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 opens each semester at 9am on the first day of classes.


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

“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