NLIHC is proud to announce the addition of two statewide coalitions to its state coalition partner network. The Arkansas Coalition of Housing and Neighborhood Growth for Empowerment (ACHANGE) and the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness (WVCEH) have been approved by NLIHC’s Board of Directors, expanding our network to 64 State Coalitions in 41 states and the District of Columbia.
Established in 2004, ACHANGE is dedicated to promoting quality affordable housing and community economic development by supporting, informing and encouraging local and statewide efforts to improve housing for low and moderate income families throughout Arkansas. Its 50 members include nonprofit developers, public housing agencies, counseling agencies, consultants, social service providers, real estate agents, financial institutions and government agencies.
A founding member of Housing Arkansas, another NLIHC state coalition partner, ACHANGE helped to ensure passage of legislation that authorized the Arkansas Housing Trust Fund in 2009. In 2011, it received funding to conduct regional foreclosure prevention events that connected consumers with mortgage servicing organizations. As a part of this effort, ACHANGE was able to provide funding for successful foreclosure counseling efforts. To ensure that housing is part of the state’s community development conversation, it is involved with the Arkansas Community Development Society and Community Development Institute Central, a week-long class for development professionals that takes place at the University of Central Arkansas. Since 2011, the advanced course curriculum has included a housing course.
“ACHANGE is pleased to become a state coalition partner with the National Low Income Housing Coalition and looks forward to an active relationship that will benefit the citizens of Arkansas,” said Debra Banks, ACHANGE program manager. “ACHANGE’s mission is to serve as a collective voice for affordable housing providers and supporters; partnering with NLIHC will allow us to be even more effective in that mission.”
WVCEH creates partnerships and collaborations at the local, state and national levels to develop and implement long-term solutions to homelessness and poverty, including efforts to increase the affordable housing stock in West Virginia. Its 45 associates include individuals, local governments, housing authorities, Veteran Affairs medical centers, state funders and Continuum of Care leadership.
WVCEH began as a collaboration of 10 homeless shelters more than 15 years ago. As the group gained greater involvement from nonprofit provider and advocacy organizations, it became the collective voice of groups serving homeless and low income people across the state. It is the lead Balance of State Continuum of Care agency, which coordinates HUD Continuum of Care funding applications. In addition, it spearheads the Social Security Outreach and Access to Recovery (SOAR) program in West Virginia.
Known for its data-informed approach to ending homelessness in the state, WVCEH serves as the lead agency for the Balance of State CoC’s Homeless Management Information Systems, which tracks information about people served through HUD and other homeless assistance programs. It also coordinates state homelessness data in an effort to target resources, inform advocacy and build partnerships.
“We are incredibly excited to become a state coalition partner with the National Low Income Housing Coalition for West Virginia,” said Zach Brown, WVCEH’s executive director. “Accessing and maintaining affordable housing for the homeless and low income population in West Virginia are issues of immense importance for us. Being able to work with NLIHC and its network will enable us to be at the forefront in advocating for the preservation of existing housing resources and drastically expand affordable housing resources and housing stability in West Virginia.”
To learn more about ACHANGE, visit www.achange.org or contact Debra Banks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about WVCEH, visit www.wvceh.org or contact Zach Brown at email@example.com.
Click here to see a list of NLIHC’s state coalition partners and for more information about the State Coalition Project.
You may also contact NLIHC State Coalition Project Director La’Teashia Sykes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-662-1530 ext. 247.