Williams-Sterling Foundation

aka WSF   |   Lignum, VA   |  http://www.williamssterlingfoundation.com

Mission

The HWHP is about changing the lives of our warfighters & their families, providing Veterans access to earned resources to end their homelessness. While providing the advocacy they need to transition them back into our society and workforce. The HWHP will serve homeless veterans and very low-income Veteran families who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The WSF will redevelop, re-purpose and/or restore severely distressed properties acquired from Wells Fargo's CUSP and/or to purchased from Department of Veteran Affairs for use as transitional and/or permanent rental housing. The WSF will work with the federal government's HUD-VASH program to secure government subsidized rental agreements for homeless veterans and their families.

Ruling year info

2012

Trustee

Mr. James H. Williams

Director of Operations

Mr. HAROLD R. WILLIAMS

Main address

21153 Gibson's Lane

Lignum, VA 22726 USA

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EIN

20-8827563

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Community Foundations (T31)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Provide the Department of Veteran Affairs and the homeless community with solutions to end homelessness via banking institutions who have developed mission statements that help revitalize neighborhoods by donating properties through their Community & Urban Stabilization Programs (CUSP). Through CUSP, nonprofit organizations may receive REO donation properties to be used to further their missions.

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?

Homeless Warriors Housing Program

The WSF has been approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs to participate in their VA homeless sales program. In a like manner, the WSF has been approved to participate in Wells Fargo's property donation program under their REO Community Development Community & Stabilization Program.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2010

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our goal is to implement social good that is clear, recognizable and relevant.

NPO's who are property owners can play a key role honoring those who have served our country by working with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and non-profit organizations serving veterans to make their rental units available to veterans who have experienced homelessness and are participating in the Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) or Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) programs.

Likewise, in the private sector, solutions are created by collaborating with banking institutions who have developed mission statements that help revitalize neighborhoods by donating properties through their Community & Urban Stabilization Programs (CUSP). Through CUSP, nonprofit organizations may receive REO donation properties to be used to further their missions.

Having obtained certifications into both these type of programs, the WSF has created and nurtured a three-pronged long-term case management, supportive services and permanent housing mechanism.

First, we understand the mechanism required to acquire real estate properties in furtherance of the HWHP mission to provide safe, decent and affordable housing.

Second, we understand the case management mechanism required to locate our targeted female and homeless veterans.

Third, we understand the supportive services mechanism required to assist with rent payments in order to obtain and sustain permanent independent community housing.

These mechanisms are the foundation and cornerstone to the WSF's Homeless Warriors Housing Program.

Homeless Warriors Housing Program:
The program employs a housing first model, an approach which centers on providing homeless Veterans with transition and permanent housing benefits and services as needed.

Impact to reduce homelessness among veterans will be seen by implementing social entrepreneurial, federal, state and local community-based partnerships that support housing opportunities and have strategies targeting veteran homelessness.

Homeless Housing Fact:
No veteran should experience homelessness, and thanks to important actions at the Federal, state and local levels, ending veteran homelessness is an achievable goal, but there is more work to do. In January 2016, 39,471 veterans were experiencing homelessness in the United States, and veterans accounted for more than 8 percent of all adults facing homelessness. Achieving this goal requires a community-wide response to provide access to rental units for veterans that are exiting homelessness, especially in high-cost and tight rental markets. There is still a need for property owners to make units available for veterans who may experience homelessness in the future.

HWHP Solution:
WSF is an approved Department of Veteran Affairs (“VA") to participant in its VA foreclosed home sales program. This program sells VA-foreclosed properties to homeless provider organizations at a discount for use as transitional housing for homeless veterans.

Homeless Housing Fact:
One pronounced problem faced by homeless vets is that land lords are reluctant to rent to homeless persons or persons with invisible injuries. A recent study found almost 6,200 homeless veterans in Washington D.C. who had government vouchers designed to cover their rent had been unable to locate property owners that would accept them. In addition, there is a severe lack of affordable housing available to veterans across the two states (Maryland and Virginia) and in the District of Columbia, which further compounds the problem.

HWHP Solution:
Through WSF's Homeless Warriors Housing Program, the WSF will redevelop, re-purpose and/or restore severely distressed properties acquired from Wells Fargo's CUSP and/or to purchased from Department of Veteran Affairs for use as transitional and/or permanent rental housing for our nations homeless veterans and their families. Upon completion of each property's housing project, the WSF will work with the federal government's HUD-VASH program to secure government subsidized rental agreements for homeless veterans and their families. HUD-VASH is a collaborative program between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD") and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help veterans and their families find and sustain permanent housing. In addition, some public housing authorities choose to use portions of their HUD-VASH allocations for project-based assistance, enabling the creation of new permanent supportive housing units.

The WSF will be working with our community partners, whereby combining our complementary talents, experience and capabilities, we will acquire and receive properties, then renovate them as single family dwellings to use as transitional and/or permanent housing for our nations homeless veterans and their families.

WSF currently has title to seven  (7) properties in the Commonwealth of Virginia:

Roanoke, Virginia Properties:Wells Fargo Community & Urban Stabilization Program Donation

1302 Lafayette Blvd., NW Roanoke, VA- 2194 sq./ft., 5 bedroom, multi-family housing structure
Lot 21 Blk 19VILLAHTS
Tax Map No # 243208

0 Lafayette Blvd., NW Roanoke, VA- vacant land
Lot 20 BLK 19 VILLA HTS
Tax Map No #243209

PROPERTY SCOPE / TIMELINE
The WSF plans to commence with the renovation and development of the two properties located in Roanoke, Virginia. It is anticipated that this property at completion will be used to house four (4) of our nations homeless veterans and their families. Phase 1 will be the restoration of the
existing structure. This will house two (2) of our nations homeless veterans and their families. At Phase 2 of this project, a second structure will be built adjacent to Phase 1 which will also house two (2) of our nations homeless veterans and their families

Bassett, Virginia Properties: Wells Fargo Community & Urban Stabilization Program

County of Henry, Commonwealth of Virginia
3535 Bassett Heights Extension, Bassett, VA- 11275 sq./ft., 3 bedroom, housing structure Lot 105Map Book 37Page 60Clerk's Office, Circuit County of Henry County, Virginia Tax ID No.# 135400002

PROPERTY SCOPE / TIMELINE

This property and its project scope is currently under development and evaluation.

Clifton Forge, Virginia Properties: Philanthropic Donation/Private Purchase

Alleghany County, Virginia
408 Keswick Ave., Clifton Forge, VA- 1672 sq./ft., 3 bedroom, housing structure Land – (Separate partial additional lot) Lot 20*125 Y 1922 DB 67/628C & O D 6-35 Buildings / Structures Property ID # C0230-01-035-006A#CO230-01-035-0070

Clifton Forge, Virginia Properties: Philanthropic
Donation/Private Purchase
410 Keswick Street, Clifton Forge, VA- vacant land
Land - (Separate partial additional lot)
C & O D 8-35
Lot 25*125 Y 1922
Buildings / Structures
Property ID#CO230-01-035-0080
#CO230-01-035-007A

PROPERTY SCOPE / TIMELINE
These properties are and their project scope are currently under development and evaluation.

The Roanoke, Virginia property contains two (2) lots. All funds raised will be contributed to the WSF's Homeless Warriors Housing Program to restore and develop a Phase 1 and Phase 2 opportunity. We anticipate this property at completion being used to house four (4) of our nations homeless veterans and their families. Phase 1 will be the restoration of the existing structure. This will house two (2) of our nations homeless veterans families. At Phase 2 of this project, a second structure will be built adjacent to Phase 1 which will also house two (2) of our nations homeless veterans families.

Using the Roanoke, Virginia re-development as its template, the WSF will again access the Wells Fargo Property donation program, replicate and successfully conclude the transfer of another property in the remaining participating cities (Alexandria, Hampton, Richmond, Petersburg, Salem, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Newport News) that signed the Mayors Challenge and have strategies targeting veteran homelessness.

Financials

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Williams-Sterling Foundation

Board of directors
as of 4/10/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James Williams

Williams-Sterling, Inc.

Term: 2007 -

James WILLIAMS

Williams-Sterling, Inc.

Tracey Alston

Connecticut Light & Power

HAROLD WILLIAMS

Williams-Sterling, Inc.

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? Yes