Determined Series

Determined Epilogue: A conversation with Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker 

Determined Epilogue: A conversation with Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker 

In closing the Determined series, we wanted readers to hear from Mayor Nikuyah Walker. Born and raised in Charlottesville, and having devoted much of her life to serving others, Walker is in a unique position that affords her daily conversations with the region’s most determined residents, and those who are often not prioritized by our systems and structures. She is also the only Black official on either the City Council or the Board of Supervisors.

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Determined to Be Free

Determined to Be Free

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, at least twice a week Home to Hope staff went to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (ACRJ) to talk with inmates about their upcoming release — to develop short and long term goals, and discuss what’s called a Wellness Recovery Access Plan (WRAP).

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Determined to Thrive

Determined to Thrive

In the face of relentlessly racist and discriminatory practices, Black residents have been looking out for one another for centuries. Mutual aid is an old and revered practice in the greater Charlottesville region’s African American history from the Piedmont Industrial Land Improvement Co. that served as a shareholding, credit lending, community organizing and property purchasing organization.

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Determined to Stay

Determined to Stay

Charlottesville has been in an affordable housing crisis for years now, made more imperative because of longstanding racial and economic systems of segregation that have denied successful life outcomes to many generations of Black residents while gifting many white residents with wide-ranging structural and policy supports.

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Determined to be Nourished

Determined to be Nourished

Access to healthy and affordable foods — or food security — is an essential piece of the broader Social Determinants of Health, impacting everything from physical health and mental development, to one’s educational, financial and employment outcomes.

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