Volume 10, Issue 2 / March 1, 2019
Quick List: Ways to Get the Most from Your Membership
Scholarships Available for NDC Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) Certification Program
Ohio CDC Association is partnering with Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) to bring the National Development Council (NDC) Housing Development Finance Training to Ohio.  Normally, the price to attend an entire NDC series is $5,500. OCDCA will be giving out subsidized scholarships for 6 participants. With this scholarships, the participants will only pay $500 dollars for the entire class. Scholarship recipients must be current OCDCA members. Apply by March 13 for a scholarship.
How Creative Placemaking Can Unlock the Power of Your Small Town
Join us for a rural creative placemaking training facilitated by Brian Friedman of Plan F Solutions.

This training will focus on the intersection of arts and culture and community engagement in a rural setting. Examples will be used about workforce development, cultural tourism, and the importance of equity. Included in this facilitation will be a group engagement around barriers to engage artists in typical community development efforts.
Event and Date
How Creative Placemaking Can Unlock the Power of Your Small Town
May 8, 2019
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fairfield County District Library
219 North Broad Street
Lancaster, OH 43139
Thank you to PNC Bank for supporting this training.
Social Enterprise Incubation Program Phase 3 Participants Selected
This week, we launched Phase 3 of the Social Enterprise Incubation Program where three OCDCA members receive technical assistance with CauseImpact to get their projects going. Congrats to LakewoodAlive, North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC), and StarkFresh for being selected.
The Social Enterprise Incubation Program is supported by Bank of America.
Save the Date! OCDCA's Annual Conference is in Canton-Stark, October 9-11, 2019!
Join us this October in the Hall of Fame region at the historic McKinley Grand Hotel as we explore all of the work going on in Canton-Stark. Read more here. Follow the excitement on Twitter with #cdcOhio19.

Thank you to our early sponsors:
  • Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
  • PNC Bank
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Regionomics LLC
  • Visit Canton
  • IFF
If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference, please contact Lisa Much.
Member News
Welcome New Members!
Impact Change Now and Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses from Cincinnati join OCDCA as our newest 2019 members. Welcome!
IMPACT Community Action Featured on WOSU TV
IMPACT's Building Futures & Vocational Training and Certification (VTAC) programs were featured on WOSU TV's Columbus Neighborhoods. Learn more about both these construction trade programs and IMPACT's commitment to ambitious workforce goals that boost diversity and expand economic opportunities for individuals and build communities. 
Putting Community Health Ahead of Profit
Recently, Integrated Services for Behavioral Health was mentioned in Risk & Business Magazine.
Why 2019 Could Be the Year Cincinnati Tackles Its Housing Problems
A whole new effort to craft a citywide housing strategy for Cincinnati is currently underway. A group of local organizations, officials and experts are working together to address a range of community problems holding back thousands of local families. The need for a community-wide unified vision, where organizations participate and see what they could do toward it is clear. "If there is a housing strategy that everyone can buy into, the resources will follow," Kathy Schwab, Executive Director of LISC Cincinnati. Read the WCPO 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
NCRC and City of Columbus Invest in Land Trust Homes
Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther in his state of the city address said he plans to include $3.8 million in the 2019 capital budget for a test project to build 30 new homes that would be part of a newly formed community land trust intended to keep them affordable for decades. Another $7.2 million would come from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition for those homes, which are to be built this year in Franklinton, the South Side, the Near East Side and Weinland Park. The $3.8 million would be in addition to $50 million for affordable housing that the city is planning to ask voters to approve in the May primary as part of a $1.03 billion bond package, he said. The city still is working on a plan for how to spend that money ahead of the election, though it likely will be for both building new units and renovating existing properties.
2019 Prosperity Now Scorecard Finds Millions of Families  Live in Economic Uncertainty 
The 2019 Prosperity Now Scorecard reports that 40% of households are liquid-asset poor, meaning they lack savings to make ends meet for three months at the poverty level if their income is interrupted. Despite a growing economy, the Scorecard shows household financial vulnerability across the country, income levels not keeping up with rising housing costs, and persistent racial disparities in income, wealth, and homeownership.
IRS to Finalize Opportunity Zones; GOPC Prepares Resources
The Federal Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service are scheduled to finalize Opportunity Zones regulations in Q1 of 2019, which will most likely clarify outstanding questions about the program. Communities should be prepared to attract investment into their designated Zones quickly. The Greater Ohio Policy Center has prepared a "Frequently Asked Questions" blog to help communities better understand Opportunity Zones and to provide suggestions on how to attract Fund investment. 
Food Finance White Paper Series: Food Systems & Development Finance
The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) announced the debut of their first white paper on how traditional development finance tools can be used to demonstrate the viability of the food system as an asset class. Many food-related initiatives, projects, and businesses have lacked sufficient resources and financing for economic and community development, largely because the food system as a whole has not been formally defined as an asset class. If your organization has completed any food-related projects that utilized traditional development finance tools, CDFA would like to hear about them. Please contact CDFA to submit a project or financing program. 
NLIHC Housing Policy Forum
NLIHC's 2019 Housing Policy Forum: Seizing the Moment for Bold Solutions will take place in Washington, DC, March 27-29, 2019.  
Housing Ohio 2019
The Housing Ohio 2019 conference marks COHHIO's 25th anniversary! Join COHHIO April 8-10 to celebrate a quarter century serving as a platform to advance innovative strategies to end homelessness and expand affordable housing in the Buckeye State. 
People & Places - Washington DC - April 15-17
Be part of the event that galvanizes the community development movement! Join people from different regions, cultures, and national networks as we share what's working to strengthen places and advance racial equity. We'll inspire each other, strengthen our skills, and unite our networks. Together, we will go to Capitol Hill to meet with Members of the U.S. Congress about issues facing low-income people and disinvested places. Learn more about this national community development conference.
Save the Date: PCRG 2019 Summit
Join  Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group on May 8-9, 2019 in Pittsburgh.
Funding Opportunities
ServeOhio National Day of Service Funding
ServeOhio, in conjunction with its partners, Honda of America, Mfg., American Electric Power Foundation, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, announces the availability of grants to support community service projects organized for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) on April 12-14, 2019. The application form must be completed, signed, and submitted by Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM.      
ASIA, Inc. Requests Proposals to Increase Voter Participation in Ohio
Interested organizations can apply online by downloading the application and submitting the completed proposal to Kimlee Sureemee ( kimlee.sur@asiaohio.org) by Friday, March 8, 2019. Grant amounts will range from $300 - $4,000. All activities must be completed by the 2019 October 7th voter registration deadline for the November General election. 
Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship
To support the efforts of leaders in cities, states, and regions across the country, the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA) seeks applicants for the PAYA Grant Initiative. Sites selected to receive grants will form the core of a visible national community of innovators at the forefront of the movement to expand participation in high-quality youth apprenticeship programs that produce equitable outcomes for students, employers and communities. Deadline is March 8.
Public Health Service
The purpose of this funding is to provide operational support for new service delivery sites to improve the health of the nation's underserved communities and vulnerable populations by expanding access to affordable, accessible, quality, and cost effective primary health care services. Deadline is March 12.
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 March 15.
Finance Fund 2019 Grant Cycle
Finance Fund is pleased to announce that it will open its grants application cycle on Monday, March 18, 2019 and accept applications for approximately 45 days . There are two types of grants available:

Predevelopment Grants - Maximum award $30,000 and generally to support predevelopment activities related to affordable housing projects.

Economic Development Grants - Maximum award $100,000 to support affordable housing or mixed use projects with all or significantly all of other needed funds committed.
Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund to Support Partnership in Appalachian Ohio
The Donald R. Myers Legacy Fund was created to support projects and activities of organizations in the 32 Appalachian counties in Ohio that improve quality of life with emphasis on concerns Mr. Myers worked so passionately to address: education, regional networking opportunities, support for community leaders, and fulfillment of basic needs. Deadline is March 21.
Employment Opportunities
LakewoodAlive, Lakewood, is seeking an Event and Volunteer Coordinator and a Tool Box Coordinator.

Ohio Development Services Agency , is seeking a Supportive Housing Specialist.

Community Food Initiatives, Athens, is seeking an Executive Director.

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
Home Matters to Ohio Advocating for Ohio Housing Trust Fund Expansion
Nearly two years ago hundreds of organizations across Ohio joined the campaign to expand the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, the primary source of state funding for homeless and affordable housing services. 

While the amendment was not included in the final state budget, the Home Matters to Ohio has continued working to educate state policymakers about how the Trust Fund can help our state tackle homelessness and the growing shortage of affordable housing, while boosting the economy. 

As the State prepares for another round of budget negotiations, we are optimistic that an expansion of the Housing Trust Fund will be included in the next biennial budget bill. There is no specific proposal to invest General Revenue or increase fees yet, but we have received positive feedback on both options from various stakeholders. 

If you have any questions on the efforts to expand the Trust Fund, please contact Nate Coffman at ncoffman@ohiocdc.org or 614-461-6392 x 207. 

Thank you for supporting the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. 
CFPB Rule Rescission Will Not Undermine Ohio Payday Lending Reform
Recently the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed rescinding payday lending consumer protections completed by the bureau in 2017. Fortunately for Ohio, the proposed rescission will not undermine payday lending reform passed last year that will become effective this April. Unfortunately for much of the rest of the country, the lack of federal protections will enable predatory lending practices to continue.   A recent Plain Dealer article describes the Ohio law and its interaction with federal rules. Additionally the   Pew Charitable Trusts explains how the dismantling of the rule will harm millions. A public comment period for the proposal is available until May 15th.  OCDCA will be submitting a public comment letter to CFPB and will be in touch with the membership to sign-on.
Fair Lending Through Land Contracts Act
Mahoning Valley lawmakers recently introduced bipartisan legislation to protect those that purchase homes through land installment contracts. Mahoning and Trumbull counties have the highest number of such contracts in the state. House Bill 103, The Fair Lending through Land Contracts Act, will benefit consumers, enhance communities, strengthen the state's real estate market, create business for trustworthy lenders, landlords, and realtors, and drive bad actors out of the market," Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan(D-Youngstown) said in a statement. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to secure passage of this extremely important and long-overdue legislation." She introduced the bill with Rep. Don Manning (R-New Middletown). Sen Michael Rulli (R-Salem) and Sen. Sean O'Brien (D-Hubbard) will introduce the Senate version
Federal News
Congress and the White House Agree to FY 2019 Spending Deals
After months of negotiation and a long government shutdown, Congress finally reached a deal on full-year spending bills to fund the seven agencies operating under a Continuing Resolutions for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The President signed the appropriations into law, ensuring that there would be no further shutdowns in FY 2019 and providing much-needed certainty for important community development and housing programs administered by HUD and other agencies. The bill funds HUD with $44.2 billion, a nearly 4 percent increase over current funding levels; the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program with $3.3 billion; and the HOME Investment Partnerships program with $1.25 billion. For more details, see NLIHC's updated budget chart.
Restore HOME Funding to $1.5B in FY 2020
The HOME Coalition is circulating a nationwide letter urging lawmakers to restore funding for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) to at least $1.5 billion in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill. Please consider signing on to this letter.

The HOME Coalition thanks Congress for rejecting the Administration's proposed elimination of HOME in FY 2018 and 2019 but is concerned by Congress' cut to HOME in FY 2019. HOME funding is flexible and is an essential source of gap financing for Housing Credit projects. It is critical for lawmakers to restore funding to a successful program that has weathered too many cuts.

Given the growing need for affordable housing across the country and the great benefits that HOME provides, the HOME Coalition is urging Congress to restore HOME funding to at least $1.5 billion in FY 2020. The deadline to sign on is COB Friday, March 8. Please sign on and send to your networks to do the same.
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