Housing, Shelter

Partnership for Housing Affordability

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.affordablehousingrichmond.com

Mission Statement

Through coordination, education, and leadership, The Partnership for Housing Affordability (PHA) promotes affordable housing policies that meet the needs of our citizens and strengthen the region's economic vitality, attractiveness, and competitiveness. In March, 2015, PHA presented a long-awaited Housing Readiness Plan.

Main Programs

  1. Regional Housing Plan
  2. Affordable Housing Awareness Week
  3. Richmond Community Development Alliance (RCDA)
Service Areas

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Virginia

Metro Richmond

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Ms. Laura Dillard Lafayette

Keywords

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The Partnership, AHAW, The Partnership for Workforce Homes, Realtors, RAR

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EIN

80-0099199

 Number

7748811670

Also Known As

Partnership for Housing Affordability

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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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.Acting as the Fiscal Agent for the newly-incorporated Maggie Walker Community Land Trust, which is awaiting its 501c3 designation.Coordinating Affordable Housing Awareness Week (AHAW), which is held each April. AHAW raises awareness about local housing affordability issues with educational programs and events, and provides direct service to those in need of affordable shelter by recruiting hundreds of volunteers to work at jobsites hosted by 16 local housing non-profits. In 2015, over 500 volunteers worked at dozens of different local housing non-profit worksites.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.

Programs

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

Program 1

Regional Housing Plan

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, andTracking 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.

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Program 2

Affordable Housing Awareness Week

Affordable Housing Awareness Week shines the spotlight on local affordable housing issues each April, with educational and community events and five days of volunteering, where participants give a "Day's Work for Workforce Housing" at a local housing jobsite. Each year, more than 500 volunteers help at dozens of worksites, making sure that our neighbors in need have a decent, affordable place to call home. For the last several years, AHAW has included "Walking in their Shoes," a program that invites community leaders to assume the identity of someone who might be homeless, and asks them to find their way through the many challenges faced by the homeless population each day, including finding food, shelter and transportation.

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Program 3

Richmond Community Development Alliance (RCDA)

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.

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Virginia

Metro Richmond

Funding 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: Affordable Housing Awareness Week, for volunteer recruitment and registration, education materials, t-shirts, personnel costs and more.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. Volunteers are needed to work at local nonprofit jobsites during Affordable Housing Awareness Week each April. Go to www.affordablehousingrichmond.com for more information.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Principal Officer

Ms. Laura Dillard Lafayette

BIO

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.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. James Napier

Napier Realtors ERA

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2017

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