In the News
May 26, 2018
Real Estate Matters Feature on 2018 Festival of the Home
Michael Guthrie invites BRHBA and AHIP on his weekly Saturday radio program for a preview of the inaugural Festival of the Home and how it supports AHIP…
April 11, 2018
W.E. Brown Giving Back Segment
AHIP Client Milton Taylor and Executive Director Jennifer Jacobs share comments on what AHIP does and how it helps our community…
April 9, 2018
Cville Gives Grant Night Supports Affordable Housing Nonprofits
“We believe no one should come home to or wake up in a house that fails them,” said AHIP’s executive director Jennifer Jacobs. “This work is not complicated. Something is broken, and we fix it. Something is not there, and we put it there.”…
April 9, 2018
Nonprofits Face Off for Funds at Cville Gives Grant Night
In conjunction with the kick-off of Charlottesville’s annual Tom Tom Founders Festival, five regional semi-finalists – including The Haven and Albemarle Housing Improvement Program – did a presentation on why their nonprofit deserved a cash grant from Cville Gives…
March 15, 2018
Charlottesville-Area Home Repair Program in High Demand
The Brown family called AHIP after their heat pump died in December. With generous support from new community partners Beck Cohen, the Brown family no longer needs to wear their coats to stay warm inside their home….
March 1, 2018
Join AHIP’s Emergency Repair Efforts to Help More Families in March
Heating your home in the winter months is a basic need that AHIP believes no one in Charlottesville and Ablemarle County should go without….
September 29, 2017
AHIP Helps Another Family, and Prepares to Hold Annual Celebration
Lisa is one of hundreds of local residents AHIP helps each year with critical repairs to stay safe at home. Once two peer organizations helped her find a permanent home, AHIP donors and volunteers helped build a ramp for her son….
July 19, 2017
Volunteers Install Ramp in Esmont House
Volunteers from Commonwealth Senior Living spent their morning building a safety ramp for a senior resident in the county. The AHIP House Party sponsor also secured the in-kind materials donation from Better Living to make this project possible…
May 29, 2017
Bike and Build Members Make Stop in Charlottesville, Talk Affordable Housing
A national Bike and Build team cycling across the country and stopping in cities and towns to help local residents with home repairs made a stop in Charlottesville to help an AHIP client…
May 12, 2017
Generation Us: How Home Repairs Can Make Aging in Place a Safer Choice
Home repair projects completed through our Seniors Safe at Home program improve housing security, safety, and well-being for our senior community…
May 3, 2017
UVA Public Policy Students Give Back to Community Nonprofits
Students at UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy who studied complex community issues during the spring semester awarded four local nonprofits with generous funds during a ceremony Wednesday, May 3, including AHIP’s Seniors Safe at Home…
March 17, 2017
Program that Provides Heating Units for the Elderly Seeking Donations
Mrs. Lee is among the AHIP clients who has received a new heating unit, and we’d like to help at least five more families by the end of March…
March 10, 2017
AHIP: Hundreds of Charlottesville Families Need Help with Home Repairs
The Campbell family are receiving help from AHIP to fix their roof, but if funds are available they need a replacement for their 40+-year-old furnace…
March 10, 2017
AHIP Emergency Repair Program Looking for Residents in Trouble and Donations
AHIP currently has 318 families waiting for emergency repairs, and we’d like to help more neighbors in need of heat before the DSS Crisis Heating Assistance Program closes for the season on March 15…
February 9, 2017
Meet Your Nonprofit: AHIP
A partnership with Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Charlottesville Tomorrow features an overview of AHIP and the story of how we helped one client, who is now an AHIP donor in her own right…
January 30, 2017
AHIP Provides Working Stove for Charlottesville Woman in Need
Mrs. Jones was without a stove for several weeks until Ferguson Enterprises and Coates Plumbing stepped in to donate a new until…
January 13, 2017
Tips to Winterize Your Home and Keep Heating Bills Down
AHIP’s Rehab Specialist Len Wishart shares key improvements to seal a home for increased comfort and reduced energy consumption in the cold, winter months…
November 4, 2016
Women United Together in Philanthropy Offers Grants to Help Children in Need
AHIP and its Children Safe at Home program was honored as one of two recipients of Women United in Philanthropy 2016 Human Services Grants, along with Piedmont Housing Alliance…
November 3, 2016
Local Women’s Philanthropy Group Awards Two $20,000 Grants
AHIP is part of an 11-year tradition of Women United in Philanthropy that has resulted in $412,000 total grant funds for local human service charitable efforts across Charlottesville…
October 7, 2016
City Residents in Need of Housing Help Get $851K Boost
The renewed investment from the Charlottesville Affordable Housing Fund will help more families like Mrs. Wicks and the Crichlows…
October 2, 2016
Group to Ask City Council for Nearly $1 Million in Housing Funds
AHIP goes before Charlottesville City Council as part of its public-private efforts to keep more of our local neighbors safe, secure, and dry in their homes….
September 28, 2016
Best of C-VILLE Beneficiary AHIP Receives Donation
C-VILLE Weekly presents a $9,076 check to AHIP, the 2016 Best Of C-VILLE party’s nonprofit beneficiary….
September 21, 2016
AHIP to Hold Safe At Home Campaign Fundraiser
AHIP’s annual House Party event is flagship fundraiser that will help at least nine local families with vital home repairs to keep them safe….
September 20, 2016
Alberene Homes Getting Big Makeover from $855,000 Grant
What a wonderful feature on one of the neighbors who will be helped as a result of AHIP and the county’s recent CDBG grant award. We can’t wait to get to work to improve housing conditions for 30 families in this area of southern Albemarle that has such a rich history….
September 14, 2016
Alberene, Stanardsville to Benefit from Federal Funds
Our local home rehab and community preservation initiative in cooperation with the County is focusing on Alberene in rural southern Albemarle and will receive $855,000 in CDBG support to help approximately 30 families with critical home repair needs over two years…
September 8, 2016
AHIP, Albemarle County Win CDBG Award to Improve Housing Conditions in Alberene
Augusta Free Press
The Alberene Improvement Project, a joint neighborhood revitalization effort between AHIP and the County of Albemarle, is one of 11 statewide projects receiving funding through more than $9.5 million in Community Development Block Grants announced by Governor Terry McAuliffe on September 2…
June 24, 2016
Giving Seniors a Helping Hand in Home Repairs
Both AHIP and Commonwealth Assisted Living share a vision to provide a safe, quality environment for seniors to age in place….
June 21, 2016
Dave Matthews Band Provides $569,422 Bama Works Grants to 67 Local Nonprofits in Spring 2016 Cycle
AHIP is one 67 local nonprofits awarded grant funds from Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band….
June 7, 2016
In Light of Recent Rains, AHIP Seeing Influx of Home Repair Calls
Requests for AHIP’s services spike when extreme weather hits our area….
May 26, 2016
AHIP Partners with Wells Fargo to Fix Couple’s Home
AHIP client family benefits from 60 hours worth of volunteer time and $15,000 in home repair support through the Wells Fargo Team Member Volunteer Program….
April 15, 2016
Groups to Hold Clean-up Event in Orangedale, Prospect Neighborhoods
AHIP partners with City, Mayor Singer, Fifeville Neighborhood Association leaders, and others to hold one-day neighborhood clean-up effort for residents of Orangedale/Prospect….
April 2, 2016
Live Coverage of BRHBA Home Show
WINA Real Estate Matters
Local broker and radio show host Michael Guthrie covers all the happenings from the 2016 BRHBA Home Show, including spending a few minutes with AHIP Executive Director Jennifer Jacobs….
March 26, 2016
Launch of 2016 Safe at Home Campaign
WINA Real Estate Matters
AHIP launches its fifth year of partnering with Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS and Blue Ridge Home Builders Association to support the annual Safe at Home campaign to raise funds and awareness for home repair work for our local community….
March 8, 2016
AHIP Working to Meet Fundraising Goal for Month of March
During March, AHIP is raising support for its emergency repair program, which focuses on small, urgent repairs to keep neighbors safe in their homes….
March 7, 2016
Albemarle County Vying for Million Dollar Housing Grant
AHIP is applying for federal funds through Housing and Urban Development for a Community Development Block Grant to improve housing conditions for more than 30 families in the Alberene neighborhood in southern Albemarle….
March 1, 2016
AHIP Emergency Repair PSA Campaign
Learn more about AHIP’s emergency repair program and why it is such a critical safety net for our neighbors in need….
February 12, 2016
Albemarle Housing Improvement Program: Upgrading Homes, Sustaining Communities
CAAR Real Estate Weekly
A wonderful overview of AHIP’s various home repair programs that serve Charlottesville and Albemarle and the realtor community members who are part of AHIP’s success….
January 31, 2016
Show and Tell C’Ville: Rachel Reynolds
Newsplex’s regular spotlight on local philanthropists features one of AHIP’s staunch volunteers and donors, local REALTOR Rachel Reynolds….
Safe, Affordable Housing Takes Center Stage at AHIP House Party
Lovely recap of highlights from 2015 AHIP House Party Friday, Sept. 25 at Verulam Farm….
November 21, 2015
AHIP, Charlottesville Win Award for Housing Initiative
Continued coverage of being named 2015 Virginia Housing Award recipient….
November 20, 2015
AHIP Awarded 2015 Virginia Governor’s Housing Award
AHIP and the City of Charlottesville have been honored by Governor Terry McAuliffe for the progress made to improving lives of neighbors and preserving homes in the City’s historic 10th and Page neighborhood. They received the 2015 Virginia Housing Award during the annual statewide housing conference in Hampton on Nov. 20….
September 4, 2015
AHIP House Party PSA Campaign
Find out the details for AHIP’s 9th Annual House Party and the sponsoring businesses making it possible to hold an incredible event on Friday, Sept. 24 at Verulam Farm….
July 20, 2015
Charlottesville Looks to Increase Its Support of Affordable Housing
The City of Charlottesville approves budget for coming year’s affordable housing programs, including support for AHIP’s work in the City….
May 22, 2015
Charlottesville Councilors Approve Funding for Homeowner Program
AHIP is collaborating on Piedmont Housing Alliance’s program to help first-time home buyers looking in the Orangedale and Prospect neighborhood. AHIP will provide home repairs to qualifying home buyers….
May 19, 2015
AHIP Rewards Carter Family with Brand New Deck
Local realtors and home builders volunteers to help Carter family replace a dilapidated and dangerous deck….
May 19, 2015
Several Organizations Volunteer to Repair Unsafe Home Conditions
Several Charlottesville City Council members join with CAAR and BRHBA to volunteer for an AHIP client, building a new deck to keep a local family safe at home….
April 5, 2015
AHIP Kicks Off Spring Fundraiser
AHIP is partnering for its fourth year with Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS and Blue Ridge Home Builders Association to ensure low-income homeowners get the home repair help they need….
March 28, 2015
42nd Annual Home and Garden Program
More than 80 vendors were on display at the BRHBA Home & Garden Festival open to the general public for free this year with a request for donations to AHIP….
March 6, 2015
Nonprofit Group Working to Help Central VA. Families Stay Warm
“When the weather is severe, whether it’s heavy rains or severe cold, we see a spike in the calls from the people who need help,” said AHIP Executive Director Jennifer Jacobs….
November 13, 2014
AHIP House Party Proceeds Set New Record – $53,000 Raised for Critical Home Repairs
Real Estate Weekly
Highlights from Eighth Annual House Party to benefit AHIP held on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Morven Farm, including the record-setting fundraising total and 2014 Housing Hero Award recipient Wells Fargo Bank…
September 22, 2014
Interview with AHIP’s Jennifer Jacobs on what to expect at the Eighth Annual House Party…
September 16, 2014
AHIP to Hold 8th Annual House Party
Preview of activities at the Eighth Annual House Party…
September 6, 2014
Real Estate Matters
Updates from AHIP and Women’s Council of REALTORS…
August 7, 2014
AHIP welcomed to show as recipient of Community Awareness Grant given by Charlottesville Radio Group…
July 2, 2014
Bicyclist Raising Awareness for Senior Safety
Local REALTOR Drake Van de Castle launches month-long bicycle ride across Virginia to raise awareness for keeping seniors living safely in their homes longer and raise funds to support local home repair nonprofit AHIP…
May 16, 2014
AHIP Finishing up First Year of “Block by Block” Initiative
Coverage of progress nearly halfway through a two-year project to rehab homes in the City’s 10th and Page neighborhood. On this day on this particular project, students from the UVa School of Architecture were hard at work on a deck for one senior homeowner…
May 14, 2014
Volunteers Come Together to Repair Homes for Seniors
Feature on business partners who volunteer on projects to transform an aging home into like-new again. This day showcases work from local REALTORS and homebuilders…
May 8, 2014
Wells Fargo, AHIP Team Up to Makeover Cville Woman’s Home
A longtime resident of 10th and Page neighborhood of the City will receive extensive updates to her home’s kitchen, windows and paint as a result of a $15,000 donation to AHIP from Wells Fargo Bank…
May 7, 2014
UVa Philanthropy Class Awards Grant Money
AHIP recognized as donation recipient from a UVa philanthropy class…
April 3, 2014
Seniors Safe At Home Program Seeks Donations
Third year of partnership between CAAR, BRHBA, and AHIP seeks to raise $50,000, beginning with outreach at the Home and Garden Festival…
March 11, 2014
Charlottesville Businesses Collect Unclaimed Property Funds
AHIP is one of five businesses that will receive unclaimed funds through re Virginia Treasury’s unclaimed property program, letting them know they were about receive thousands in unclaimed funds…
February 27, 2014
Nonprofit Raises Money to keep Children Safe at Home
AHIP says hundreds of children in our area are living in homes that are unsafe or in need of critical repairs. Now they are working to give those children a safer place to live…
February 26, 2014
StoryWorks – Shirley Smith
Shirley Smith, a Charlottesville native and client of the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP), shares her story about AHIP volunteers making her home safer, more accessible and more energy efficient…
February 13, 2014
Helping Elderly Neighbors Stay Safe at Home
Real Estate Weekly
Last March, a senior citizen named Edith had a very big problem. She filed a claim with her homeowner’s insurance company to get them to fix her roof that had been damaged in a spring storm. But when the agent came out to take a look, he gave her some terrible news…
January 30, 2014
Whole Foods pledges to match donations to AHIP
A Charlottesville-based nonprofit is gaining a little support from Whole Foods. The Albemarle Housing Improvement Program helps make necessary repairs to homes for those who can’t afford them. AHIP held an open house at Whole Foods in Charlottesville Friday to bring awareness to the cause. Whole Foods has pledged to match donations to AHIP up to $1,000…
August 29, 2013
Poor Quality Housing Is Tied to Children’s Emotional and Behavioral Problems
Housing quality and housing stability matter to children’s well-being, according to MacArthur-supported research by Boston College detailed in a How Housing Matters Policy Brief. Living in unsafe or unsanitary homes is related to greater emotional and behavioral problems among children and adolescents, and poor housing quality is also related to poorer school performance for older children…
May 23, 2013
Realtors Give Back
Charlottesville REALTORS® work to empower their community.
Real Estate Weekly
Denise Ramey, a REALTOR® with Roy Wheeler Realty Company, is president of Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR), the voice of real estate in the Central Virginia region. “REALTORS® are encouraged to give back to community,” she says. “Since we are self-employed, there are many different ways of doing this and we have great examples of real estate people who do it just because it’s the right thing to do…
February 5, 2013
Governor McDonnell Announces an Additional $3.9 Million in Community Development Block Grant Funding
Six localities receive Community Improvement Grants for housing rehabilitation, removal of blighted structures and water service projects
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced an additional $3.9 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for six projects in Virginia. The six community improvement projects are in addition to the $6.2 million of funding provided in June 2012. “The Community Development Block Grant program is a multi-faceted program that has led to many successful projects across the Commonwealth,” said Governor McDonnell. “Programs like this improve our communities and raise the quality of life for Virginians…
Now I don’t have to worry about my roof leaking or the wind getting into my house from the old storm door. Thanks so much, AHIP, for giving us a great experience.”
— Rosaleen in Covesville