Volume 8, Issue 9 / September 29, 2017
We're Hiring!
OCDCA is searching for an AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager to manage the AmeriCorps VISTA and Summer Associate programs in collaboration with OCDCA programs and subsite members. This position is responsible for overall program management, effective recruitment, and placement of VISTA members whose service addresses poverty alleviation while aligning with the objectives, policies and procedures of the AmeriCorps programs. The position is full-time, with competitive salary, health benefits, retirement plan, and paid parking. Send a cover letter and resume to Nate Coffman by October 20th. 
OCDCA Receives Significant Gift from Fifth Third Bank for Microbusiness
OCDCA created the Ohio Microbusiness Recoverable Grant Fund to provide a sustainable pool of funding to the Ohio Microbusiness Development Program's community development organizations, who can then use the funds to make loans to local microentrepreneurs in their community.

We at Ohio CDC Association are eager to announce that the OMBDP Recoverable Grant Fund received a significant gift from  Fifth Third Bank . As this program gets rolling, we are delighted to strengthen our partnership with Fifth Third Bank to bolster Ohio microbusiness development programs and low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs throughout the state. 

The Ohio Microbusiness Recoverable Grant Fund (RGF) is a statewide fund, from which OCDCA makes recoverable grants to sub-sites of OCDCA's Microbusiness Development Grant Program, in order for the sub-site to then make loans to their low-to-moderate income microentrepreneur clients. Loan repayments are paid back to the subsite who repays OCDCA to replenish the grant fund, so that more grants for loans to microentrepreneurs can be made in the future. 

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. For questions, please contact David Foust at dfoust@ohiocdc.org
Request for Qualifications: Training & Technical Assistance Providers
The Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) requests credentials from trainers and technica 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.
Kiva: Community Backed Loans
Kiva is an online platform, that allows small business owners and non-profit leaders to crowd-fund, zero interest loans up to $10,000. The online platform allows for true peer-to-peer lending, giving communities a chance to support their local businesses, and for businesses to increase their reach and social capital. At Kiva, we are working alongside communities to create a fully inclusive economy.
Event and Date
Kiva: Community Backed Loans
October 24, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Farewell, David!
After six years of dedication, October 25th is David Foust's last day with the Ohio CDC Association.

David joined the OCDCA in September 2011. His primary responsibilities included leading an industry marketing and branding initiative, overseeing the microbusiness development program, as well as new programming initiatives.  Prior to this role, he served as the OCDCA Membership Manager where he assisted in coordinating membership activities, including training and technical assistance. 

He won't be out of our network though, as he joins member Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT) working to revitalize Columbus's Near East Side.  David will be missed, but we wish him the best on the next stages of his career!
OCDCA 2017 Annual Conference Next Week
Ohio CDC Association's 33rd Annual Conference in Toledo

Glass Half Full: Resilience in the Face of Adversity
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Manuel Pastor
October 5-6, 2017
Recently renovated Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Follow the excitement on Twitter with #cdcOhio17.

For those attending that would like 1:1 housing TA, please register for the LISC Housing Clinic on Thursday, October 5th. 

2017 Ohio CDC Association Annual Conference Made Possible By:
Member News
Welcome New Member!
TRIAD Architects in Columbus joins OCDCA as our newest 2017 member. Welcome!
Chase Donates $1.5 Million Towards South Side Housing
A $1.5-million grant will pay to renovate 75 rental units on the city's South Side through Community Development for all People over the next five years.
An $850,000 Federal Grant Will Implement Crime-Reduction Strategies on Youngstown's South Side
The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and its partners - the city of Youngstown, Youngstown Police Department, and Youngstown State University - were awarded an $850,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to implement crime-reduction strategies on the South Side. 
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
Making the Connection: Bringing Tax Wonks & Grassroots Activists Together to End Inequality
Prosperity Now, formerly CFED, recently released this report which seeks to identify how - as a field - we can more effectively harness the power of activists to impact tax policy. 
Advocates Tout Community Land Trusts for Solutions to Displacement, Blight
Community land trusts are a favorite tool of advocates who want to take a communitarian approach to property and public space in cities facing the challenges of population decline, blight, and gentrification. Read more.
AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight
Cleveland VISTAs Hold Event
Designing, Financing and Administering First-Time Home Buyer Programs
The National Community Stabilization Trust would like to inform you of a free upcoming event sponsored by Freddie Mac, Bank of America and other participating lending institutions, Coming Home Again!  October 3, Cincinnati, OH - Marriott Conference Center at University of Cincinnati  This interactive workshop will focus on helping nonprofit developers, counseling agencies, state and local government agencies, and other housing providers to successfully assist underserved households and to stabilize distressed communities.
Ohio Conference on Service & Volunteerism
Join ServeOhio on October 25th in Columbus for the Conference on Service and Volunteerism. The purpose is to create opportunities for inspiration, connection, and building 21st century skill sets that support the continued evolution and impact of Ohio's service and volunteerism professions. Register here.
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.
Funding Opportunities
Empowering Communities through the Power of Free, Live Music
The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is an exciting matching grant program made possible by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national private foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of free, live music. With Levitt AMP, the joy of free, live music is bringing communities together in small and mid-sized towns and cities across the country. Deadline is October 2.
St. Luke's Foundation - for Cuyahoga County Orgs Only
Saint Luke's Foundation provides funding in its three strategic program areas including healthy people, a strong neighborhood, and resilient families. Applications are due on October 2nd.
Obama Foundation Fellowship
The Obama Foundation Fellows will be a diverse set of community-minded rising stars - organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more - who are altering the civic engagement landscape. By engaging their fellow citizens to work together in new and meaningful ways, Obama Foundation Fellows will model how any individual can become an active citizen in their community. The inaugural class of 20 Fellows will be integral to shaping the program and the community of Fellows for future years. For this first class, we're seeking participants who are especially excited about helping us design, test, and refine the Fellowship. Deadline is October 6.
Dominion Foundation Community Grants
The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation will award up to $1 million in grants that address critical community needs to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in communities served by Dominion Energy companies. The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation will consider grant requests up to $50,000 that support one or more of the following: Housing and shelter, Access to medicine and medical services (including mental health services), Increased food security. Deadline is October 13.
2018 Ohio Microbusiness Development Program
Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) is accepting applications for organizations to become sub-sites to the Ohio Microbusiness Development Program. The purpose of the Ohio Microbusiness Development Program is to provide funding for community development organizations to further develop a local delivery system that encourages microbusiness development, provide low- and moderate-income households with access to capital for business development and self-employment, create and retain long-term jobs in the private sector. Apply by October 10th.
NFL Foundation Grassroots Program for Local Football Fields
The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program provides non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local football fields. The program is a partnership of the National Football League Foundation, which provides funding, and LISC, which provides technical assistance and manages the program. Deadline is October 16.
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.
Employment Opportunities
Ohio CDC Association is hiring an AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager.

Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, Columbus, is seeking a Researcher 2 to work on a federal grant.

LakewoodAlive is hiring a Staff Program Assistant.

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
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
House Sends Appropriations Omnibus to the Senate
In addition to passing a continuing resolution that funds the government through December 8, the House also passed a 12-bill appropriations omnibus package recently. Several amendments that were accepted would impact affordable housing and community development, including one that increased funding for the Community Development Block Grant program by a total of $110 million to $3.01 billion. The House bill still reduces funding for the HOME Investment Partnerships by $100 million to $850 million, an historic low for the program. The Senate will most likely not consider the CR and is instead expected to negotiate a large omnibus package by December. View the historic HUD/USDA budget chart by program.
Ben Carson: We're Changing HUD from a Bureaucracy to an Efficient Organization
HUD Secretary, Ben Carson, recently wrote an opinion piece where he lays out his plan for the agency. They have boiled their "plan down to the 'the three Rs,'" including re-imagining, re-storing, and re-thinking. Re-ad his piece in The Hill.
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