Sentara Cares Provides $55,000 to Support Piedmont Housing Alliance’s Resident Services Programming
Charlottesville, VA – Sentara has provided a recent grant to Piedmont Housing Alliance totaling $55,000. This funding goes directly to supporting health outcomes in our affordable housing communities through our resident services programming, in the areas of food security, behavioral health, and community engagement. Housing stability is foundational to positive health outcomes, and lies at the heart of Piedmont’s mission, values, and goals.
Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA) currently manages 700+ units of affordable housing, both rural and urban, across the Charlottesville region. This number reflects over 100% growth in recent years. Over the next four years, this number is projected to surge past 1,000 units. This deliberate growth strategy is a clear response to the ringing bell of demonstrated community need. PHA has also pursued an equally purposeful effort to develop internal resident support services. These efforts have focused on establishing an inhouse Eviction Prevention Program (EPP) as well as broad coordination of healthy food resources for clients. In the COVID era, the demand on these programs has grown acutely and has merged with a rising need for increased service coordination with partner agencies, particularly mental health-related services for residents under increasing stress. Sentara funding will support a robust resident services program during a critical period of rapid growth.
Sentara’s commitment to improvement in community health outcomes will bear fruit for our residents & neighbors. Improving food security in our communities, providing direct supportive services, and improving community-based programs all create healthier, stronger communities.