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Council Furthers Commitment to Ending Homelessness in the City–The Daily Progress

January 21, 2015

The Charlottesville City Council approved two resolutions Tuesday reaffirming a commitment to ending homelessness in the area. $150,000 will be granted to a statewide nonprofit agency and $105,000 to a local charity group to support short- and long-term housing solutions for the city’s homeless population.

The additional funding will help accomplish the city’s goal of increasing the ratio of supported affordable units to 15 percent by 2025, as outlined in the city’s 2010 Affordable Housing Report. The ratio was estimated most recently to be at 10.29 percent, according to a Neighborhood Development Services housing report from April.

Housing development specialist Kathy McHugh presented both resolutions to the council Tuesday night and said she was “absolutely excited” to secure support for both organizations. McHugh also serves on the executive board of the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless.

“It’s going to be a great project,” McHugh said. “It coalesces nicely, very nicely with the other agencies reaffirming support.”

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VSH Elects New Officers

December 12, 2014

The Board of Directors of Virginia Supportive Housing elected the following slate of officers at its meeting on Dec. 2, 2014:

President: Susan Siegfried, Esq.
Community Volunteer

Vice President: Jim Banta
President, James Banta Corp.

Treasurer: Christina Dondarski Waller, CPA
Controller, Power Distribution Inc.

Secretary: Houston Gray
The Houston Group, LLC

Ms. Siegfried has served on the Board since 2009, most recently as vice president and chair of the governance committee. She formerly was an assistant attorney general in Virginia, and served as senior counsel for the Virginia Housing Development Authority. She received her Certificate of Achievement in Nonprofit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence in 2012, and was in the 2013-2014 class of the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program sponsored by VCU and the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence.

Russell T. Aaronson, who served on the Board for seven years and was president for the last two, will continue to serve on the executive committee as immediate past president. He is the executive vice president and general counsel for GrayCo, Inc.

In addition to Ms. Waller, Charmaine Rochester, PhD, CPA, vice president of finance for Bon Secours Hampton Roads joined the Board,. She will serve on the finance committee.

New appointees earlier in 2014 include Anne Thomas Hines, owner of Thomas-Hines Interiors in Richmond, and Stacy Brinkley, executive director of Hospital Hospitality House in Richmond. Both serve on the mission advancement committee, which Ms. Hines will chair in 2015.



VSH Joins the Governor’s Push to House More Veterans

December 8, 2014

Virginia Supportive Housing is boosting its efforts to serve veterans by participating in the 100 Homes in 100 Days campaign launched by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 24, 2014.

See Governor’s news release.

Virginia Supportive Housing already administers the largest and longest-running Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program in Virginia, funded by the Veterans Administration, to serve more than 400 veteran households annually.

“We provide rapid access to rental housing for veterans experiencing homelessness and work to prevent veterans who are unstably housed from losing their housing,” says Libby Tofflemire, Virginia Supportive Housing’s SSVF team manager.

To learn more, visit How We Help and click Supportive Services for Veteran Families.

Virginia Supportive Housing Names Andrea Butler Senior Director of Mission Advancement

July 7, 2014

Richmond, Va.(July 7, 2014)– Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH) appointed Andrea L. Butler as senior director of mission advancement, a new position designed to strengthen public and private support for Virginia’s largest provider of permanent solutions to homelessness. As a member of the leadership team, Butler will oversee VSH’s fundraising, external affairs and marketing-communications programs.

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Virginia Supportive Housing’s Alice Tousignant Inducted into Virginia Housing Coalition’s Hall of Fame

June 24, 2014

Staff Member Julie Anderson Joins the Virginia Housing Coalition’s Top 40 Network
Richmond, VA – June 24, 2014 – The Virginia Housing Coalition inducted Alice Tousignant, the executive director of Virginia Supportive Housing for 16 years until retiring in December 2013, into its Hall of Fame on June 19, 2014, at its annual luncheon.

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