative, and the remaining eight homes were built with Habitat Partner Families.  Armed with knowledge gained from several building projects incorporating green buildng techniques, Habitat built all eight homes to EarthCraft standards, and have submitted two of them for additional LEED Certification.

The Quadruplex:  All sizes of families with all kinds of needs  Coming to the end of the Habitat portion of the Paton/Nunley Street development, Habitat decided to build two multi-home structures.  The first was our Quadruplex on Paton Street, containing four condominium units that are home to four single Habitat homeowners.  These were our first homes for single person families, and two of these homes represented another first:  the first Habitat homes in the U.S. with remote medical monitoring equipment that addresses the needs of persons with chronic illnesses.  A partnership with the University of Virginia Telemedicine Department made this possible.

The Row Homes:  the 2010 Blitz Build and Speedy Partner Families  Since this neighborhood began with a blitz, Habitat decided that the final four homes, in a rowhouse form, would also include a blitz build.  In the scorching heat of July 2010, Habitat staff and volunteers framed four homes in two weekends.  The homes were then completed over the next six months, and were dedicated in January of 2011.  Two of the families--headed by Johanna Price and Juan Duron -- were able to qualify for homeownership and be in their homes in record time, having been approved as Partner Families in June of 2010. 

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