Showcasing our community initiatives and involvement across our Ting Towns.
The history of The Haven
The Haven is a day shelter and housing social service provider located in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. This multi-resource center offers respite services and housing assistance and is committed to the ethos that the solution to homelessness is housing.
The Haven started as the coming together of several different community groups including a group of concerned community members, the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless and Tom Shadyac, a University of Virginia alumnus and filmmaker.
Tom and his crew were in Charlottesville in 2005 shooting a film and got to know many of the people experiencing homelessness in the area. Moved by their needs, he connected with project managers, community leaders and the TJACH to come up with a concept for a downtown shelter. In 2010, The Haven opened its doors as a community day shelter.