New tool to find, market housing

The Central Virginia Regional Housing Locator is a new, free resource to help people find a rental home that fits their needs and budget. At a later date, the website will also be a place to advertise houses for sale.

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission introduced the website on Nov. 12 after a year of development. The site caters to families and individuals who need affordable homes and property owners who want to market their properties to people who have the income to qualify.

Louisa County and its neighbors in the commission region contributed financially to the website. The effort to make it live was expedited this year as the coronavirus pandemic struck.

“We knew that for a lot of different reasons, the need to find new rental units would dramatically increase as families would be negatively affected by the pandemic,” said Chip Boyles, TJPDC executive director. “The housing partnership worked diligently to get a product in place to help renters as quickly as possible. The for-sale search tool will also be a great benefit to our area’s first-time homebuyers and we will learn from our renter portal before implementing the for-sale services. This will be a service available to help address our affordable housing needs for years to come.”

The site is free to all users, including property owners who want to list their houses and apartments. Setting up an account is not required for potential renters or buyers, but it is for property owners. 

Access to the site may be found through the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission website at www.tjpdc.org or directly at http://www.socialserve.com/TJRHP. The site is ADA accessible and is mobile device friendly. A multilingual 1-800 call center is available to assist those without immediate access to internet services.

 

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