Community Attention

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Community Attention is the division of Charlottesville's social services department that specializes in programs geared to at-risk youth from the ages of 10 to 18[1]. Founded in 1971[2], Community Attention is a fee-based program with primary funding coming from the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act (VJCCCA) and the Comprehensive Services Act (CSA).

Executive Director Heather Kellams was recognized for her service in 2010 when she was named as one of the Daily Progress' "Distinguished Dozen"[3].



There was a structuring this year due to a reduction in funding from the Virginia government. This included consolidation of two group homes into one. [4]


In the fall of 2011, the group received a $222,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for an emergency shelter for runaways. [5][dead link]


  1. Web. [1], City of Charlottesville, retrieved December 28, 2010.
  2. Web. About Us, City of Charlottesville, retrieved December 28, 2010.
  3. Web. A Distinguished Dozen: Heather Kellams, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 27, 2010, retrieved December 28, 2010.
  4. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, June 17, 1991.. . Also available in older archive.
  5. Web. November 21, 2011 City Council Agenda, City of Charlottesville, Page 2, retrieved November 21, 2011.

External Links

Official site