Volume 8, Issue 10 / October 31, 2017
OCDCA News
OCDCA Receives Significant Gift from Bank of America for Social Enterprise
Ohio CDC Association is delighted to announce a significant gift from the Bank of America Foundation for the new Social Enterprise Incubation Program

The Social Enterprise Incubation Program (SEIP) provides training and development for community development corporations (CDCs) interested in expanding into social enterprise activities. Social enterprises are entrepreneurial activities that provide social good while generating a profit. The SEIP is a four phase academy where CDCs complete rigorous social enterprise training and receive technical assistance from OCDCA. It culminates in a pitch competition where CDCs receive investment funds.

Thank you, Bank of America! We could not do this work without your support!
Request for Qualifications: Training & Technical Assistance Providers
The Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) requests credentials from trainers and technical assistance providers for our programs for CDCs (Community Development Corporations). Providers are needed in the areas of affordable housing, community economic development, food access, community empowerment and financial empowerment. We encourage trainers or organizations to submit credentials at any time during the year. However, priority will be given to training topics submitted by October 31, 2017 for 2018 calendar year. Member proposal and qualifications get preference over non-member trainer and consultants. Read more.
Microbusiness Summit: Social Media Marketing & Peer Lending
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!

The 2017 Microbusiness Summit will allow participants to share ideas about resources and strategies to bolster the effectiveness of their microbusiness program.

It will feature networking opportunities and panel discussions about resources for microbusiness development programs, including social media marketing and peer lending. 

Event and Date Location Registration
Microbusiness Summit
November 2, 2017
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Chase Building
6th Floor Board Room
100 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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 two scholarships to members, one of which must go to staff from a rural member through USDA RCDI, for the December 12-14, 2017 training. Recipients will only pay $300 towards the $2,100 course. Apply here.
AmeriCorps VISTA RFP Time is Just Around the Corner
The RFP for the full-year VISTAs will be released December 1, 2017. Please join us for a webinar to help determine if AmeriCorps VISTA is right for your organization.

Event and Date Location Registration
Is AmeriCorps VISTA Right for your Organization?
December 13, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Webinar

First time applying? Don't miss the TA webinar for the applications. Get all your questions answered!

Event and Date Location Registration
VISTA RFP TA Webinar
January 16, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Webinar
OCDCA 33rd Annual Conference Follow Up and Award Winners
Another conference has come and gone. This year's conference broke all attendance records as we welcomed 300 people to Toledo. Thanks to everyone that came out to Toledo and a huge thanks to our wonderful host committee and sponsors without whom there would be no conference at all. We are thrilled to state that 87% of the people who responded to our conference evaluation indicated that they learned about a program they plan to explore for implementation in their community. That's the type of stuff we love to hear! 

We were also pleased to present our annual member awards on Friday, October 6:
  • Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, CDC of the Year
  • Bobbi Reichtell, Campus District, CDC Staff Member of the Year
  • Akron Community Revitalization Fund, CDC Project of the Year
  • Chef Kathryn McGushin, ACEnet, CDC Community Leader of the Year
  • Ross, Sinclaire and Associates, CDC Partner of the Year
  • Tammi Neuscheler, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, Stephanie J. Bevens Award Winner
  • John Post, Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families, Ned D. Neuhausel Award 
  • Tiffany Sokol, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, CDC Rising Star
The award winners were selected by an independent volunteer committee. Congrats to all the winners!

Stay tuned for information about the 2018 conference in Columbus!

Thank you again to our wonderful 2017 Ohio CDC Association Annual Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors:
Member News
Welcome New Member!
City of Eastlake joins OCDCA as our newest 2017 member. Welcome!
Knight Foundation Sends $720,000 to Akron Neighborhoods on the Tipping Point
Member Zac Kohl of The Well Akron paid $4,500 for a condemned house on Jewett Street in Middlebury. That was back in 2012, when the poor Akron neighborhood had even fewer cheap and vacant houses than it does today. The Knight Foundation is investing in Akron's tipping point neighborhoods as described in the Akron Beacon Journal
America's 'Overdose Capital' is Rising Up, And It's Time for the Media to Pay Attention
Huffington Post recently ran a piece about the reality of Dayton. There is a lot of hope there. Member, East End Community Services, gets a mention in this piece. "Every year, they connect over 1,000 people to services that help support their growth and stability: helping families, after all, is the best way to heal a community." Read the whole story.
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
A New Book Explains How Regional Food Systems Can Transform Economies
When appropriately tailored to the local context, investments in regional food systems can lead to economic benefits for both urban and rural communities. Learn how and get a free download from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Three Lessons From the Rust Belt on Growing a Healthy City
Armando Carbonell and Torey Hollingsworth of the Greater Ohio Policy Center's Op-Ed was recently published in Next City.
AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight
October was a big month for the OCDCA VISTA project! All our VISTAs were in attendance at the annual conference in Toledo, and their help in running the conference was greatly appreciated. We'd like to highlight our VISTA Christina Ehrlich this month, who worked with volunteers from AK Steel to improve homes in her community!
Events
Open Enrollment Begins Tomorrow
The Health Care Marketplace opens tomorrow November 1-December 15. UHCAN Ohio has created a How to Enroll on Your Own flyer and a How to Enroll on Your Own Fact Sheet
Year 15: Transition Strategies for Expiring LIHTC Properties
Many Low-Income Housing Tax Credit properties are reaching the end of the 15 year Low-Income Housing Tax Credit compliance period, and are eligible for sale to their sponsors. Year 10 in the life of a tax credit deal is an ideal time to begin planning and taking action. In this session, Enterprise will discuss disposition strategies for the nonprofit sponsor, and review partnership provisions including rights of first refusal, purchase options, exit taxes, and preservation of affordability. They'll briefly discuss understanding capital accounts, an action plan for preparing for Year 15, and review hypothetical case studies. Join them November 1.
A State Policy Blueprint & Primer: Advancing a Path to Prosperity for All
Ready to strengthen your racially equitable policy and advocacy efforts? Join Prosperity Now for a deeper dive into racial wealth equity policies and strategies for policymakers, advocates and practitioners. Though racial wealth disparities seem stark, there are, fortunately, numerous policy inroads for making change. Prosperity Now has developed two powerful new tools-the State Policy Blueprint and the Racial Equity Design & Advocacy Primer-to help your campaign or coalition engage in equitable policy design & advocacy to ensure financial security and pathways to prosperity for all. Register for this interactive webinar to take place on November 2.
2017 Ohio Housing Conference
Registration is now open for the Ohio Housing Conference! This conference, hosted by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, is one of the largest housing conferences in the nation. View the registration brochure. Non-profits scholarships can be applied for through the registration link.
Creative Ohio: Healthy Communities
Creative Ohio is a collaborative event presented by the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio History Connection, and the Ohio Humanities Council in partnership with Heritage Ohio and the Ohio Citizen's for the Arts.  This year is themed around Healthy Communities. Guest keynote speakers will be Robert Post and Dr. E. Gordon Gee. Join them December 4.
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.
OHFA Housing Assistance to Reduce Infant Mortality
The Ohio Housing FinanceAgency (OHFA) is seeking proposals to establish a time-limited housing assistance pilot program to expand housing opportunities and demonstrate the effectiveness of a time-limited rental subsidy targeted to households that include pregnant women, new mothers or infants within the first year of life. The pilot program must include rental assistance, access to maternal and child health care services, social service supports and activities to foster long-term housing stability. The goal of the pilot program is to assess the potential impact of a rental subsidy to reduce the risk factors for infant mortality and increase housing stability of low-income households with children. Deadline is November 1.
AEP Access to Environmental Education Fund
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) invites educators and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to apply for the 2015 AEP Access to Environmental Education Mini-Grant program. Projects encouraging youth participation in learning experiences linked to local natural resources and sharing the lessons learned with their communities are eligible for funding. Eligibility extends to educators and nonprofit organizations throughout the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. Deadline is November 13.
FY 2017 Jobs Plus Initiative Grant Program
The Jobs Plus program develops locally-based, job-driven approaches that increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing. The place-based Jobs Plus program addresses poverty among public housing residents by incentivizing and enabling employment through earned income disregards for working residents and a set of services designed to support work including employer linkages, job placement and counseling, educational advancement, and financial counseling. Deadline is November 17.
HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant
The Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing and catalyzing critical improvements in the neighborhood, including vacant property, housing, businesses, services and schools. Deadline is November 22.
ServeOhio AmeriCorps State Notice of Funding
Unlike OCDCA's AmeriCorps VISTA project, AmeriCorps State members may engage in direct service. Applicants must submit a notice of intent to apply by November 6. Application is due December 1.
Employment Opportunities
Working in Neighborhoods, Cincinnati, is hiring a Community Engagement Coordinator and Housing Development Coordinator.

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
Land Contract Legislation Introduced
State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D - Youngstown) has introduced legislation to rein in the abuse of land contracts. Several community leaders gathered in front of a dilapidated house on the South Side to discuss her new legislation. 
CHDO Guidelines & Application Available
The 2018 CHDO Guidelines and Application for Certification are now posted to the OHFA website. If your organization is planning to be a CHDO partner in the upcoming 2018 Housing Tax Credit round, you must apply for CHDO certification before the HTC proposal is submitted.

The application is due Tuesday October 31, 2017 but applicants can ask for an extension by contacting OHFA staff at CHDOcertification@ohiohome.org. All applications must be received no later than Tuesday November 14, 2017.
New QAP Can Reward Capacity Building Partnerships
Recently the 2018 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) was approved by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) board. An addition advocated for by OCDCA was a mechanism to help incentivize and reward meaningful partnerships with non-profits to also assist with capacity building. This QAP allows for a $75,000 developer fee bonus to non-profits for projects engaged in capacity building partnerships (pg. 36 redline). It is our hope that non-profit members are able to take advantage of this provision when negotiating agreements. We'll continue to advocate for the importance of strong and meaningful local non-profit partnerships.
Hardest Hit Fund/Save the Dream Changes
OHFA recently made eligibility changes to the Save the Dream program. The changes in the guidelines went into effect on September 26 and allow for disability hardships, relief for delinquent taxes for homeowners who have a mortgage and meet certain requirements, and an increase in the sustainability ratio that will benefit additional homeowners. If you have any questions please contact HHFCounselor@ohiohome.org.
Federal News
Congress Passes Budget Resolution, Sets Stage for Tax Reform
From Enterprise Community Partners...Last week, Congress passed a budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2018 that paves the way for tax reform legislation to be accomplished through reconciliation, a tool that authorizes the Senate to pass legislation with 50 votes. The budget resolution also allows the federal deficit to increase by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years to account for reduced revenue resulting from proposed decreases to corporate and individual tax rates. The budget resolution passed narrowly in both the Senate (51-49) and the House (216-212), with Democrats in unanimous opposition and several Republicans voting against it because of two primary objections - the increase in deficit spending and the potential for the state and local tax deduction to be eliminated in tax reform. 

Republican leadership hopes to pass tax legislation before the end of the year, but several other contentious issues - including funding the government after the current continuing resolution expires on December 8 and passing additional disaster recovery resources - will also require lawmakers' attention in the few remaining weeks.

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX-8) is expected to release the text of his committee's tax reform bill on November 1, followed by a markup in the committee the week of November 6 and a vote on the House floor the week of November 13. The Senate is expected to follow closely behind the House, with a markup of a tax reform bill in the Senate Finance Committee the week of November 13.

Sign HOME Coalition Letter and Submit HOME Success Stories by November 10
The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is looking for HOME success stories. Congress has yet to finalize its fiscal year (FY) 2018 spending bills, and the House proposed cutting HOME by $100 million to a historic low of $850 million. 
 
For over 20 years, HOME has been one of the most effective, flexible, and locally driven tools to help states and communities address their most pressing housing challenges. Recent cuts to HOME from more than $1.8 billion in 2010 to $950 million in 2017 have only made it more difficult for America's most vulnerable households to access a safe, decent, and affordable home. 
  1. Sign on to the HOME Coalition's letter urging Congress to restore HOME funding to at least $1.2 billion in FY 2018. Sign your organization on to the letter now.
  2. Submit HOME success stories to show the impact of the HOME Program and give a face to who the program serves. Please use this HOME success story template and submit stories to Althea Arnold (aarnold@ncsha.org) or Clay Kerchof (ckerchof@enterprisecommunity.org).
The deadline to sign your organization onto the letter and submit success stories is November 10. Thank you for your support of this crucial resource.
Republican's Proposed Tax cuts Go Mostly to Those with Highest Incomes
Source: Tax Policy Center (2017). A Preliminary Analysis of the United Framework. Washington, DC: Author.

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