Housing2Home: A New Program
Funded by ArtPlace America
In summer 2015, The Haven was among 38 recipients of ArtPlace America’s National Grants Program, selected from a pool of nearly 1,300 applicants. ArtPlace, one of the nation’s largest philanthropies dedicated to creative placemaking, is investing $200,000 in Charlottesville to further integrate arts and culture into the field of community planning and development. Housing2Home, a joint program with The Haven's long-time community partner New City Arts, promotes stability among formerly-homeless clients by combining state-funded rental subsidies with creative interventions.
THE PROJECT: Over 25% of the residents of Charlottesville, Virginia live in poverty and over 700 are homeless every year. Despite increased government support for housing and rental subsidies, formerly homeless clients of The Haven have expressed feelings of social isolation in their new homes and find it difficult to adjust to their new communities. Through Housing2Home, The Haven partners with New City Arts Initiative to facilitate homemaking sessions with clients to create a more positive home environment that reflects each client’s needs. We emphasize client choice, with the goal of creating personalized, comfortable and happy spaces and, consequently, more sustainable housing situations.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: The budget for each household is limited, and we do our best to cover furniture and kitchen needs. Donations of home improvement, furniture and kitchen supplies are always needed to help stretch our budgets further.
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