How the Housing Crisis Affects Food Security in Charlottesville, VA

Research Paper
Author:Shook, BrittanyUniversity of Virginia

Food insecurity afflicts one in eight American households and that number is higher in Charlottesville, where over one in six residents are food insecure. Inextricably tied to food security are issues of housing and transportation, an intersection dubbed the housing-transportation-food affordability nexus. If rent prices and property tax increase, then there will be less money available for purchasing food. If you do not own a car or a city lacks adequate public transit, then access to grocery stores is likely to be limited. Likewise, planners have largely neglected to focus on all three factors when designing affordable cities. This paper evaluates the housing-transportation-food nexus in the context of Charlottesville, particularly in regards to the Westhaven and 10th & Page community. 10th & Page is a low-income community which has been especially affected by gentrification and the Charlottesville affordable housing crisis. Likewise, this strain on housing has raised housing costs throughout Charlottesville, and particularly in the 10th & Page neighborhood. The increased rental prices and property tax negatively affect food security among these residents.

food security, housing, Charlottesville, Westhaven, 10th & Page
University of Virginia
Published Date:
December 17, 2019