Volume 8, Issue 8 / August 31, 2017
Going Tactical: Place Based Activation
This two day training starts with a train-the-trainer afternoon seminar devoted to the core components of placemaking and then transitioning to hands-on demonstrations.

Day one will be an afternoon consisting of two sessions. The first will focus participants on developing an understanding of placemaking, its relationship with community's goals and vision, and the Better Block process. The second session will be a deeper dive into the process and components of the Better Block program, tying the concepts of placemaking to the upcoming demonstration event. 

Day two will focus on a morning demonstration event that will be coordinated with a host neighborhood Community Development Corporation in the central region of Ohio. Participants will act as volunteers throughout the event and after the event is over there will be a short debrief of the event; reviewing what went right, wrong, if goals were met, and what further refinements can be made.

Cost is $15 for OCDCA members and $30 for non-members. 

Event and Date
Going Tactical: Place Based Activation
September 7-8, 2017
Support for this training is proudly provided by: 

Register for the OCDCA 2017 Annual Conference - Early Bird Rate Until Sep. 8
Ohio CDC Association's 33rd Annual Conference in Toledo
Glass Half Full: Resilience in the Face of Adversity

October 5-6, 2017
Recently renovated Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Agenda, tour, workshop details, and registration info available here.
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Students & Young Professionals - Apply for an OCDCA Conference Scholarship
If you are a young professional or student who needs financial assistance to attend the conference, please fill out the online application by 11:59 PM September 4th to apply for a registration scholarship. Registration scholarships only cover the cost of registration. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Much at (614) 461-6392, ext. 211. This opportunity is sponsored by Chase Bank.
2018 Ohio Microbusiness Development Program Funding
OCDCA welcomes current, good standing members to apply for the Ohio Microbusiness Development Program. The maximum grant award is $40,000. Of this, up to 10% may be used for administrative expenses. The structure of the lending allocation for the microbusiness program has changed. The application is due by 4:00 pm on October 10, 2017. 

Join us for an informational webinar about the program and application process.
Event and Date Location Registration
Ohio Microbusiness Development Program Application Webinar
September 19, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Webinar Register Here!
Advanced Real Estate Development
Advanced Real Estate Development will provide an intensive look at how developers, investors and lenders look at real estate investment including development of the financial performance, calculating the debt capacity for a project, and overall financial feasibility.

Lunch will be provided. Cost is $15 for OCDCA members and $30 for non-members. 

Event and Date Location Registration
Advanced Real Estate Development
September 13, 2017
9 AM - 4 PM
The Dealership
3558 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Support for this training is proudly provided by: 

Member News
Welcome New Members!
City of Xenia and City of Pickerington join OCDCA as our newest 2017 members. Welcome!
YNDC Awarded $498,880 to Encourage Healthy Food Purchases
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $498,880 in funding to the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. to encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants in the city to purchase healthy foods.
Share Your Stories
We love hearing about the awesome work you do throughout Ohio. If your organization is mentioned in the news, please share it with us. We love photos too! If you send it to Lisa Much , we can put it on our blog and in this newsletter. 
Partner News
New Report Lays Out Strategies to Revitalize Smaller Legacy Cities
From Gary, Indiana to Lowell, Massachusetts, smaller post-industrial cities are taking strategic steps to regenerate - with the chance to follow their larger rebounding counterparts like Pittsburgh and Cleveland - by building on downtowns, capitalizing on a unique sense of place, and focusing on workforce development, according to a new report published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in partnership with the Greater Ohio Policy Center. The report, Revitalizing America's Smaller Legacy Cities: Strategies for Postindustrial Success from Gary to Lowell, emphasizes how America's smaller legacy cities - cities located primarily in the Midwest and Northeast with 30,000 to 200,000 residents and traditional economies built around manufacturing - have long been central to building American middle class prosperity. 
Village of Yellow Springs Seeking a Housing Needs Assessment 
The Village of Yellow Springs seeks assistance to understand the housing needs of the people of Yellow Springs and the surrounding area. The geographic area to be studied will be determined in concert with the contracted firm, but should include general trend information for the Dayton-Springfield metropolitan area and specific trend information for the Yellow Springs area. Specific housing needs and availability within the Yellow Springs area should also be included. Deliverables shall include information on general housing needs and general affordability needs of the study area population.  Packets may be found on their website at http://vil.yellowsprings.oh.us/. The proposal is due no later than 4:00 P.M. EST on Monday, September 11, 2017.
AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight
In July, 27 New VISTAs Started Serving
July was a big month for the OCDCA AmeriCorps VISTA program. A new class of VISTAs began their service terms at CDCs from Cleveland to Cincinnati, and they have spent their first month learning the ropes. A few VISTAs stayed on for a second term. Joseph Linsky, who is a second-year VISTA at Slavic Village Development in Cleveland, hosted the Cleveland Chain Reaction at the Village Market, drawing over 200 visitors and shoppers. We wish you all a great year of service!
Registration Open for Ohio Land Bank Conference
Join land bank board members and staff, county and municipal officials, community and economic development officers, community development corporations and all those interested in re-purposing vacant and abandoned properties and revitalizing our neighborhoods at the 7th Annual Ohio Land Bank Conference.  The conference will be held September 11 through 13 at the Wyndham Playhouse Square in Cleveland. More details and registration available here.
Louis Stokes Community Visionary Award Breakfast
Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation is excited to announce September 15, 2017
as their date for the 16th Louis Stokes Community Visionary Award Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.  at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Call 216-571-1510 to request sponsorship or ticket information.
Funding Opportunities
Rural Technical Assistance Opportunity
The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in San Antonio, TX who recently received a HUD grant to deliver project-based and organizational technical assistance (TA) and capacity building services, and loans to affordable housing and community development projects, in rural communities in 12 states.

Government, tribal, and non-profit affordable housing providers, and community and economic development entities in rural areas of Ohio are eligible for this TA. More information here.
ServeOhio Make a Difference Day Grants
ServeOhio, in conjunction with its corporate Stewards of Service, Honda of America and AEP Ohio, announces the availability of grants to support community service projects organized for Make A Difference Day on October 28, 2017. Deadline is September 5th at 5 PM.
National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grants for Creative Placemaking
The National Endowment for the Arts has published guidelines and the application for the next funding round of Our Town, the agency's primary creative placemaking grants program. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities, under the program areas of either arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects or projects that build knowledge about creative placemaking. Deadline is September 11.
ArtsWave Catalyzing Impact Grant Program (Southwest Ohio)
The purpose of the Catalyzing Impact Grant Program is to encourage a breadth of programming through arts and cultural heritage projects that support the goals of ArtsWave's Blueprint for Collective Action. Deadline is September 13.
Catalyst Initiative
The Catalyst Initiative supports place-based project teams comprised of an individual artist and a civic (community, non-profit, or municipal) partner to conceive and execute a small-scale local arts-based project created in response to an expressed need by the partner. CPCP offers the cohort of artists and civic partners conceptual and process support throughout planning, implementation and evaluation of their projects. CPCP makes site-visits, convenes the cohort and supports documentation. An informational call is scheduled for September 6th. Deadline is September 15th.
Unitarian Universalist Fund for a Just Society
Grants are made to non-Unitarian Universalist groups in the U.S. and Canada that: use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society; mobilize those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power and the right to self-determination; and have an active focused campaign to create systemic change. Deadline is September 15.
Rocky Community Improvement Fund (Southeast Ohio)
RCIF will again be partnering with the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville for their Spring Grant distribution. This combined effort will allow for even more money to be channeled into the local community. Applications are now being accepted through September 15, 2017 for projects from local non-profits that benefit the citizens of Nelsonville and the surrounding areas.
Finance Fund Grants
Their grants are designed to create a better quality of life for people living in economically distressed urban and rural communities. 

Predevelopment Grant: Funding up to $30,000 is available for eligible activities that include feasibility studies, environmental review, legal research, engineering and architectural drawings and site plans, business plans, market studies, zoning and permit fees. More information here.

Economic Development Grant: These grants provide funding for projects that create long-term private sector jobs to strengthen an area's economic base. Grants up to $100,000 are made primarily for fixed assets such as real estate, machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures, etc. A portion of the funding may be used for administration. More information here.
Employment Opportunities
IMPACT Community Action, Columbus,  is seeking an Emergency Assistance/HEAP Adviser.  

East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation  is seeking a   Chief Executive Officer.

View more employment opportunities on our website.   Organizations with employment opportunities in community development may send their notices for free posting to Lisa Much.
State News
Actions for Medicaid Expansion
The Fight for Medicaid Expansion is not over.  All calls need to be made by September 6th to ensure that our voices are heard before their vote on these issues later that afternoon.

Senate President Larry Obhof wants the House to end Medicaid Expansion enrollment effective July 1, 2018. Those that are currently on the program and lose coverage due to finding employment would not be able to reapply after July 1, 2018.  This would quickly end health coverage for tens of thousands of Ohioans. We highly encourage you to call your State Representative and State Senator to ensure this veto is not over-ridden. 
Fentanyl, Cocaine Deaths Up as Overdose Total passed 4,000 in 2016
The number of overdose deaths in Ohio continued to climb in 2016, rising to 4,050 from 3,050 in 2015, according to a report released Wednesday by the Department of Health. Deaths from prescription opioid overdoses dropped from 667 in 2015 to 564 last year, according to ODH, the lowest level since 2009. The dramatic rise in total overdose deaths is increasingly driven by synthetic opioids - namely fentanyl and carfentanil - and cocaine. Fentanyl and related drugs were involved in 58.2% of all overdose deaths in the state, compared to 37.9% in 2015, 19.9% in 2014 and just 4% in 2013.
Federal News
House Plans to Vote on FY18 Housing Appropriations in Early September
The US House plans to vote on the FY18 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) spending bill in the first few days of September after members of Congress return from their month-long recess. The current plan is for the THUD bill to be combined with seven other domestic spending bills to form a larger package. Because of tight federal spending limits, the THUD bill would eliminate more than 140,000 housing vouchers and reduce flexible resources used by states and localities to build and preserve affordable homes and address community needs.

Even if the House passes the spending package, the Senate is unlikely to consider the bill. Because of the low domestic spending levels and conservative policy riders in the House spending bills, Democrats are expected to oppose them. Without some Democratic support, the Senate does not have the 60 votes it needs to approve the spending bills. The Senate continues to work on its spending bills, which exceed the Budget Control Act caps. This sets the stage for bipartisan negotiations. Congress and the administration will need to reach an agreement on final FY18 spending bills - or enact a short-term Continuing Resolution - before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1 or risk a government shutdown.

Given the limited time remaining before the start of the next fiscal year, Congress will likely need to rely on at least one short term stopgap spending bill to keep the government open when FY18 begins on October 1. Click here for an updated budget chart covering a variety of community development and housing programs.
New York Magazine Report on the Management and Direction of HUD
This important and insightful article in New York Magazine describes the management and direction of HUD. Is Anybody Home at HUD?
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