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.  

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.

Membership and  Community Base Services

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:

Training Opportunities

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
 •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

West Virginia Housing Policy Group

Housing, Ariculture & Economic Development to Meet West Virginia's Future Growth  

In June 2016, West Virginia experienced a thousand-year flood, leaving its residents and 44 counties in a state of emergency. After the initial disaster relief and recovery efforts, thousands of residents began the long process of rebuilding their lives, homes, businesses, and communities. As rebuilding efforts commenced, CommunityWorks in West Virginia (CommunityWorks) and the West Virginia National Guard identified the need to improve collaboration among entities working on housing and economic development to realize the true potential and transformation of West Virginia communities.

Because housing, economic development, flood recovery, tourism, and agriculture are inherently linked, CommunityWorks and the West Virginia National Guard formed an intentional collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, West Virginia Department of Commerce, and West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association to better align long-term recovery and community transformation efforts.

The Aligning Summit highlighted the current landscape and key issues associated with growth opportunities in the areas of natural gas production and transmission, tourism, and agriculture; captured strategies to better align efforts and strengthen multi-sector collaboration; identified innovative and unique housing models and solutions for success and promise; and developed policy and planning steps needed to support ongoing collaboration and model implementation.