Charlottesville nonprofits are working together to meet a growing demand for lodging for families of patients at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital.
Some patients travel for hours to reach Charlottesville and may require weeks or months of care and supervision. Several local nonprofits offer housing for patients and their families, but reservations weren’t made in a unified or efficient process. A collaborative of five nonprofits hopes to streamline the process and help families focus on recovery.
“It’s great to see all the housing partners working together,” said Barbara Stevens, vice chairwoman of the board of The Alyssa House, a nonprofit that provides a house in Belmont to patients and families. “Families don’t really realize the magnitude of issues facing them when a medical issue arises, and so having an option for housing can take a huge weight off.”