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Homelessness continues to be a problem in Charlottesville. In 2009, the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless found that there were 232 homeless individuals in the region during its 2009 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count. That number increased to 274 people, as measured on January 26, 2010[1].


An organization called People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry operates a seasonal emergency shelter.

The City of Charlottesville has contributed to the capital costs of a 60-unit single room occupancy facility to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Preston Avenue.

Another service for the homeless is the Haven at First and Market, a day shelter and community center that was built into a former church.

NDRA concerns

  • In the fall of 2012, the North Downtown Residents Association conducted a report on homelessness in Charlottesville and on the Downtown Mall in particular. The NDRA called for the city to pass ordinances banning profanity and sitting or lying within ten feet of buildings. The Rutherford Institute's John Whitehead wrote in his report that "the proposals contained in the NDRA report are at once unnecessary and rife with legal pitfalls." [2]

External links


  1. Dixit, Rachana. "Homeless Numbers Rise amid Slump | Charlottesville Daily Progress." Charlottesville Daily Progress. 7 Apr. 2010. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. <http://www2.dailyprogress.com/cdp/news/local/article/homeless_numbers_rise_amid_slump/54521/>.
  2. Web. Response to North Downtown Residents Association report, John Whitehead, Rutherford Institute, November 21, 2012, retrieved November 26, 2012.