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Transportation and Housing Alliance (THA) Toolkit

Second Edition


The Second Edition of the Transportation and Housing Alliance (THA) Toolkit is now available and ready for use. The Transportation and Housing Alliance (THA) is a statewide initiative in Virginia linking public and private efforts in the areas of housing and transportation. The Toolkit was produced through a grant awarded to the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD). VBPD recognized the important role of Planning District Commissions in developing and using this Toolkit.

Assessment Tool, Model Ordinances, and Common Barriers

New resources have been added to the Transportation and Housing Alliance (THA) Toolkit. These will enable localities to identified any barriers to an inclusive community that current exists in the community and implement policies to address each barrier.

**Update to “Collecting Census Data” Tab

With the release of the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey, the process for collecting the most current census data has changed since the Toolkit Second Edition was published. The following addendum is a guide to collecting this new data:

Supplemental UpdateTransitioning to American Community Survey Data and 2010 Census

The following topics are covered: choosing between the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey, comparing American Community Survey data with 2000 Census data, accessing the data online through the new American Factfinder 2 interface, and accessing American Community Survey data through the original American Factfinder.

The purpose of the Toolkit is to create plans that lead to livable communities for all citizens. The Toolkit provides approaches to assess current housing and transportation needs, project future needs, and identify overlapping issues and opportunities. The THA Toolkit can help give a voice to people who don’t participate in public workshops, who rarely respond to surveys, and who are difficult to reach through formal channels. Including a wide range of needs in the planning process makes it more likely that the resulting plans and investments will work for people with different needs and abilities.

The Toolkit is intended to be used as part of a planning effort for a region, community or neighborhood. It gives planners additional tools to analyze data numerically and through mapping. It also provides a checklist to assess the study area in a variety of dimensions to evaluate the livability and efficiency of its transportation systems, housing stock, and services. The Toolkit can be used:

  • As a part of a locality’s Comprehensive Planning process
  • As part of a community plan or transportation study
  • As an element in the Needs Assessment for people with disabilities
  • To help determine desirable locations for housing or services
  • To evaluate proposed projects and their impact on the surrounding area

The second edition incorporates comments and lessons learned through 12 planning projects utilizing the THA Toolkit through the two-year period between July 1, 2007 and May 29, 2009. The projects applied and tested the Toolkit, and provided valuable input for revisions and enhancements. TJPDC completed three of these projects:

Louisa County Virginia – Community Development

Scope of Work: Complete the Transportation Chapter of Louisa County’s Comprehensive Plan, with considerations to persons with disabilities and those with special transportation needs.
Click here for the Louisa County Final Report

Town of Mineral – Thomas Jefferson Planning District (TJPDC)

Scope of Work: Conduct studies and work to revitalize the Town’s central corridor, with considerations to persons with disabilities and those with special transportation needs.
Click here for the Town of Mineral Final Report

Transition Council – Thomas Jefferson Planning District (TJPDC)

Scope of Work: Combine report with the Disability Service Board’s Needs Assessment, to develop an in depth and comprehensive needs assessment of the region regarding people with disabilities. Click here for the Transition Council Final Report

Locust Hill RDC, LLC

Scope of Work: To carry out a market study for a proposed affordable housing apartment project for people with disabilities in the Madison Heights area of the Lynchburg MSA. Lakeview Commons is a proposed 22 to 24 unit apartment project, funded through an allocation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits through the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA). All units will be accessible. Click here for the Housing Market Study,
Click here to view profile of approved apartment building

George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC)

Scope of Work: Demographic analysis of the GWRC district to identify at least one community with a high concentration of people with disabilities as residents. After identifying the “hotspots” in each of the five jurisdictions, the disability Resource Center and Rappahannock Regional Disability Services Board will asses those communities to identify barriers to mobility and an improvement to address those barriers. Click here for GWRC Final Report,
Click here for Appendix-Demographic Profile

Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission (RRRC)

Scope of Work: RRRC shall utilize the THA Toolkit to enhance the regional Coordinated Human Services Mobility (CHSM) Plan, in order to generate public policy and infrastructure changes that will improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, older adults, and low-income residents of the region. Click here for CHSM executive summary,
Click here for RRRC Final Report

New River Valley Planning District Commission (NRVPDC)

Scope of Work: NRVPDC is using the THA Toolkit as part of the NRV – Employment Mobility Study to address rural gaps in transportation by providing semi-fixed route services. Click here for NRVPDC Final Report

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia – The Center for Aging

Scope of Work: Utilize the THA Toolkit to develop a plan leading to a pilot transportation project for Norfolk and policy recommendations on affordable housing.

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia – The Center for Aging

Scope of Work: To create a 10 year regional plan that defines public policy, provides practical guidelines; and promotes successful models to increase the region’s capacity to address housing, transportation and access to services in Hampton Roads for seniors and people with disabilities.

Roanoke Valley – Alleghany Regional Commission

Scope of Work: Create a Comprehensive Plan for the City of Covington that includes consideration of persons with disabilities and their interrelated needs of transportation, housing and employment. Click here for RVARC Final Report

Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC)

Scope of Work: To carry out tasks as part of a transit study to use GIS data to determine the needs and demand for transit services in the City of Waynesboro. This will identify current and projected public transit mobility needs in the city. It will also identify the range of transit options that could best meet those needs. Click here for CSPDC Final Report

Junction Center for Independent Living

Scope of Work: To encourage and facility the use of the THA Toolkit by localities in the LENOWISCO Planning District, to provide an understanding of housing resources to consumer and advocates, and to provide technical assistance to local housing offices, local planning authorities and local HUD offices in the LENOWISCO Planning District.

The second edition also includes a series of Fact Sheets providing specific guidance on using the Toolkit in a variety of planning efforts. Fact sheet topics include:

For more information on the Toolkit, call or e-mail Billie Campbell at 434-979-7310 ext. 230 or


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Table of Contents
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1 Getting Started
492 KB
2 Collecting the Data
4.22 MB
-2010 Census Update
1.09 MB
3 Mapping the Data
18.82 MB
4 Assessing the Needs
585 KB
5 Meeting the Needs
1.89 MB
6 Accessibility Guidelines
4.45 MB
Toolkit Cover/Spine
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Toolkit Dividers
3.38 MB

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