Our Vision

The Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless (TJACH) aims to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring in our community. TJACH works to reduce homelessness by initiating creative solutions and coordinating regional resources and services. TJACH is the HUD-designated coordinator of the Continuum of Care for this community, supporting system improvement and collaboration to ensure a secure safety net for the homeless and very poor. The Service Provider Council, a committee of TJACH's Board of Directors, provides a forum in which providers share information and address concerns.
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Governance

The Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless is supported and guided by a formal Governance Charter, adopted by the board on 11-26-13, 2013. Board members serve three year terms and represent area service providers, currently or formerly homeless individuals, local government, the faith community and other areas of expertise or influence needed by the coalition. Click here to see the TJACH Governance Charter. The TJACH Governance Board meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 10:00am - 12:00pm in the conference room at the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission offices on 4th Street and Water Street. Click Here to View The Current Board Members

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Learn about what we do, how we do it, and how you can participate in our vision.

Community Plan to End Homelessness
The Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless adopted a significantly revised community plan to end homelessness on March 25, 2015. This three year strategic plan was accepted by the City of Charlottesville City Council on April 20, 2015. TJACH seeks to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring in the city of Charlottesville and counties of Albemarle, Louisa, Fluvanna, Nelson and Greene. MORE...
Rapid Re-housing
Rapid Re-Housing is a financial assistance program aimed at preventing individuals and families from becoming homeless and helping those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. Rapid Re-Housing is a Housing First strategy - a process whereby a housing crisis is addressed immediately, without waiting for or requiring that clients resolve any other issues. This is practical - people are in a better position to address complicated or chronic problems when they are safely housed. MORE...
Funding Opportunities
Funding for homelessness prevention and intervention activities is available from private funders, local government, State of Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Members of the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless agree to identify available funding resources and determine, as a community, which area programs should seek funding support based on outstanding local need and eligibility requirements. MORE...
Homelessness Prevention
It is the intent of the Prevention Program to divert households from entering the shelter system. To that end, prevention services will be provided to those with the highest priority status. Traditional rental assistance, when other mainstream resources are available, or when family and friends may provide shelter, should not be expected from the Prevention Program. Households completing a Coordinated Assessment Packet, or presenting for shelter, should be assessed for possible prevention services. MORE...
The Service Provider Council
The Service Provider Council is a group of representatives from area social service agencies that provide critical prevention and intervention services to the homeless and very poor of Central Virginia. The Service Provider Council meets monthly to identify ways to improve the system of care for the homeless of our community by avoiding duplication of services, filling in gaps in the safety net and sharing information. Meetings occur on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:00pm to 2:30pm at Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire, Charlottesville, VA. All are welcome! MORE...
Coordinated Assessment Process
TJACH actively promotes the use of a uniform assessment strategy for our community. A coordinated assessment process ensures that all service providers are collecting the same demographic, client history and housing barrier information at the time of intake. Coalition members have agreed to use a coordinated assessment packet as part of this strategy. The coordinated assessment packet includes a standard intake sheet, a housing barrier assessment, authorization to enter data into HMIS, and a release of information authorizing members of the system of care to share information and coordinate services on behalf of the individual or family experiencing homelessness. MORE...

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Housing & Homelessness Symposium

Many thanks to the City of Charlottesville Housing Advisory Council and UVA’s Batten School for their help in sponsoring the 2015 Housing & Homelessness Symposium! It was a great success with over 100 community stakeholders in attendance including homelessness and housing service providers, local funders, community leaders and advocates. Our speakers were full of good […]

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New Coordinated Assessment Process

After many stakeholder meetings and significant research, TJACH has identified a new tool for assessing households for homelessness resources. The new Coordinated Access Packet includes: 1) A cover sheet identifying the components of the Coordinated Access Packet 2) Pre-screening questions to help service providers determine whether they should complete a Coordinated Access Packet 3) Demographic […]

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Spring for Housing

TJACH is coordinating a special housing surge this spring, called Spring for Housing. With funds from the City of Charlottesville’s Affordable Housing Fund, TJACH will rapidly re-house 21 vulnerable households experiencing homelessness. Using U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development, TJACH will house an additional 10 […]

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Team

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Erin Briggs Yates

Erin Briggs Yates

Executive Director

Dedicated. Determined. Community First.

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P.O. Box 34 Charlottesville, VA 22902
Erin Briggs Yates executive director
E-mail: executivedirector@tjach.org Phone: 434-973-1234 x 120