AHIP believes that everyone should be safe at home. We work year-round to provide emergency repairs, home rehabs, and energy-efficiency upgrades to families in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Our mission is to ensure safe, affordable homes for our neighbors in need.
To get the job done, we work with a spectrum of community partners, including local governments, peer housing organizations, social services agencies, regional funders, a wide variety of volunteer groups, and donors. Together, we improve homes, preserve families’ assets, revitalize neighborhoods, and protect our local affordable housing stock.
who we are
- a private, 501(c)3 organization serving low-income individuals and families
- a full-service, state-licensed Class A Contractor and an EPA-certified lead abatement contractor
- 25 full-time administrative, program, and construction staff
what we do
- small to large home repairs
- moderate to comprehensive housing rehabilitations
- energy-efficiency upgrades
- common rehab and repair tasks include roofs; HVAC systems; plumbing and electrical systems; flooring; steps, decks, and egresses; access ramps; and wells and septic systems
- common energy upgrade tasks include air-sealing, duct-wrapping, insulating, and installing energy-efficient appliances, windows, doors, and HVAC systems
AHIP turned 40 in 2016. We started as a volunteer group of UVA students who called themselves SCRUB and went out to help clean up after Hurricane Camille in 1969. The volunteers discovered families living in dire housing conditions and kept working, evolving into the Charlottesville Housing Improvement Program in 1974. Albemarle Housing Improvement Program spun off in 1976. In 1995, CHIP closed and AHIP began working in the city. See a timeline from our 40 years.