The Regional Housing Study and Needs Assessment is the first step in the strategic planning process for the Regional Housing Partnership of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission.  The analysis distinguishes between the urban area, which includes the City of Charlottesville and the Development Areas of Albemarle County designated for growth, and the rural area, which includes the rest of Albemarle County an all of Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson counties.  This regional housing analysis will inform the second phase of the process, which is to recommend housing strategies for each county and for the region that will address key issues impacting housing affordability.