The Housing Improvement Program is a student-run group with three goals: connect student volunteers to those in need, educate the general public, and have fun while doing so. HIP hopes to improve the housing conditions of Charlottesville and Albemarle residents. With building sites from Crozet to 10th Street, students get to explore Charlottesville while meeting a large and diverse populace. Projects range from building handicap ramps to full-on house construction.


What will volunteers do?

Volunteers may choose to improve housing situations for low-income Charlottesville residents through renovating current homes, or building new, affordable ones. No prior experience is needed, as there will be an instructional leader teaching the necessary skills needed for the project. Skills that may be taught include siding, flooring, painting, roofing, and much more. Volunteers may also choose to help indirectly, through shifts at the Habitat for Humanity store, where they will assist in things from painting and constructing furniture to preparing donations.



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 fall 2017 semester will open August 22, 2017.


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
“One of the most important parts of AHIP’s relationship with Madison House is the stories of our work and our clients that volunteers carry back to Grounds and share with their peers. To see the spark of compassion that is ignited by our service projects and the relationships formed between our volunteers and clients is truly the most rewarding part of our shared mission.”
— Corbin Breaud, Volunteer Coordinator for Albemarle Housing Improvement Program