West Virginia and Maryland Member Information


2022 Upcoming CAUCUS MEETING INFO:

  • Tues. June 14th – 11 am ET – More info coming SOON!
  • Wed. Nov. 9th – 11 am ET – – Location TBD

Information from Previous Caucus Meetings:


From The HUB! – Happening May 19!

You’re Invited to an information session about the Champions for Change: Community Leader Fellowship. Applications will launch for this fellowship on May 19! Join us to learn how this opportunity can support you as you work to make real, lasting, positive changes in your community.

The virtual event is on Thursday, May 19, 12-1 p.m. Register Today

4/4/22 – From FHLB-Pittsburgh

FHLBank Pittsburgh Announces Affordable Housing Resources Available in 2022   This year, the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) will open Tuesday, June 28, with approximately $7 million available. AHP provides competitive grants for the development and rehabilitation of affordable housing for low- to moderate-income households.   For 2022 only, FHLBank Pittsburgh is making available an additional $10.2 million to support affordable housing projects located in FHLBank Pittsburgh’s district (Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) through a voluntary housing grant initiative. As we look to emerge from the pandemic, FHLBank Pittsburgh is providing this one-time additional funding to help people in FHLBank Pittsburgh’s district who are in need of affordable homes as they reset and recover.   The voluntary housing grant initiative is separate and distinct from (and is not part of) FHLBank Pittsburgh’s required, statutory AHP; but it will use the AHP Online system’s existing infrastructure. Projects may request up to $500,000 in funding by submitting an application through AHP Online. Applications that are not awarded under AHP, and are for projects located in-district (Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia), will be automatically enrolled in the voluntary housing grant initiative pool for consideration.  

From The Fund!

Board information HERE

As of Feb. 24, 2022: WV Homeowners RESCUE

Federal Homeownership Assistance Coming to West Virginia in the first quarter of 2022. The West Virginia Housing Development Fund will administer the federal government’s new homeownership assistance program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Treasury through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. In the Mountain State, the program will operate as “West Virginia Homeowners Rescue.” The program is being developed under the supervision of the Department of Treasury. They are expected to approve the start of the program in the first quarter of 2022. Additional information from the Department of Treasury is available at https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/homeowner-assistance-fund.

We are currently at Stage 4: Program Build. At this stage, we are working to develop the application process. Please continue to check the Status Tracker in the coming weeks for more exciting updates!

2020 Annual Report

WVHDF Info/Funding Opportunities – Link to WVHDF Programs Page


WEST VIRGINIA’S EMOTIONAL STRENGHTH LINE! Feeling anxious, overwhelmed or emotionally exhausted? We are here to help. Our professional crisis counselors are trained to listen and help you find the way forward with stress-management strategies as well as community resources and referrals. Underwritten by FEMA and the DHHR, Help304 – offering free counseling via call, text, and chat. Find out more about this service on help304.com


From the HUB ~

2/22/22 – We’re launching the WV State Policy Learning Library today!

We produced hundreds of stories and tools during that time, including resources that have timeless lessons to share about engaging in West Virginia’s state-level policymaking process.

We’re sharing those resources all in one place – the WV State Policy Learning Library

West Virginia’s 2022 legislative session is in progress now. 

These are our top 5 most-visited stories in the WV State Policy Learning Library:
What happens when House and Senate can’t agree? Conference Committees »
  What is Crossover Day and How Does It Influence House and Senate Rules? »
  Are you interested in tracking a bill at the Legislature? Follow these steps. »
  What happens when multiple bills are passed about the same topic? »
  Why committees are the powerhouses of the legislature »    

The West Virginia Legislature is in their annual 60-day session through March 12, 2022.  Find important dates in the process: See the 2022 Legislative Calendar »
 
Track what’s happening: Staff at the legislature run the official West Virginia Legislature Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/wvlegislature) as well as the official Twitter feed (@wvlegislature). They also run two other Twitter feeds – one for house floor action (@wvhouse) and one for senate floor action (@wvsenate).
 
Advocate for what you care about online: Read Black By God’s Citizens Guide to Online Advocacy for the 2022 West Virginia Legislative Session »    

Learn How to Build Community

We offer free information and tools for every West Virginian. Whether you have a project in mind that you are hoping to advance, or you just want to learn the foundational principles of making positive change in your town, we’ve got your back. ACCESS VIRTUAL LEARNING TOOLS


5/10/21 – WV Caucus Discussion for American Rescue Plan ideas for WVHDF

4/22/2021 – WV Caucus Update from the Spring Retreat – View Dave Clark HERE


New report highlights future of rural broadband success:

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has released a report on the prospects of bringing broadband to rural America and uses Huntington’s Thundercloud Project as an example of success and momentum. As the demand for high-speed internet in West Virginia is growing by the day, broadband access will be a key pillar of rural economic development success in the future. Read the report here »

2/12/2021: This year we’re excited to kick off the legislative session with our new WV Citizen Lobbyists Handbook, a helpful series that will guide you through the legislative process at the State Capitol. The Handbook will be delivered straight to your inbox, where you’ll learn:

  • Why citizens like you play such an important role in our legislative process
  • Key tools for using your lived experiences to inform laws that impact us all
  • Strategies for staying engaged in the legislative process

And of course, we’ll still be bringing you all the information you’ve come to count on from us during this time of year, direct to your inbox, every Friday morning:

  • Weekly updates on bills that stand to impact WV communities
  • Insight on what’s happening at the Capitol in Charleston
  • Information on how you can participate in the process

We may be looking at a very different session this year, but I am as excited as ever to be on this journey with you.  Learn more and sign up here 

Linked are the HOME and Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Rental Housing Program Guidelines for 2020, the Pre-Application, and Rental Housing Proposal for HOME and HTF Programs (RFP).

Eligible applicants who are interested in responding to this RFP must:

  1. Submit the Pre-Application to Chuck Thomas (cthomas@wvhdf.com) no less than one week prior to submitting the RFP.
  2. Shortly after receipt of Pre-Application, applicant will receive information concerning Procorem and the work center established for the submission of the RFP.

RFPs received without a previously submitted Pre-Application will be returned. The RFP outlines specific application deadlines and other special considerations applied to a given funding round.  Applications for HOME and/or HTF Rental Housing funding must be submitted according to the following timeline: 

  • September 30, 2020 (for RFPs received from May 29, 2020, through September 30, 2020) – this application cycle is open to developers of limited project types: 4% LIHTC projects and CHDO developers.  LIHTC developers must complete the LIHTC Form 1040 and not the attached RFP. Moreover, LIHTC Developers must complete the LIHTC pre-registration and not the attached pre-application. HOME-only and/or HTF-only Pre-Applications for this round must be received on or prior to September 23, 2020.

The Fund’s acceptance of the RFP via Procorem does not preclude the Fund from requesting the submission of additional documentation and/or information to be delivered or sent to its office.

HOME is a HUD program regulated by 24 CFR 92, and HTF is a HUD program regulated by 24 CFR 93. For developers submitting a 2020 RFP, please be advised of the following information:

  • Contingent upon receipt of the 2020 HUD HOME award and approval of the 2020 Annual Action Plan (AAP), the Fund estimates it will commit no less than approximately $766,600 to the CHDO set-aside and approximately $5,300,000 to HOME Rental projects (amounts are approximate pending receipt of HOME award and approval of AAP).
  • For Projects requesting HOME funds:  Each project may request a minimum of $300,000 to a maximum of $800,000 of HOME funds.  No project will be awarded less than $300,000 or more than $800,000, unless the Fund’s underwriting determines otherwise.
  • Contingent upon receipt of the 2020 HUD HTF award and approval of the 2020 AAP, the Fund is prepared to commit approximately $2,700,000 to HTF rental projects (amount is approximate pending receipt of HTF award and approval of AAP).
  • For Projects requesting HTF funds:  Each project may request a minimum of $300,000 to a maximum of $1,300,000 of HTF funds.  No project will be awarded less than $300,000 or more than $1,300,000, unless the Fund’s underwriting determines otherwise.
  • The HOME and HTF portions of https://www.wvhdf.com/programs contain important documents for all developers, which include:  environmental documents, HOME & HTF Underwriting and Subsidy Layering Guidelines, current HOME & HTF maximum per-unit subsidy limits, HOME Match Information, and other significant documents that are required and beneficial for completing an RFP.

Please contact me at ccolby@wvhdf.com or 304-391-8663 if you have any questions or comments regarding the HOME and HTF RFP.

Shared by Norma, Fahe’s VP of Human Resources RE: Families 1st Coronavirus Response Act

On Wednesday, March 18, President Trump signed H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” into law. It becomes effective on April 2nd, which is a short period for taking compliance steps and budgeting for the changes. Among the provisions of the coronavirus relief bill are items relating to paid sick time and family leave, which we [McBrayer LLC] have summarized HERE, as they will have an enormous impact on employers.

From the HUB:

  1. Eleven of the United Ways in West Virginia have created recovery funds for local groups, and this is in addition to the work United Ways are doing to support connecting individual West Virginians to the help they need through the 2-1-1 helpline. (There are now 22 sources of local funding on Philanthropy West Virginia’s COVID-19 Relief Funds page!)
  2. Businesses, philanthropy, and others are mobilizing with funding to support people in need. This past week included a boom in funding options added to our WV Communities Resource Page for small business plus community groups and nonprofit organizations. Philanthropy WV is also updating a comprehensive list of rapid response funding sources from across the state – these serve as places to seek funds and also as options for places to donate.
  3. West Virginians are ramping up their help. The virtual, statewide community group that began on Facebook as WV Food ER 2020 has now launched a new website – Rapid Response WV (Read Our Story). West Virginians can request help and volunteer to help others through this site. 

Taking power back – 100 Days in Appalachia is seeking West Virginians who want to share their stories! Ahead of the 2020 election we are bringing together, for the first time, a group of Appalachian people of all backgrounds and walks of life that will help the rest of America better understand what is really happening here. We’re calling it the “Appalachian Advisors Network,” and our goal is to help national and international news outlets better understand what is happening in your communities. More information HERE  Check out the HUB’s Pre-Report on Community Development Innovation

Office of National Drug Control Policy

We are very excited to share that on Friday, the Administration released a new tool to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to the crisis of addiction, the Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities.  

The guide complements both the Community Assessment Tool, which gives county specific data about deaths and factors which may make a community more vulnerable to addiction, and the Federal Rural Resources Guide, which includes comprehensive information about different federal funds for rural communities impacted by addiction.  The Guide also has a companion supplement, a listing of promising practices which you can find here: Rural Community Action Guide: Promising Practices.

Per Anne Hazlett, news sent on funding announcements every few weeks- to be added to that list, please email Betty-Ann Bryce