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Monthly Newsletter - December 23, 2011
Sam Yoon Farewell Video
Sam bids farewell
NACEDA's members play a significant role in the economic vitality of communities. And as a convener and national voice, NACEDA's role remains critically important. As Sam departs for an opportunity in the Obama Administration in the Department of Labor, NACEDA's board and staff are looking forward to serving its constituents in 2012.

NACEDA News 

 

NACEDA Board Members, Staff to Attend Center for Leadership Innovation 2012 Summit. NACEDA Chair Bernie Mazyck, Board Members Terry Chelikowsky and Andy Schneggenburger, and Program Associate Frank Woodruff will attend the January 17-20 summit in New Orleans. Titled, Our Future Beyond Crisis: Network Leadership for a 21st Century Social Sector, the summit will focus on the roles social innovation, multi-cultural leadership and cross-sector/network leadership will play in achieving their social change and community development missions. Read more on theTCLI website

 
Planning Begins For NACEDA's May Summit in Washington, DC. Jamie Schriner-Hooper, Executive Director of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, will chair the summit committee for the second year. The interactive nature of the 2011 summit got a great response, so the committee decided to plan another highly participatory event. The committee invites suggestions for presenters and panel discussions. Please contact Frank Woodruff at fwoodruff@naceda.org with suggestions

Federal News 

 

HUD Nominees Approved by Senate Banking Committee. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs unanimously approved the nomination of Maurice Jones as deputy secretary and voted 13-9 to approve Carol Galante to be an assistant secretary at HUD. The nominations go to the full Senate for a vote. 

 

Legislation Introduced to Make 9% Fixed Floor For LIHTC Permanent. A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced legislation to make permanent the 9% minimum low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) rate for unsubsidized buildings and to provide a minimum 4 percent credit rate for existing buildings. The House bill,  H.R. 3661, and the Senate bill, S. 1989, were both introduced on December 14. 

 

Joint Task Force Formed to Combat HAMP Mortgage Modification Scams The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of the Treasury announced the creation of a joint task force to combat scams targeted at homeowners seeking to apply for the Home Affordable Modification Program. The joint task force issued a consumer fraud alert to protect homeowners from HAMP-related mortgage modification scams. Read the Department of Treasury press release, which includes the fraud alert.

 

HUD Proposes New Regulations for HOME Program. Published in the December 16 Federal Register, HUD's proposed rule seeks to improve performance and accountability by addressing operational challenges facing participating state and local jurisdictions. It outlines new guidelines for the length of time developers have to complete a project (4 years), increased financial oversight as well as the introduction of on-site inspections. Comments on the proposed rule are due February 14. Read the NLIHC summary of HUD's proposal.

 

HUD Publishes FY 2012 Income Limits. Access the new income limits on the HUD Data Sets webpage.


HUD Provides Preliminary Estimates of CDBG and HOME Allocations for FY 2012. HUD Assistant Secretary Mercedes Marquez sent memos to jurisdictions receiving CDBG and HOME formula-based grants with preliminary estimates of the amount they could expect to receive in FY 2012 - the first year that the CDBG and HOME formulas will be based on data from the 2010 decennial census and the American Community Survey. The memo notes that Congress reduced FY 2012 appropriations for CDBG by 11% and and HOME by 38%. Go to the
 HUD Planning & Development webpage to read the memo and access information on estimated formula changes and grant allocations.

 

Partner News

 

NCRC Invites Nominations for their 2012 National Achievement Awards. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition will present several awards at their annual conference in February. The deadline for nominations is January 6.  Access the nomination form for details.

 

NLIHC Seeks Nominations for Resident, State and Local Organizing Awards. The National Low Income Housing Coalition will present the awards at their annual conference in March. Nominations must be received by February 10. Learn more about the awards and the nomination process on the NLIHC website.

Member News

 

In Spite Of The Economy, More Than 700 People Attended Pennsylvania's Homes Within Reach Conference. The 7th annual training, networking and fundraising event attracted nearly 100 sponsors, drew people from 130 cities and towns in 13 states and offered more than 50 training sessions over 3 days. Log onto the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania website to see a sample of training materials, inspiring video from the Housing Hero Awards and photos from the event. In addition to providing training and networking opportunities, participants made Hill visits to speak up for the State Housing Trust Fund and view Framing Hope, the first-ever photo exhibit about homelessness in the Capitol Rotunda. "Homelessness, foreclosure and housing insecurity plague the Commonwealth, yet public investment in proven, local solutions has dwindled to the detriment of families, communities and the economy. The overwhelming show of strength at this year's event is a powerful statement of a provider community committed now more than ever to working for a home within reach of every Pennsylvanian, especially those with low incomes," stated Liz Hersh, Executive Director of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and NACEDA member.

 

Pittsburgh City Council Passes Responsible Lending Legislation. On December 19, the Pittsburgh City Council passed the Responsible Banking Legislation, which will become law if the mayor does not veto it within ten days. The legislation requires financial institutions seeking to become City depositories to make a commitment to community reinvestment and responsible banking. It also instructs the City Controller to evaluate banks with which the City does business as to their success or failure in meeting this commitment. The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, a member of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, has been instrumental in bringing this legislation about and continues to advocate for to become law.

Events & Educational Opportunities 

  

2012 Housing Finance Agency Institute - January 8-13 in Washington, DC. Presented by the National Council of State Housing Agencies. Registration and information

 

Greening the Existing Stock of Single-Family Homes - January 26 in Washington, DC. Presented by the Green Affordable Housing Coalition. Registration and information

 

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference - February 2-4 in San Diego, CA. Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities. Registration and information

 

National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference - March 25-28 in Seattle, WA. Sponsored by FDIC, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. Registration and information

Publications & Resources

 

2011 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness: Supplement to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report, HUD, December 2011

 

Vacant Properties: Growing Number Increases Communities' Costs and Challenge. GAO, November 2011

 

CPD Cross-Program Funding Matrix and Dashboard, HUD. Provides funding information for each city and state that receives CPD Programs finds. 

 

NeighborWorks symposium materials available: Building on Strength: Invigorating Business Models for Affordable Rental Housing in the New Era, December 14, 2011

 

60 Minutes Report: There Goes The Neighborhood, CBS News, December 18, 2011. Officials in Cleveland, Ohio demolished more than 1,000 homes this year - and plan to demolish 20,000 more  - rather than let blight render nearby homes worthless.

  

Large Majority of Housing Voucher Recipients Work, are Elderly, or Have Disabilities
Higher Housing Costs Drive Longer Stays for Working Families, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, December 2, 2011

 

Paycheck to Paycheck database, Center for Housing Policy, December 15, 2011. Compares wages for workers in 74 different occupations against housing costs in more than 200 U.S. metro areas.

  

Rural Reentry: Housing Options and Obstacles for Ex-Offenders, Housing Assistance Council, December 9, 2011

 

Aging in Place: A State Survery of Livability Policies and Practices, National Conference of State Legislatures/AARP Policy Institute, December 2011

 

How Housing Matters, Using Public Housing to Strengthen Children's Education, National Housing Conference (NHC) case study, November 2011

 

How Housing Matters, Leveraging Housing Assistance to Strengthen Family Economic Security, NHC Case Study, November 2011

 

How Housing Matters, Meeting the Health Care Needs of Aging Residents of Affordable Multifamily Housing. NHC Case Study, November 2011  

Employment Opportunities

 

Community Development Administrator - McHenry County, IL. Responsible for the overall administration of the County's community development grants and programs with supervision from the Director of Planning and Development. McHenry County is a HUD entitlement Community that receives approximately $1.5 million annually in CDBG and HOME. This position is 100% grant funded. Salary range: $64,800 to $82,000. Read the job announcement.

 

Do you have a job opening to post? Contact Suzanne Gunther at sgunther@naceda.org. Please include a link to the job announcement.

 

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