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Virginia Housing Alliance

Expanding housing opportunity and ending homelessness throughout the Commonwealth.

aka VHA   |   Richmond, VA   |  http://vahousingalliance.org/

Mission

The Virginia Housing Alliance (VHA) advocates for the expansion of housing opportunities and ending homelessness throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. As the only statewide voice on affordable housing and homelessness, VHA supports members and the clients they serve through advocacy, education and capacity building. VHA works to ensure that all Virginians have a safe place to call home.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Brian Koziol

Main address

2800 Patterson Avenue, #302

Richmond, VA 23221 USA

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EIN

54-1542730

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Currently, Virginia spends less than one percent of the State budget on affordable housing and homelessness efforts. This does not begin to scratch the surface of what is needed to meet the housing needs of low-income Virginians. The need is dire---there is an estimated statewide shortage of at least 200,000 affordable housing units in Virginia for low-income renters. A report directed by the Virginia General Assembly estimates that annual investments of $1.6B are needed to close the affordable housing supply gap within the next 10 years. This astronomical gap necessitates system-level policy change and intervention. VHA is uniquely positioned to achieve this change by advocating for increases in state-wide funding and legislation to promote affordable housing development and service delivery.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Policy Analysis, Advocacy and Capacity Building

The Virginia Housing Alliance has a mission to expand housing opportunity and end homelessness in Virginia and advances that mission through three major operational areas:

Education--VHA hosts two major conferences each year, Housing Virginia's Most Vulnerable (HVMV) and Housing Credit Conference (HCC). HVMV is Virginia's premier professional development opportunity for housing and homeless-services providers. HCC is designed to educate real estate developers and other interested professionals about the complexities of the low income housing tax credit program, which plays a critical role in the production of new and rehabilitated affordable rental housing in Virginia and across the country.

Advocacy--VHA identifies key issues of concern as well as policy opportunities from members across the Commonwealth in order to develop an annual legislative and policy agenda that addresses state and federal issues. VHA offers online platforms to take action and opportunities to meet with legislators at annual housing events at the General Assembly and in Washington, DC.

Capacity-building--VHA facilitates the statewide Affordable Housing and Homeless-Services AmeriCorps VISTA program. In its seventh year of operation, the program provides 12 AmeriCorps VISTAs to housing and homeless-services organizations throughout Virginia to promote capacity-building efforts in data management, volunteer recruitment and retention, fundraising, and the development of policies and procedures that reflect emerging standards and best practices.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of coalition members

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Policy Analysis, Advocacy and Capacity Building

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

VHA Members

Number of hours of training

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Policy Analysis, Advocacy and Capacity Building

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We facilitated 2,853 hours of professional development for VHA AmeriCorp VISTAs in 2023.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Virginia Housing Alliance (VHA) advocates for the expansion of housing opportunities and ending homelessness throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. As the only statewide voice on affordable housing and homelessness, VHA supports its members and the clients they serve through advocacy, education, and capacity building. Working with our members and national partners, VHAs team develops forward-looking solutions to address housing affordability and end homelessness. Our goal is that every Virginian will have a safe, affordable place to live and thrive.

VHA works to increase the effectiveness of the entire housing sector through capacity building and education. Virginia is fortunate to have a vast and diverse network of organizations working to address these needs and serve their own localities. For these groups to do their work effectively and efficiently, they all need state and federal funding, a workforce pipeline, and continued education and research. VHA is this leader for our sector. We advocate for increased funding in the state budget, in addition to federal funds, legislation and policies to promote affordable housing development and service delivery, and we increase the capacity of our sector through capacity building and education. Through these efforts, we work to shape a future where every Virginian has access to safe and affordable housing.

Virginia Housing Alliance drives its impact through three primary strategies: advocacy, education, and capacity building.

VHA advocates for the expansion of affordable housing opportunities and ending homelessness across Virginia. We do this through a policy framework that understands how to build compromise and relies on the lived experience of low-income Virginians affected by policy decisions. VHAs policy initiatives represent the shared priorities of affordable housing and homelessness organizations across the state. This work is largely driven by a robust legislative committee that convenes year-round to discuss critical issues impacting the development of affordable housing and delivery of housing-related services across the nonprofit continuum. Each year, VHA engages in extensive dialogue with Virginian legislators and maintains close communication with the majority of our congressional delegation. Through dedicated relationship building and educational endeavors, we have achieved remarkable results. To transparently communicate our advocacy priorities, we publish annual legislative agendas that provide a comprehensive overview of our initiatives.

Our education work responds to the diverse and intricate challenges that organizations within our sector grapple with, from supporting vulnerable homeless populations, to managing permanent supportive housing programs, to engaging in affordable housing development. All need to keep up with best practices and emerging trends. VHA helps meet this need through our two annual conferences and a variety of timely, relevant training sessions to ensure that our partners are up to date on the latest in the industry. As we continue to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration, we contribute to the ongoing success of organizations working to expand affordable housing and end homelessness throughout our communities.

Finally, VHA bolsters the capacity of organizations across our sector. Through our AmeriCorps VISTA program, we are preparing the next generation of professionals in our sector and providing Virginias homelessness and affordable housing organizations with the capacity to meet their ever-increasing organizational needs. AmeriCorps VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve at a nonprofit or public agency focused on affordable housing or homelessness services. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight poverty in communities. The need for increased staff capacity is great, and VHA helps deploy professionals to answer the call.

Virginia Housing Alliance is unique as the only organization in Virginia that drives impact across the entire continuum of affordable housing---from homelessness to housing development---and advocates for support of each segment of the sector. As the only statewide voice on affordable housing and homelessness, we support our members and the clients they serve through advocacy, education, and capacity building. Virginia is fortunate to have a vast and diverse network of organizations working to address these needs and serve their own localities. For these groups to do their work effectively and efficiently, they all need state and federal funding, a workforce pipeline, and continued education and research. VHA is this leader for our sector.

Over the past couple of years, Virginia Housing Alliance has seen enormous success through our advocacy, education, and capacity building initiatives. A selection of the VHAs major accomplishments include:

- Grown the Affordable Housing Trust Fund from $11M to $75M annually over 3 years.
- Successfully advocated for the enactment and expansion of a state affordable housing tax credit program, which contributes $60M per year in credits for the development or rehabilitation of affordable housing.
- Successfully advocated for a $30M increase for permanent supportive housing programs for individuals with serious mental illness, behavioral and developmental disabilities, and substance abuse disorders.
- Hosted two members of Congress for site visits at housing non profits in their districts, highlighting our member organizations the successes and needs as they provide housing and support services to those experiencing homelessness.
- Coordinated lobby day activities for attendees from Virginia at both the National Low Income Housing Coalition policy forum and the National Alliance to End Homelessness conference in 2023.
- Sent 5 action alerts to housing advocates across the Commonwealth specifically related to federal housing issues in 2023.
- Published 2 op-eds in the Richmond Times Dispatch and their related media affiliates discussing federal housing priorities in 2023.
- Provided 2,853 hours of professional development spanning the affordable housing spectrum to VHA AmeriCorps VISTA members in 2023.
- Developed a respected workforce-ready pipeline of VHA VISTA members, 12 of which, since 2022, were hired by their Host Site and are currently pursuing long-term careers in affordable housing.
- Coordinated the placement of 29 AmeriCorps VISTA members who delivered technical support, capacity building services, and the sharing of best practices to agencies developing, providing, or otherwise supporting homeless response systems and expanding affordable housing.

This success illustrates the power of the Virginia Housing Alliance to effect lasting change that impacts the lives of countless individuals across the Commonwealth. VHA is the only organization in Virginia that drives impact across the entire continuum of affordable housing from homelessness to housing development and advocates for support of each segment of the sector.

Financials

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Virginia Housing Alliance

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kelly Evans

Institute for Public Health Innovation

Term: 2023 - 2024

Bryan Ailey

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Melissa Bondi

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Madelyn Peay

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Mike Chiappa

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

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