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Despite new Habitat development, affordable housing in area still scarce
The Daily Progress Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 9 p.m.
Holly Wood’s story is similar to many who work within the region’s urban core. Three years ago, her family moved from Charlottesville to Nelson County after their monthly rent increased by $300. But the daily commute to the city and cost of routine vehicle maintenance didn’t make much of an overall difference on their finances.
It’s a symptom of what some think is an affordable housing crisis in the city and portions of Albemarle County — a situation that could possibly be the root of other development- and community related challenges.
Wood’s family of five will soon be moving back to the city, however.
After reaching out to Habitat of Humanity of Greater Charlottesville in spring 2016, Wood’s 3-year-old son was chosen to select a new home for purchase this month in the new Lochlyn Hill development near Pen Park.

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