Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

ARIZONA HOUSING COALITION

Speaking Up for Home and Hope

aka Arizona StandDown; Project H3; Project H3 VETS   |   Phoenix, AZ   |  www.azhousingcoalition.org

Mission

The Arizona Housing Coalition is a collaborative association that leads in the efforts to end homelessness and advocate for safe, affordable homes for all Arizonans.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Joan Serviss

Main address

1495 East Osborn Road

Phoenix, AZ 85014 USA

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EIN

86-0909029

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Professional Societies, Associations (P03)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the early 1990s, organizations seeking to end homelessness decided to work together to share knowledge and speak in a unified voice to bring more solutions to those who were impacted by homelessness. Over time, organizations focused on bringing more affordable housing to Arizona sought to amplify their efforts and began to collaborate as well. The Arizona Housing Coalition is now the largest housing stability advocacy organization in the state, with more than 200 member organizations, national partners and dedicated volunteers, all working together to provide every Arizonan with a safe, affordable place to call home.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Arizona Veteran Standdown Alliance

The Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance (AVSA) is a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition which holds annual events and resource fairs in 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties, plus 8 additional locations to serve the apache reservation. This also inlcudes the nation's largest event of its kind, the annual Maricopa County StandDown. These StandDown events and resource fairs allow veterans and their families who are experiencing housing instability and homelessness to get and stay connected to supportive services.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Budget
$291,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

In 2017, the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness and the Arizona Housing Alliance merged to create the Arizona Housing Coalition. The Arizona Housing Coalition has ambitious plans for 2019/2020. We will continue our leadership in: • Public Policy Advocacy: AZHC will continue to work with local groups to monitor and respond to local, state, and federal policies and laws that affect individuals and families experiencing housing instability and homelessness. After our success in securing a one-time increase in the state housing trust fund in 2019, we will renew our advocacy for restoring the fund to its pre-recession level. • Increasing Awareness: AZHC is the leading statewide voice on the issues of affordable and housing homelessness. We elevate these critical issues through public awareness by sharing the facts and faces of the men, women, children and veterans experiencing homelessness and housing instability in our state. • Assisting the Community: AZHC provides technical assistance to local communities and agencies that are responding to homelessness and creating affordable housing, using research and data to discover what works for different populations in our state. • Annual Statewide Conference: AZHC hosts a sell-out annual conference on homelessness and affordable housing, featuring prominent keynote speakers and more than 60 breakout sessions on issues and innovations from the field. The conference is an unparalleled opportunity for peer support and networking among Arizona’s leaders in affordable housing and homeless services. • Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance: AZHC coordinates the Arizona Veteran StandDown Alliance, which holds annual events in 13 Arizona counties, including the expansion of seven outreach events supporting the Tohono O’odham Nation. StandDown resource fairs allow veterans and their families who are experiencing housing instability and homelessness to get and stay connected to supportive services. The Maricopa County StandDown is the nation’s largest. Our new innovations include: • Best Practices Toolkit: We are developing a toolkit for our members that will outline and define best practices in local-level advocacy, including case studies and fact sheets for use in implementing these promising practices at the various municipal levels to increase the affordable housing supply and to respond to the crisis of homelessness. • Rapid Response Network: As part of our efforts to raise awareness of homelessness and affordable housing, we are building our capacity to respond to critical issues facing the industry. This entails strategically broadening our board, membership, and partnerships to respond to media inquiries, legislative proposals, and community awareness in a timely and coordinated manner.

The Arizona Housing Coalition is led by its volunteer Board of Directors, a group of experts within their respective fields covering a wide range of talent from the private, public and nonprofit sectors across the state. Board Members have a fiduciary and governance responsibility to the organization and set the mission, vision and strategy of the organization. Many of our strongest leaders in affordable housing and ending homelessness are serving or have served on this distinguished Board. Preceding the exploratory work and preparation that occurred before the merger, the separate entities and continuing under the Arizona Housing Coalition leadership, we've held strategic conversations about who the Coalition's primary customer is, given the desire to be a professional association for our membership. Often times, individuals experiencing a housing instability call upon AZHC to respond to their housing crisis. Yet, our primary "customer'' is our membership - individual advocates, organizations, and direct service professionals in the homeless service provider and affordable housing industry. Our members help guide the priorities, benefits, and offerings of the Coalition. If successful in our efforts, the individual experiencing a housing crisis is an indirect beneficiary of our work to increase resources in our state's response to homelessness and increased affordable housing.

* EDUCATE: Homeless services and affordable housing development are constantly evolving with policy and industry changes.l To meet these needs, we provide members with exclusive education, training, and networking opportunities. * ADVOCATE: We are committed to champion funding priorities focused on increased development of affordable housing and the aligning of resources, which address homelessness and the housing instability. We keep our more than 200 plus members informed about important policy, regulatory changes, and bills at the local, state, and national levels, and activate our membership on policy issues. * COLLABORATE: We strive to collaborate with other organizations in order to increase the supply of affordable homes and build capacity among service providers in an effort to end homelessness. Education and awareness are central to our mission and our work. It is the goal of the Coalition to provide training and educational events on timely issues in affordable housing and homeless services in an effort to assist in the development of a highly-trained workforce, equipped with best practices in ending homelessness and creating and preserving more affordable housing opportunities in Arizona. The Coalition proudly provides many education and training opportunities throughout the year, including signature training offerings and educational training partnerships: F/SPDAT v4.0 Training (in Maricopa County only. Willingness to support the remaining Continuums of Care (COCs) in assuring continually community-wide training's)); Quarterly Member Meeting with varied training topics, as well as networking opportunities; Annual Statewide Conference on Affordable Housing and Ending Homelessness. The Coalition is proud to host our sell-out Annual Statewide Conference on Affordable Housing and Ending Homelessness. As the premier training and networking event for the affordable housing and homeless service industries in Arizona, this event attracts approximately 500-600 participants annually from the public and private sectors. The event showcases dynamic speakers and prominent leaders, features sessions focused on innovative best practices and solution, includes and awards ceremony to honor excellent in our communities, and is an unparalleled opportunity for peer support and networking among Arizona's leaders in affordable housing and homeless services. The Coalition is proud to be the lead coordinating agency of the Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, a program which hosts annual events and resource fairs in 13 of the Arizona's 15 counties, plus 8 additional rural areas serving the Apache reservations. These StandDown events and resource fairs allow veterans and their families who are experiencing housing instability and homelessness to get and stay connected to supportive services.

The Arizona Housing Coalition is committed to meeting the continuing education needs of our membership. We regularly survey the Coalition's membership and stakeholders to identify what skills are needed of the provider workforce in the response to a housing crisis. We then use that information to seek out subject matter experts (SME) locally and nationally and convene learning opportunities for our statewide members and stakeholders. The Arizona Housing Coalition supports the communities' move toward data-driven decision making through systems performance measures while also supporting the communities' desire to respect client confidentiality. As such, we are committed to working alongside leaders at Crisis Response Network, who oversee Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), to secure aggregate data on the many different populations experiencing homelessness, to use that to better inform not only the Coalition's work, but also to better inform our policy priorities, learning offerings, community awareness activities, and research portfolio. Additionally, being responsive to our members' and community's needs, we host regular forums and meetings. We convene: * A low income housing tax credit qualified allocation plan work group, to seek feedback on the annual qualified allocation plan prepared by the AZ Department of Housing; * A monthly legislative committee meeting (bi-weekly during the state legislative session) to inform our members on legislative proposals and seek our members' engagement on advocacy activities; * An annual 'Day at the Capitol' event for our members and interested stakeholders to familiarize themselves with legislative happenings; * Ad-hoc events like 2019 Phoenix Mayoral Candidate Forum on Housing, Healthcare and Homelessness; First-time Homebuyer Event; and a recent post-card writing event to submit comments on proposals b HUD impacting our members' clients.

* Advocacy Wins: State invests $15MM in housing budget * Statewide Impact: 2,500 plus veterans attend StandDown * Learning to Serve: Training for 1,000 plus housing advocates *Elevating the conversation of affordable housing and homelessness in our state, and being the media's go-to resource on issues in our sector

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), community meetings/town halls.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: we don't actively use collected feedback.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ARIZONA HOUSING COALITION

Board of directors
as of 11/12/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Gloria Munoz

Housing Authority of Maricopa County


Board co-chair

Nicky Stevens

City of Tempe

Pedro Cons

Chicanos Por La Causa

Patricia Duarte

Trelliz

Margaret Kilman

Corporation for Supportive Housing

Andrew Loubert

Community Reinvestment Solutions

Laurie Mazerbo

Our Family Services

Devonna McLaughlin

Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona, Inc.

Humphrey Shin

FirstBank

Brian Swanton

Gorman & Company

Jim Tofel

Tofel Dent Construction

Brad Bridwell

Cantwell-Anderson

Marci Rosenberg

Lazarus, Silvyn & Bangs, PC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/11/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Keywords

Arizona, Educate, Advocate, Collaborate