They’re often called, ‘the new old fashioned neighborhoods of the future’ planned communities, where the focus is on collaboration, cooperation and sustainability.  It’s an idea that came from Denmark and it’s beginning to take hold in Virginia. 

“This is sort of the periphery of the building area, the actual building area is a little further in.”

Art Turns Housing into Homes

Aug 25, 2015

Shelter is a big problem for many people in Virginia. Up to 40,000 may be homeless for some period of time during any given year, with many cycling through housing and back to the streets.

Now, a Central Virginia group is using art and interior design to attack the problem.

The Haven day shelter is one block from the popular pedestrian mall in Charlottesville, in a stately, brown-brick church built in 1837. The sign out front reads, “The Haven, everyone needs a place to start.”


Under many rental agreements, tenants sign off on a provision that allows housing managers and staff to enter a home to address concerns or inspect the premises.  Now state lawmakers are weighing whether such agreements should be extended to homes that are actually OWNED by tenants-- who are leasing a lot. 


It’s unlawful for landlords to evict tenants for taking legal action or notifying authorities about uninhabitable conditions, but tenants may have little recourse under current state law.  As Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, proposed legislation would make it less difficult for tenants to win a case if retaliation is a cause of eviction.

Tenants have a right to decent conditions, but the Virginia Poverty Law Center’s Christie Marra says fear of losing their home makes them afraid to assert those rights. 

Annual Population Report

Jan 28, 2014

Population growth in Virginia slowed last year—but the commonwealth still outpaced the nation.

Between 2012 and 2013, Virginia’s population grew less than 1-percent, to nearly 8-point-3 million people.  That’s the slowest growth in the state since the recession….but still higher than the national average.