Volume 8, Issue 3 / March 31, 2017
Impact Investing Executive Education Program Scholarships Available
This cutting-edge three day course, led by the Tony R. Wells Foundation, enables nonprofit, foundation and social enterprise leaders to leverage the power of social enterprise and social impact investing together to increase impact, improve stability, and grow the sustainability of their organizations. OCDCA will be providing nine scholarships to members, three of which must go to staff from rural members through USDA RCDI, for the April 18-20, 2017 training. Scholarship recipients will only pay $300 towards the $2,100 course.  More details here.  Deadline for scholarships is March 31.
Scholarships Available for National People & Places Conference
NACEDA, an Ohio CDC Association partner, is co-hosting the People & Places 2017 Community Conference. Please plan to attend this pivotal event for the community development movement May 31 - June 2 in Arlington, VA. Ohio CDC Association, with NACEDA support, is pleased to, again, award a limited number of partial registration scholarships (equal to $200), which will be randomly selected from interested members. The registration rate is currently $325, so this provides selected members with a deep discount to the event. To be considered for a registration scholarship, please reply to this email or email Lisa Much, expressing your interest, by Friday, March 31 at noon, EST. Selected scholarship recipients must be current OCDCA members.
Ohio Microbusiness Summit: Best Practices - Monday, April 3rd!
If your organization has an existing microbusiness development program or if you want to learn more about microbusiness development in Ohio, don't miss this summit! 

Event and Date
2017 Microbusiness Summit: Best Practices
April 3, 2017
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
100 E. Broad Street
6th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Free to attend.
Lunch will be provided.

Creative Placemaking Ohio
Ohio CDC Association, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, and our partners are offering the Creative Placemaking Ohio workshops. We all know that, when done right, creative placemaking can foster collective community revitalization by uniting partners from a multitude of sectors to enact community change. Across Ohio, groups are already working on this and you can join in!

Meet these new allies at one of the Creative Placemaking Ohio workshops.

Event and Date Location Registration
Creative Placemaking Ohio
April 11, 2017
Fitton Center for Creative Arts
101 S. Monument Ave.
Hamilton, OH 45011
Free to attend.
Lunch will be provided.
Creative Placemaking Ohio
May 18, 2017
Seilers' Studio and Gallery
129 S. 7th Street
Zanesville, OH 43701
Free to attend.
Lunch will be provided.

Members traveling more than 50 miles one way may receive a reimbursable travel stipend. More information about these events is available here.
OCDCA Member Meetings
Please join Ohio CDC Association for industry updates and networking. We want to hear your thoughts on your successes, challenges, and ideas!

New this year, we will also focus on a specific community development tactic at each meeting: affordable housing; community economic development; financial empowerment; food access; and community engagement.

Choose either the location or the topic that speaks to you most!

Event and Date
Southeast Ohio
Theme: Food Access
April 19, 2017
10 AM - 12 PM
94 Columbus Road
Athens, OH 45701
Register Here!
Central Ohio
Theme: Financial Empowerment
June 14, 2017
10 AM - 12 PM
1655 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
Register Here!
Southwest Ohio
Theme: Community Economic Development
July 12, 2017
10 AM - 12 PM
Price Hill Will
3724 St. Lawrence Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45205
Register Here!

Northeast Ohio
Theme: Affordable Housing
Details being finalized...

Northwest Ohio
Theme: Community Engagement
Details being finalized...
Nutz & Boltz of IDAs - Save the Date - June 22nd
Who Should Attend?
  • Organizations considering or developing an IDA Program
  • Organizations that have an IDA program but have new hires
  • New IDA subsites
  • IDAs as a Strategy for Asset Building: Why and How do IDAs Work
  • The Building Blocks of Program Design
  • Assessing your Community's Needs: Defining your Target Population
  • Funding Resources and Opportunities Explained
  • IDA Program Management
  • Integration of IDAs into Other Agency Programs
Registration information is coming. We hope to see you there!
Save the Date! #cdcOhio17 is in Toledo October 5-6, 2017!
Toledo has a lot of exciting news and collaborations in the community development world! Join us this October at the brand new Renaissance Downtown Toledo Hotel as we explore all of the work going on in the Glass City. Read more here. Follow the excitement on Twitter with #cdcohio17.

Thank you to our early sponsors:
  • Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
  • Chase Bank
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Citizens Bank
  • Finance Fund
  • Ohio Housing Finance Agency
  • Enterprise
  • Ohio Savings Bank, a division of New York Community Bank
  • Regionomics LLC
  • Boenning & Scattergood
  • LISC Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference, please contact Nate Coffman or Lisa Much.
Member News
Welcome New Members!
Oak Hill Collaborative in Youngstown  and Home Repair Resource Center in Cleveland Heights join OCDCA as our newest 2017 members. Welcome!
Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership looking to tackle hunger issues
Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership plans to hold a series of meetings to discuss local access to food - the first took place Saturday morning. Read more and watch the video at WKBN 27.
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
Community Development Week is April 17-22 - Promote CDBG and HOME
This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the 26th anniversary of the HOME Investments Partnership (HOME) program. From April 17th to 22nd during Community Development Week, you and your community development partners will have an opportunity to showcase your accomplishments and projects in your communities that improved residents' quality of life. It is also a great time to educate residents and elected officials about the importance of the CDBG, HOME and other community development programs through the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) and how they affect the lives of low- and moderate-income people. If your community plans to participate or you're looking for ways to promote the work you do, please contact Deauna Gibbs at 614-752-9556 or deauna.gibbs@development.ohio.gov.
New Poverty Report Highlights Need for Federal Investments
A new report analyzing poverty in the state makes a strong case against President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to dozens of federal programs. The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies ' (OACAA) new annual State of Poverty Report shows that:
  • Between 2000-2015, Ohio's population grew by 2.4% (+258,366) while the poor population grew by 54.1% (+622,455).
  • A single parent with two children must work 109 hours per week at a minimum wage job to reach self-sufficiency without state or federal support.
  • Nearly half of Ohio's households lack liquid assets to stay out of poverty for three months.
  • More than 25.6% of children under the age of 6 live in poverty.
  • Overall, 8% of Ohio's children are both food insecure and ineligible for assistance - nearly double the national rate.

This map illustrates these issues:

Black Business Growth and its Untapped Potential for Exponential Growth
The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering microbusinesses, recently released its new report "The Tapestry of Black Business Ownership in America: Untapped Opportunities for Success."  The report set out to assess the economic strength and potential of Black-owned businesses, identify challenges and opportunities across a mosaic of segments, and launch a national discussion on how investors and policymakers can increase the effectiveness of programs designed to support Black entrepreneurship, keeping in mind that rich diversity. 
Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Challenge Toolkit
Home Matters America is excited to launch the Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Challenge Toolkit . The Toolkit is comprised of some of the most innovative and interesting universal design features from their competition's submissions. The competition asked designers to create "ageless designs" to allow adults to stay in their homes throughout their lives. This first-of-its-kind competition is part of an effort by AARP, AARP Foundation, Home Matters, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, and The Home Depot Foundation, which challenged architects and designers through a nationwide competition to create new standards in home design that allows people to stay in their homes throughout their lives. 
OCCD Foundation Scholarships Available
The Ohio Conference of Community Development Foundation shall promote the future of community and economic development through academic scholarships to students and young professionals pursuing degrees in related fields; advocate for research to improve and strengthen the lives and futures of Ohio citizens within their communities; and develop and offer educational opportunities to further member's knowledge of issues and practices in the community and economic development field. Applications are due by April 15.
AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight
Ohio CDC Association is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 VISTA Project yearlong and summer sub-sites. The process was very competitive, so we were unfortunately not able to fund every applicant. We're excited to work with the following organizations:

2017-2018 OCDCA AmeriCorps VISTA Sub-Sites
Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet)
Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions
Ashtabula County Community Action Agency
Burten, Bell, Carr Developement, Inc.
Campus District, Inc.
Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation
Community Action Organization of Scioto County, Inc.
Community Food Initiatives
Community Matters
East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation
Economic and Community Development Institute
HARCATUS Tri-County Community Action Organization, Inc.
Home Repair Resource Center
Homes on the Hill CDC
Increase CDC
Live Healthy Appalachia
North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Inc.
Partners Achieving Community Transformation
People Working Cooperatively
Pickaway County Community Action Organization
Rural Action
Shaker Heights Development Corporation
Slavic Village Development
St. Clair Superior Development Corporation
St. Mary Development Corporation
Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families
Tremont West Development Corporation
Vinton County Economic Development Board
Western Reserve Community Development Corporation
Working In Neighborhoods
Yellow Springs Home, Inc.

2017 OCDCA AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate Sub-Sites
Appalachian Center for Economic Networks
Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions
Ashtabula County Community Action Agency
Asian Services In Action, Inc.
East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation
Economic and Community Development Institute
Homes on the Hill CDC
North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Inc.
Rural Action
Shaker Heights Development Corporation
Slavic Village Development
Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF)
The Community Action Program Corporation of Washington Morgan Counties, Ohio
Tremont West Development Corporation
Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership

If you or someone you know is interested in serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the Ohio CDC Association, search for any of the above positions here.

Concerned about AmeriCorps in the FY 2018 budget? Get connected to Voices for National Service.
OCCH & OHFA Conference: Starting at Home
Join the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing for Starting at Home, April 27 and 28, at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. This unique conference brings together renowned professionals whose work connects research, practice and philanthropy in thought-provoking ways. View the agenda and register here.
Brown Bag: Pivoting New Investment & Housing Rehab in Ohio
Over the past few years substantial progress has been made toward raising funds for the removal of blighted structures that require demolition. This session will discuss new initiatives underway to raise funding for vacant homes that can be saved through renovation and reuse. Jim Rokakis, Vice President of Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Director of its Thriving Communities Institute, will discuss his efforts to rally support for a state budget line item that would include funding for housing rehab. Erika Anthony, Senior Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Research, will discuss a companion effort to mobilize community development funders and stakeholders for financing tools for housing rehab. Register here for this April 5th event.
NeighborWorks' Healthy Homes and Communities Webinars
Webinar Part 1: Health Care Financing 101 -- Thursday, 4/6/17 from 1:00 - 2:00PM
This webinar will help housing and development professionals to sharpen their understanding of current health care financing. We will highlight meaningful innovations in financing and their implications for housing and community development. Registration is required by clicking here.

Webinar Part 2: Understanding Financing of Health and Housing Partnerships -- Thursday, 5/4/17 from 1:00 - 2:00PM
Part 2 of the series will build on the first webinar to identify multiple financing strategies for health and housing partnerships. Speakers will highlight financing strategies supporting partnerships serving varied populations in diverse settings.
The Health and Wealth Connection
There is mounting evidence that the issues of financial, physical, and mental health are inexorably linked. The bi-directional relationship between health and socioeconomic status is one of the strongest and most consistent findings in public health, and health disparities remain among the most fundamental challenges to improving our nation's health. Join the Asset Funders Network on April 27th for this important conversation in Columbus.
OANO's Standards for Excellence Workshops
The Standards for Excellence are intended to describe how the most well managed and responsibly governed organizations should and do operate. During these educational clinics, OANO will address eight guiding principles, along with 58 Standards in nonprofit management.  Areas that are covered include: Mission and Program; Governing Body; Conflict of Interest; Human Resources; Financial and Legal; Public Accountability; Fundraising; and Public Affairs/Public Policy. Join OANO May 16th and 23rd in Toledo or May 18th and 25th in Cleveland.
Heritage Ohio Sash Mob
Heritage Ohio is partnering with Marsh Building Products, Marvin Windows and Doors,Habitat for Humanity Cincinnati, and Community Matters to teach window restoration while giving back to Lower Price Hill. Over the course of two days ( register for one day or two) May 20 and 21 you will learn about the basics of window anatomy, freeing up your stuck windows, installing weather stripping, repairing weight ropes and chains, cutting and replacing glass, and reglazing window sash.
Funding Opportunities
Save the Date - JPMorgan Chase Fourth PRO Neighborhoods Competition
JPMorgan Chase & Co will launch the fourth PRO Neighborhoods annual competition on April 3. Please sign up here to ensure you receive the application when the competition launches. 

Thriving neighborhoods are critical to the long-term economic success of individuals, communities, and cities. At a time when economic growth is often directed toward reviving commercial corridors and downtowns, many neighborhoods, families and small business owners are being left behind. Every city faces its own set of challenges and needs its own comprehensive strategy for economic growth that ensures opportunities to prosper are extended to distressed neighborhoods and the families that live there.

We know that many neighborhood quality issues are among the biggest drivers of racial and gender income and wealth inequality, and leaving these issues unaddressed is a missed economic opportunity for the entire region. That's why in 2017 PRO Neighborhoods will continue to support innovative strategies by local community development finance institutions that combine balance sheets, talent and technology to advance economic opportunity in distressed neighborhoods. 
Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program
VA is announcing the availability of per diem funds to currently operational GPD grantees which have their current transitional housing grants under VA's Homeless Providers GPD Program whose grants are scheduled to be terminated as discussed in an accompanying Federal Register notice. VA expects to fund 24 existing service centers and 12,000 beds with this NOFA for applicants who will operate service centers or use one or a combination of the following housing models: Bridge Housing, Low Demand, Respite Care, Clinical Treatment, and Service-Intensive Transitional Housing. Deadline is April 4, 2017.
CNCS Senior Corps
The Senior Corps RSVP Expansion Competition will award grants to eligible organizations proposing to engage RSVP volunteers age 55 and older in a diverse range of volunteer activities. Through this expansion competition, CNCS focuses on increasing the impact of national service in certain counties across the country. Applicants may apply for one or more counties. The minimum amount per grant is $75,000. In addition to serving one or more counties, Senior Corps' funding priorities for the competition will be the following: Evidence-based program implementations, Elder Justice, Education - Intergenerational Programming, Access to Care in Opioid Abuse, Aging in PLace - Transportation, and Economic Opportunity. Deadline is April 4.
ODJFS Responsible Fatherhood Grants
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) releases this Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) number JFSR1819178130 on behalf of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OCF) in order to award funding to a maximum of seven (7) organizations to implement fatherhood programs serving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)-eligible, low income, non-custodial, unemployed and under-employed fathers. Deadline is April 5.
HUD Research and Evaluation, Demonstration, & Data Analysis and Utilization
Applicants must meet the specific requirements and qualifications specified in the NOFA, including expertise in housing and service programs for low-income households, specific knowledge of the HUD programs to be evaluated, and demonstrable experience in the particular research methods and functions needed to undertake each project. Deadline is April 11, 2017.
NEA Challenge America Grant Program
The National Endowment for the Arts' Challenge America grant offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations - those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Applications due April 13, 2017.
Sparkplug Foundation Small Grants
The Sparkplug Foundation is a family foundation that funds start-up organizations and new projects of established organizations in music, education and community organizing. We aim to support the development of emerging democratic movements and communities working on issues of local democracy, justice, and sustainable energy in the rebuilding of the U.S. and global economies. Deadline is April 17.
$30K for 30 years of Change (for Appalachia)
The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is happy to announce we are launching a special grantmaking campaign in celebration of our 30th Anniversary.  These will all be relatively small grants of $500 - $1,000 with a focus on technical assistance and capacity building. Applications are due April 25th.
New 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.
Do You Receive Funding Opps?
OCDCA members receive a monthly newsletter called Funding Opps. Funding Opps is a more robust version of the Funding section of the monthly OCDCA newsletter. All OCDCA members may receive Funding Opps. If you are a current OCDCA member and do not receive this newsletter, please contact Lisa Much to ensure you receive it. If you are not a member of OCDCA, but are interested in this benefit, please contact Melissa Miller or visit our membership page for more information on joining.
Employment Opportunities
Ohio Development Services Agency is seeking a Manager, CSBG/HEAP Field Unit.

INCREASE CDC is hiring a Program Coordinator. 

Old Brooklyn CDC is seeking a multi-year Community Health Fellow

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
Ohio Housing Trust Fund Expansion Update
The Home Matters to Ohio campaign has continued to make strides to expand the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. Since launching the campaign, it has become clear that obtaining a funding increase through state general revenue may not be possible with the state struggling with increasingly inadequate revenue. 
Key members of the state legislature have expressed support for modifying the county recording fee as a way to generate more revenue for the Trust Fund as well as for local governments.  In response to this legislative interest, the Home Matters to Ohio campaign has shifted strategy to work cooperatively with the Ohio County Recorders Association to pursue a fee modification, which would expand resources for the Trust Fund as well as the counties. If you have any questions please contact Nate Coffman at  ncoffman@ohiocdc.org or 614-461-6392 x 207.
Payday Lending Legislation
Ohio Representatives Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) and Mike Ashford (D-Toledo) recently introduced legislation to reform a payday lending market that charges the highest rates in the nation, drains money from the state's economy and harms Ohio consumers. More than a million Ohioans have taken out high-cost payday loans. Ohio today has the highest payday loan rates in the nation-an average annual percentage rate (APR) of 591%. A typical Ohioan who has a $300 payday loan out for five months must pay back more than double the amount ($680) in interest and fees alone. The legislation introduced makes loans affordable by ensuring  monthly payments do not exceed 5% of a borrower's gross monthly income. The bill also sets a maximum on how much payday lenders can charge, limiting the annual interest rate to 28% plus monthly fees of 5% on the first $400 loaned, or $20 maximum.
Federal News
President Proposes Extreme Cuts to Community Development Programs
The Trump Administration released a fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget outline, or "skinny budget," that proposes draconian and extreme cuts to community development and housing programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD), the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) among others.

The budget proposes only $40.7 billion in funding for HUD, 13.2 percent below current levels, and proposes eliminating several critical programs, including Community Development Block Grants, HOME Investment Partnerships, Section 4 Capacity Building, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, and the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks) among others. It also calls for the elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Under this proposal in 2018 Ohio would lose $137,466,074 in CDBG and $38,905,750 in HOME funds.

In all 62 programs are proposed for elimination. While the "skinny budget" proposal is only the first step in a lengthy budget and appropriations process, it is a clear signal that community development and housing programs are at risk. It's important for practitioners to make your voices heard.

Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding - Sign on to urge Congress to raise the budget caps.  Find sample articles and tweets from CHCDF.

HOME Coalition - Sign the HOME Coalition's letter urging Congress to protect and restore funding for HOME.

Voices for National Service - Join them in asking Congress to protect the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. Ask your member of Congress to protect national service. It takes only two clicks to send an e-mail to Congress.

US House of Representatives - Click here to contact your representative.

US Senator Rob Portman - Click here to contact Senator Portman.

US Senator Sherrod Brown - Click here to contact Senator Brown.

Ohio Congressional Profiles - Click here for detailed profiles on each Ohio congressperson.

Community Development/Housing Staff - Click here for list of House and Senate staff.
Community Development Week is April 17-22 - Promote CDBG and HOME
This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the 26th anniversary of the HOME Investments Partnership (HOME) program. From April 17th to 22nd during Community Development Week, you and your community development partners will have an opportunity to showcase your accomplishments and projects in your communities that improved residents' quality of life. It is also a great time to educate residents and elected officials about the importance of the CDBG, HOME and other community development programs through the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) and how they affect the lives of low- and moderate-income people. If your community plans to participate or you're looking for ways to promote the work you do, please contact Deauna Gibbs at 614-752-9556 or deauna.gibbs@development.ohio.gov.
National Attention - MarketPlace Talks About LIHTC Struggles
On Wednesday, March 29th, MarketPlace ran a four minute story "Will tax reform upend market for low-income housing?" 
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