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 spring 2017 semester is now closed.
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