The Haven

Funding Received: 2015
Charlottesville, VA
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

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 express feelings of social isolation in their new homes and find it difficult to adjust to their new communities. Through Housing2Home, The Haven has partnered with New City Arts Initiative to connect formerly homeless clients with local artists and businesses to create a more positive home environment that reflects each client’s needs. The Housing2Home Creative Coordinator works with clients to find furniture, appliances and artwork, as well as to find creative solutions to any homemaking needs.

In August, our Housing2Home program was featured on WVTF, Charlottesville's NPR affliliate station, during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Listen to the story HERE or enjoy the longer version HERE. Most recently we were interviewed on local arts-focused radio program "Home Grown." You can listen to that story HERE.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Jun 7, 2017
Sometimes art is so public—in galleries, in gardens, on exterior walls of buildings—that unless we purchase i t ourselves, we forget that it may go... Read More
In the world of creative placemaking, we often find ourselves talking about housing in terms of “units.” Discussions frequently center around how many housing units...Read more
We at ArtPlace are saddened and angry about the tragic recent events in Charlottesville. It’s hard to know what to say or do in moments...Read more
Danya Sherman began research on the ArtPlace Housing field scan with the hopes of understanding how creative strategies help build sustainable and healthy communities of...Read more