Virginia Housing Alliance
205 N Robinson Street
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement
The Virginia Housing Alliance (VHA) is a result of a merger between the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH) and the Virginia Housing Coalition (VHC), two statewide advocacy and education nonprofit organizations. VHA was launched on January 1, 2016, with a mission of expanding affordable housing opportunities and ending homelessness throughout the Commonwealth through advocacy, education and collaboration. VHA will continue the important work of the VHC and the VCEH. VHA is overseen by an 18-member Board of Directors.
 
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Sim Wimbush
Board Chair Josh Gemerek
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bay Family Housing - Bay Aging
Contact Information
Address 205 N Robinson Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 840-9981
E-mail vha@vahousingalliance.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1990
Former Names
NameYear
Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness2015
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,029,200.00
Projected Expenses $983,357.00
Statements
Mission
The Virginia Housing Alliance (VHA) is a result of a merger between the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH) and the Virginia Housing Coalition (VHC), two statewide advocacy and education nonprofit organizations. VHA was launched on January 1, 2016, with a mission of expanding affordable housing opportunities and ending homelessness throughout the Commonwealth through advocacy, education and collaboration. VHA will continue the important work of the VHC and the VCEH. VHA is overseen by an 18-member Board of Directors.
 
 
Impact
Accomplishments:
  1. VHA completed its first full year of operation as a fully merged organization.
  2. VHA successfully advocated for an increased investment in the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, resulting in an addition of $1.5 million per year for 2017 and 2018.
  3. VHA successfully launched the Housing Education Learning Partnership (HELP) Center, which will allow for VHA to provide trainings to housing services professionals throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Goals for 2017:
  1. VHA will continue to foster greater collaboration and communication among housing and community development professionals and homelessness service providers in Virginia through integrated trainings, capacity building and networking opportunities.
  2. VHA will double its membership base (currently at 80 members) to approximately 160 members by the end of 2017.
  3. VHA will provide leadership in helping Virginia to reach the goal of a 40% reduction in Chronic Homelessness by 2018.
Needs
VHA's top need is to increase sustainable income sources to support our advocacy work.  Our advocacy work provides high impact, but is both historically and currently, very difficult to fund outside of fundraising and grant funding.

Background

About VHC: The Virginia Housing Coalition was founded in 1981 specifically to support those working to provide affordable housing options in Virginia by influencing and developing public policy, recognizing exemplary achievement and providing education, training and services that made its members more effective in attaining their goals. VHC’s major work included lobbying at the General Assembly for the Housing Trust Fund and other key housing and homeless issues; coordinating Housing Day at the General Assembly; advocating for support for housing programs at the federal level; sponsoring an awards luncheon and a Low Income Housing Tax Credit Conference.

About VCEH: Founded in 1989, VCEH’s mission was to prevent and end homelessness in the Commonwealth of Virginia through community collaboration, capacity building, education and advocacy. VCEH’s major work consisted of training and technical assistance to local continuums of care (CoCs) and conferences such as the Housing Virginia’s Most Vulnerable Conference. VCEH served as an intermediary for a statewide AmeriCorps VISTA project to build CoC capacity and served on the Governor’s Coordinating Council on Homelessness. VCEH also advocated at the State level for funds to support services for homeless veterans and increasing funds for permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing.

Why did the organizations merge?

  • Greater policy impact: VCEH and VHC worked together for many years, especially on state legislative advocacy — such as the Housing Trust Fund. By merging, VHC and VCEH will have a greater impact on policy decisions and resources for housing and homelessness at the state and federal level.
  • Shared focus on affordable housing: More and more, the lines between homeless service providers and housing providers have blurred as many homeless service organizations are creating affordable housing for their clientele and many housing organizations are housing homeless individuals and families.
  • Organizational sustainability: A combined organization will achieve greater operating efficiency and will contribute to enhanced sustainability.
CEO Statement
VHA provides targeted state and federal level advocacy related to housing and homelessness supported by membership dues and foundation grants (when available); housing and homelessness training supported by corporate and foundation grants and registration fees; as well as capacity building and timely information to housing service providers throughout Virginia through fee for service technical assistance contracts, corporate and foundation grants, as well as, corporate and nonprofit sponsorships obtained through our three annual events of an awards luncheon, and two conferences.

 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Statewide
VHA is based in downtown Richmond, but has a statewide advocacy, education and training focus for the entirety of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Board Chair
Board Chair Josh Gemerek
Company Affiliation Bay Family Housing - Bay Aging
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2018
Email jgemerek@bayaging.org
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Joseph Jones
Company Affiliation Virginia Community Development Corporation
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2018
Email jjones@vacdc.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Orlando Artze Orlando Artze Consulting
Bill Barrett Community Volunteer
Allison Bogdanovic Virginia Supportive Housing
Melissa Bondi Enterprise Community Partners
Meghann Cotter Micah Ecumenical Ministries
Andy Friedman VA Beach Dept. of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation
Josh Gemerek Bay Family Housing - Bay Aging
Greta Harris Better Housing Coalition
Joseph Jones Virginia Community Development Corporation
Andy Kegley Helping Overcome Poverty's Existence (HOPE)
Aaru Maat Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Lane Pearson Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Madelyn Peay Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Derrick Perkins Bank of America
Tanya Ross Dominion Resources Services, Inc
Bob Sledd Community Volunteer
Kerrie Wilson Cornerstones
Michael Wong Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 60
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Executive
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Sim Wimbush
Experience
Sim joined the Virginia Housing Alliance as Executive Director in January 2016. Prior to VHA, Sim served as the Associate Director of Housing Development for the Virginia Veteran and Family Support at the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS). In this position, she was co-lead in providing statewide and regional coordination and technical assistance on veteran housing resources and housing policy in Virginia.
 
Additionally, Sim brings to VHA a strong knowledge of Medicaid home and community based services having served as the division of Long Term Care’s subject matter expert on person centered service planning and community integration at the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS). Sim has acquired several years of professional experience from the non-profit sector in conducting community based advocacy, providing case management and crisis intervention services, as well as developing and maintaining interdisciplinary partnerships. Sim holds her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Grinnell College.
 
 
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Rachel Bates Director of Membership and Communications
Zachary Miller Director of Policy
Hunter Snellings Director of Programs
Staff
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 1
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description VHA has an active legislative committee that works year round to form the policy for the organization and move VHA’s issues forward.  Topics of discussion and action range from advocating for increased funding for the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, to educating both state general assembly members and members of the U.S. Congress on the importance of adequate resources to successfully address and end homelessness.

VHA keeps both members and non-members well informed about local, regional, state and federal legislation that can have an impact on front line providers' ability to serve unstably housed, or homeless Virginians through email action alerts and social media postings.

Finally, because VHA believes that the heart of effective advocacy is education, VHA collaborates with other advocacy organizations to host summits, publish reports and combine efforts to educate legislators and other stakeholders on issues that impact the availability of accessible housing and resources to end homelessness in Virginia.
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Budget $68,857.00
Short Term Success An increase in membership to VHA (which directly supports advocacy) by the end of May 2017.  In addition to an increase in membership, also increased participation in advocacy efforts such as our state Housing Day, as well as our Federal Housing Day.

Finally, for our signature advocacy initiative, either obtaining an increase through the General Assembly for the Housing Trust Fund, or defending it from cuts.
Long Term Success Long term success of this program would be that this program is sustainably funded, as well as expanded to include at least three more dedicated staff to provide even more targeted advocacy work and support at the local and regional levels throughout Virginia.

Additionally, one of the ultimate goals of VHA's advocacy program is to obtain a dedicated revenue source for the Housing Trust Fund, so that there will not be a need to continue to go back and ask for additional funding to the Housing Trust Fund every year.  With a dedicated revenue source for the Housing Trust Fund, more housing units can be developed in Virginia that will be accessible to all and more cost effective; and evidence based services can be sustainably funded for community-based homelessness service providers who will be able to reduce the number of people cycling through Virginia jails, hospital emergency rooms and mental health facilities.
Description
Special Initiatives are dedicated projects of VHA that promote housing and reduce homelessness across Virginia.  Through these initiatives, VHA provides technical assistance, coalition building and general guidance to community partners throughout the Commonwealth.

Through Fee for Service Technical Assistance, VHA provides service providers, Continuums of Care (CoCs) and Local Planning Group (LPGs) technical assistance to adapt their programming and retool their staff and resources to respond to the changing homeless services, housing models and funding structures.

 
Population Served Homeless
Budget $310,174.00
Short Term Success By 2018, housing services providers in Virginia will have increased their capacity to offer Permanent Supportive Housing, and therefore contribute to the success of Governor McAuliffe's goal of decreasing chronic homelessness by 40% by 2018.

This would be accomplished by establishing regional learning collaboratives from which current Permanent Supportive Housing providers and new and/or potential Permanent Supportive Housing providers can learn from one another and form a supportive networking cohort to foster better communication and collaboration with each other.  The increased communication and coordination will aid in ensuring that the limited Permanent Supportive Housing resources that are currently available truly go to those who are most vulnerable, with the highest levels of need in an efficient, cost effective and timely manner.
Long Term Success Long term success of both programs would result in the the state of Virginia being able to declare having created a response system and have enough affordable housing units available to declare having functionally ended all forms of homelessness.

Additionally, through targeted technical assistance, the capacity of housing and homelessness service providers throughout Virginia will continue to remain strong so that all programs continue to remain funded at the maximum levels possible under both federal and state funding sources.  This in term would mean that the rates of homelessness in Virginia would continue to decline.
Description

Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) was founded in 1965 as a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs under the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). AmeriCorps VISTA Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative and financial capacity of organizations that fight poverty in communities.

The VHA AmeriCorps VISTA Project provides the human capital necessary to support the transition to a sustainable and more effective homeless response system, while engaging VISTA Members in the causes of, and solutions to, homelessness.  VHA VISTA members serve on-site at Virginia Continuum of Care (CoC) and Local Planning Group (LPG) lead agencies. 

Population Served At-Risk Populations
Budget $204,300.00
Short Term Success Short term goals vary by the host site that has an Americorps Vista member, but can usually range from increase coordination and communication among existing and new community partners, increased efficiency of service delivery as the result of internal capacity building work conducted by the VISTA member, as well as, gaining an additional, qualified staff member dedicated to the mission of the organization as a result of hiring the VISTA full time as the end of their service agreement.
Long Term Success
Ultimate long term success through this program is two part:
  1. Communities throughout Virginia will successfully develop, implement and sustain functional systems that will ensure that homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring in Virginia.
  2. The Affordable Housing and Homelessness Services field in Virginia will continue to gain an infusion of new, dedicated and talented professionals who will have the foundational training and understanding that comes from having served as an Americorps VISTA in local community.
Description
The purpose of the Virginia Housing Education and Learning Partnership (VA-HELP) is to provide a one- stop resource for professional development, training, organizational development and a range of other activities designed to support and strengthen the nonprofit housing industry in Virginia.

To accommodate a variety of schedules and training needs, VA-HELP offers both webinars and in person trainings around the state to make it more convenient for interested parties to access the training they need. VHA also recruit experts in the field to facilitate trainings to guarantee that participants receive a high quality and valuable experience. 
Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $151,292.00
Short Term Success
Short term success of this program will be two part:
  1. The VA-HELP center's brand will expand enough to be able to continuously offer trainings year round throughout the entirety of Virginia and;
  2. Trainings offered will allow for participants to immediately implement strategies within their respective agencies and practice areas. 
Long Term Success
The long term successes for this program are two part:
  1. Overall capacity of affordable housing developers and homelessness service providers will increase in Virginia as a result of remaining up to date on latest industry trends and best practices and;
  2. The Housing Services spectrum industry's overall bench strength will increase due to the continual training and professional development of new generations of housing developers, homeless service providers, advocates and other affiliated stakeholders who work to expand housing opportunities and end homelessness daily in Virginia.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,029,200.00
Projected Expenses $983,357.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$365,378$379,317$296,506
Administration Expense$49,393$46,873$45,466
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.991.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%89%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$119,523$127,859$132,429
Current Assets$118,523$126,859$131,429
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$19$6,579$7,104
Total Net Assets$119,504$121,280$125,325
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6238.0519.2818.50
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View
Comments
Organization Comments The listed IRS status letter was originally issued for Virginia Coalition for the Homeless, Inc (VCEH).  As part of the merger, VCEH's name was changed to Virginia Housing Alliance.  Since 2016, we have officially changed our name with the IRS, so our FEIN is now attached to VHA, and no longer with VCEH.