The Housing Improvement Program is a student-run group working to effectively marshal the resources of the university community in order to improve the stock of quality, affordable housing in the greater Charlottesville area. By committing themselves to one of our remarkable community partners, student-volunteers will gain the knowledge necessary to personally combat the affordable housing crises that burden communities around the globe. Programs range from actual housing construction to working with formerly homeless individuals to settle into their new housing situations.
What will volunteers do?
Volunteers may choose to improve housing situations for low-income Charlottesville residents through renovating current homes, building new and affordable ones, or working directly with community members in need of stable housing. No prior experience in any of these efforts is needed, as there will be an instructional leader teaching the necessary skills needed for the project. Volunteers will need a eagerness to learn and a dedication to the Charlottesville community.
Housing Improvement is a semester-long commitment. Volunteers are expected to complete one shift for two to three hours per week. Transportation will be provided via carpool.
How can I get involved?
Registration for the spring 2018 semester begins Wednesday, January 17. To register, please click “Registration” in the upper left-hand corner of this page, and fill out the corresponding form.
After completing your application, you should hear from us within the next few weeks.
Our Community Partners
For more detailed information about an individual site listed below, click here.
- Albemarle Housing Improvement Program
- Habitat for Humanity: Charlottesville
- Habitat for Humanity - Store
- The Haven: Housing2Home
- The Haven: Housing Finance HelpLine