Partnership for Housing Affordability
8975 Three Chopt Road
Richmond VA 23229
Mission Statement

Through coordination, education, and leadership, we champion affordable housing policies and developments that meet the needs of all citizens and strengthen the region’s economic vitality, attractiveness, and competitiveness.

Web and Social Media
Video
Affordable Housing Awareness Week 2014
Multi-Media Comments
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Laura Dillard Lafayette
Board Chair Mr. James Napier
Board Chair Company Affiliation Napier Realtors ERA
Contact Information
Address 8975 Three Chopt Road
Richmond, VA 23229
Telephone 804 422-5085
Fax 804 422-5088
E-mail lbivens@affordablehousingrichmond.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Former Names
NameYear
The Partnership for Workforce Homes2009
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $96,150.00
Projected Expenses $96,150.00
Statements
Mission

Through coordination, education, and leadership, we champion affordable housing policies and developments that meet the needs of all citizens and strengthen the region’s economic vitality, attractiveness, and competitiveness.

Impact

 

 

The Partnership envisions a coordinated, regional approach to affordable housing that has the support of the citizens and elected leadership of the jurisdictions that make up the Richmond metropolitan area. Our most important recent accomplishments include:

 

  • Releasing “Housing the Richmond Region: Needs, Impediments and Strategies” on March 31, 2015. In partnership with the Capital Region Collaborative, PHA hired the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech and the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at VCU to develop this housing plan, which maps housing availability compared to housing need for the Richmond region, and recommends strategies for creating the right housing mix for all of our residents.
  • Incubating the newly-incorporated Maggie Walker Community Land Trust, which received its  501c3 designation in January, 2017.
  • Coordinating the activities of the Richmond Community Development Alliance (RCDA). RCDA hosts regular membership meetings, conducts a retreat for the Executive Directors of local Community Development Corporations and affordable housing nonprofits, and helps to organize networking events.

 

Needs

The Partnership for Housing Affordability needs donations for our programs that help the jurisdictions within the Richmond region to develop affordable housing opportunities, including:

  •  The implementation of our Housing Readiness Plan, which includes presenting the information to local boards, planning commissions and other groups and tracking the plan’s progress.
  • Richmond Community Development Alliance (RCDA) meetings and activities, which help members to speak with a unified voice about housing challenges in Richmond area from homelessness to homeownership.

 


 

Background

In January of 2004, the Richmond Association of REALTORS® partnered with representatives from housing non-profits, the business community, and local governments to launch the Partnership for Workforce Homes. The Partnership’s goal in those early years was to ensure that the creation and maintenance of an adequate supply of workforce housing was a public policy priority in the Richmond region.

Since the beginning, the Partnership’s efforts have been focused on creating an environment where the region’s affordable housing challenges could be met, rather than on building homes. As a result, many of the Partnership’s early efforts focused on the local land use and zoning policies that contributed to the escalating costs of new home construction—costs that priced these homes beyond the reach of many area residents.

But then two things happened that changed the focus of the Partnership. One, in working with other housing non-profits, we recognized the need to expand our conversation, our thoughts, our efforts. So we changed our name to the Partnership for Housing Affordability (PHA) in 2008, and began a more concentrated effort to raise awareness about the full gamut of housing needs from homeless to homeownership. The second shift was in response to changes in the housing market itself. As home sales slowed and home prices turned downward, it became apparent that the preservation of existing housing deserved as much attention as the issues surrounding new construction.

In 2015, in partnership with the Capital Region Collaborative, PHA released its regional housing plan, “Housing the Richmond Region: Needs, Impediments and Strategies,” which evaluates current housing inventory and housing needs, and makes recommendations about how to meet those needs.
 
We are now educating the community about the region's housing needs, tracking the plan’s progress over the next several years, and reporting back to the community.  Forming a community land trust was recommended as a strategy in the regional housing plan, and PHA is currently incubating the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust, which received its 501c3 designation in January 2017. 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. James Napier
Company Affiliation Napier Realtors ERA
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Email jim.napier@napierera.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Nora Amos Town of Ashland
Mr. William Dupler Chesterfield County
Mr. Rodney Hathaway New Kent County
Mr. James Hill City of Richmond
Mr. Thomas Jacobson Virginia Commonwealth University
Mr. David Maloney Hanover County
Mr. James Napier Napier Realtors, ERA
Mr. John O'Reilly Base Camp Realty
Ms. Toni Ostrowski Virginia Housing Development Authority
Ms. Lindy Pond George Mason Mortgage
Ms. Jacqueline Stewart Richmond Regional Planning District Commission
Ms. Candice Streett Virginia Local Initiatives Corporation
Mr. S. Mark Strickler Henrico County
Mr. Craig Toalson Home Building Association of Richmond
Mr. Thomas Wohlfarth Dominion Resources, Inc.
Ms. Barbara Woodburn Village Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 6
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Education
Legislative
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments

 
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Laura Dillard Lafayette
Experience
  

Laura Lafayette oversees the staff and operations of the Partnership for Housing Affordability as its volunteer Executive Director in addition to her duties as the Chief Executive Officer of the Richmond Association of REALTORS. A lifelong Richmond resident, Laura earned her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, and completed graduate work at Yale University before returning to Virginia to serve as Press Secretary for Governor L. Douglas Wilder. She started her career in housing more than 20 years ago with the Association, and serves on the Boards of Directors of several nonprofit housing organizations, including: Housing Virginia, Better Housing Coalition, and Homeward.

 

Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Lynn Bivens Program Director
Ms. Channy Franko Program Director
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 500
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2017
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Housing Virginia
Better Housing Coalition
Boaz and Ruth
Community Housing Partners
ElderHomes
Homeward
Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond
Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity
Rebuilding Together of Richmond
Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation
Virginia Supportive Housing
Richmond Community Development Alliance
Virginia LISC
Urban Hope 
Programs
Description
 

PHA recently released its regional housing plan, “Housing the Richmond Region: Needs, Impediments and Strategies,” which was created by the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, with help from the Center for Housing and Urban Analysis at VCU. This project includes:

 

  • The report, which maps housing availability across the region and identifies impediments to achieving a regional housing inventory that matches the region’s housing needs, and strategies to address these needs,
  • The education of stakeholders across the region about the report findings and how to address the needs it identifies, and
  • Tracking the progress of the plan and providing regular updates to the community.
  • In 2016, PHA became the fiscal agent for the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust. Forming a CLT was a recommended strategy in the regional housing plan.

 

Description PHA coordinates the activities of The Richmond Community Development Alliance (RCDA), which includes members of local Community Development Corporations (CDCs), affordable housing nonprofits, and local government representatives who join together to speak with a unified voice about housing challenges in Richmond area from homelessness to homeownership. Members also share information about their organization’s activities and provide technical assistance.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $96,150.00
Projected Expenses $96,150.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$66,150$125,936$89,339
Administration Expense$35,653----
Fundraising Expense$770----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.120.900.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses64%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$110,206$97,416$110,005
Current Assets$110,206$97,416$110,005
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$20,467----
Total Net Assets$89,739$97,416$110,005
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.38----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 8.2017View