Membership and  Community Base Services

CommunityWorks in West Virginia, Inc. (CWWV) is a statewide intermediary of nonprofit organizations serving to unite local housing-related agencies and organizations to assure safe and affordable housing for West Virginias. CWWV has a network of 27 member organizations that deliver housing services throughout the state. We at CWWV provide a variety of services to our members through technical assistance and training, innovative mortgage lending products, and member services support programs including advocacy at the federal and state level.

Volunteer Program

CWWV provides financial and programmatic support to nonprofit, volunteer-based housing organizations in the efforts to assist families and elderly homeowners with needed repairs and rehabilitation of their homes. Assistance is provided to local organizations in the form of relatively small grants for needed construction materials, tools, transportation of volunteers to work sites, or other tangible items necessary to support the volunteer labor of those local programs.

Through the Volunteer-Based Rehabilitation Program, local volunteer-based organizations have access to supplemental funds to rehabilitate more limited income, owner-occupied homes. As a result, limited income households are reporting a reduction in health and safety code violations as well as an increases in energy efficiency. In addition, limited income seniors are able to age-in-place with a safer and secure home. This program has been beneficial in addressing the number of urgent repairs, provided energy-related home improvements, and reducing health and safety code violations in owner-occupied homes across the state.

Nonprofit Capacity Building
Initiative

In 2015, CWWV developed the Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative (NCBI) so that member organizations can obtain the skills and expertise to successfully develop housing opportunities and support community development efforts throughout West Virginia. The goal of the NCBI is to build the capacity of all housing and community development organizations for full utilization of all state and federal funds available to West Virginia. 

The NCBI offers a variety of capacity-building resources to the selected nonprofit organizations and other housing-related agencies.
 • NCBI has created a catalog of financial resources to help nonprofit housing
   developers identify funding sources that are available to help them meet their missions
   and visions.
 • NCBI assists these organizations in identifying consultants that can help them increase
   their capacity. Through this process, NCBI will begin cataloging a pool of local consultants
   able to assist nonprofits with their future goals and missions.
 • Through the NCBI program, CWWV is working with their attorneys to develop and   
   standardize contracts and forms to reduce disputes and confusion over such contracts
   and forms.
 • In efforts to increase innovations across the state, NCBI is disseminating evidence-based
   best practices to housing-related organizations, especially in the high area need of
   seniors, homeless, and low-income families.
 •Participants of the NCBI program will receive specialized project development and
   technical assistance individualized to meet the unique needs of the organization, site-visit
   feedback, peer-to-peer learning sessions to share best practices and research, and a small
   grant for predevelopment and program development costs to accelerate project
   implementation. 

Training Opportunities

CWWV offers place-based training programs in West Virginia as well as provides training slots for member organizations to send staff to NeighborWorks® Training Institutes (NTI) nationwide. Through these trainings, member employees can also obtain Homeownership,
Community Lending, and Foreclosure Intervention and Default certificates.

A collaborative partnership, comprised of housing organizations, hosts the Annual West Virginia Housing Conference in Charleston, WV. The conference attracts more than 300 housing advocates, lenders, developers, administrators, and policy makers from the nonprofit, public, and private sectors each year. It features over 70 workshops plus opportunities to learn and network with national, state, and local experts. From the nuts and bolts of housing development to funding tools and innovative models, this conference recognizes the important connection of housing to health, economic development, and social stability for our children, families, and elder population.

NeighborWorks® America provides unparrelled training in community development and nonprofit management. The training institutes feature over 100 high-quality content courses and a series of symposiums designed and delivered by expert practitioners and thought leaders in the nonprofit, community development, and affordable housing arenas. Most courses count toward professional certifications and certifications that help advance your career. NeighborWorks offers a high-quality learning experience and comprehensive curricula for all levels of staff – novice to experienced – centered around individuals, families, home, community, and nonprofits.

To learn more about the Annual West Virginia Housing Conference or to register, follow the link: http://www.wvhousingconference.com/index.html

Intermediary Relending Program
USDA Rural Development

In 2008 CWWV was approved by USDA Rural Development to provide a commercial revolving loan fund to commercial developers in rural communities. The purpose of the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP Program) is to alleviate poverty and increase economic activity and employment in rural communities. Under the IRP program, funds are used to assist with financing business and economic development activity to create or retain jobs in disadvantaged and remote communities.

Terms and Requirements:
 • Eligible use of the funds are property acquisition, rehabilitation, equipment purchase, and
   start-up financing;
 •Are located in an eligible rural area;
 •The applicant has no legal or financial interest or influence in the intermediary;
 •Majority ownership is held by US citizens or permanent residents;
 •The applicant owes no delinquent debt to the Federal Government;
 •The applicant is unable to obtain affordable commercial financing for the project
   elsewhere;
 •Rates, terms, and payment structure on the loan to the ultimate recipient is set by the 
   intermediary in an amount sufficient to cover the cost of operating and sustaining the
   revolving loan fund.
 •Loans are available as long as funding is available and are processed in the order they are
  received.

West Virginia Housing Policy Group

In September 2012, a group of dedicated individuals representing a wide range of housing-related entities came together to discuss the rising housing challenges in West Virginia combined with declining federal support for all housing assistance. Looking at what the state of Virginia has done with its Governor's adoption of a state housing policy framework, the group discussed the feasibility of developing a comprehensive housing policy for West Virginia in hopes of more fully engaging the state goverment in improving housing outcomes for West Virginia households. The group agreed the timing and opportunity for public policy change around housing was critical, and development of a policy would provide a framework to (1) address issues and promote coordination and efficiency within the housing industry, and (2) engage in Governor and other policy makers to promote progressive policy actions.

CWWV agreed to coordinate the efforts, and secured a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation for the necessary support, research, and analysis to develop the policy framework with the group. Using a neutral facilitated process, the group expanded their work group to include federal, state, local, and private stakeholders in the housing industry, and began meeting in February of 2013 on a bi-monthly basis to develop the components of the policy framework. Additionally, consultants from the National Housing Conference and the Center for Housing Policy were engaged to provide research and analysis to inform our priorities.  

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Affordable Housing in West Virginia
An Analysis of Structure & Financing Options