Volume 10, Issue 1 / January 31, 2019
Quick List: Ways to Get the Most from Your Membership
AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate RFP Now Open
OCDCA welcomes organizations to apply to become a Summer Associate VISTA sub-site. Organizations must be current, good standing members to submit an application to become a sub-site to the OCDCA VISTA Project to begin June 2019. Applications are due by 5 PM EST on February 13, 2019.

First time applying? Get all your questions answered! 
Event and Date
December 18, 2018
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Social Enterprise Incubation Program Technical Assistance
Interested in receiving technical assistance for the start-up or expansion of your organization's social venture? Apply for the third phase of the Social Enterprise Incubation Program. This is a competitive application process. No more than three nonprofit organizations will be selected to participate in the 2019 OCDCA cohort program. The application deadline is noon on Friday, February 8th 2019. The kick-off event for the cohort will be February 26th.

Support for the Social Enterprise Incubation Program is provided by Bank of America:
Member News
Welcome New Members!
SuperSeeds and 4 Awareness in Cincinnati join OCDCA as our newest 2019 members. Welcome!
Family earns 500th habitat home
In Linden a new home was just dedicated to a family of ten and the ceremony was filled with love and excitement. The 500th family received their  Habitat for Humanity-Mid Ohio home today. A total of seven homes in the Linden area have been built by volunteers. Read more.
Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance awarded $150K to help local moms secure well-paying culinary jobs
The Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance has received a $150,000 grant aimed at helping residents secure well-paying jobs while expanding the culinary presence on Kenmore Boulevard. The CareSource Foundation's two-year, $75,000-per-year grant will pay for the nonprofit Jump On Board for Success (JOBS) to train, license and prepare struggling Kenmore mothers for culinary careers. Read more.
New community development leaders have big plans for Northside, Price Hill and Walnut Hills
Three of Cincinnati's busiest neighborhoods have new leadership at their CDCs, bring what Hamet called "fresh ideas" and "fresh connections" to their work. Read more.
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
National Partnership Releases Impact Report
The National Community Action Partnership released today the first-of-its-kind National Impact Report: Building Opportunities for All. The report is a unique and comprehensive illustration of the collective impact of Community Action Agencies across the country-including the 48 agencies in Ohio who serve all 88 counties. Spotlight stories throughout the report highlight Community Action initiatives and projects relating to jobs, asset building, health and well-being, community development, children and families, and housing. Ohio's Community Action Akron Summit, whose community initiative drastically reduced the wait time to get recovery treatment for Summit County residents suffering from addiction, was one of those features. Read the report.
The Inextricable Link Between Housing and Health
Mark McDermott of Enterprise Community Partners and Thomas Strauss of the Sisters of Charity Health System explain the important link between between housing and health in Crain's Cleveland Business.
2019 Prosperity Now Scorecard is Now Available
Combining robust data at the national and state levels, an interactive map and relevant policy information, the 2019 Prosperity Now Scorecard is a powerful tool for revealing the financial lives of Americans beyond the headlines. 
Going Live! The Ohio Housing Locator adds Lead-Safe Option
The Ohio Housing Locator, which makes it easy for those living in Ohio to find safe affordable rental homes, will now have a lead-safe option included. A property is considered lead-safe if it was constructed after January 1, 1978 or has passed a lead clearance examination and determined to be lead free if it was built before 1978. The lead-safe option is anticipated to be available as one of the searchable filter options of the Ohio Housing Locator beginning in February of 2019. 

If you are interested in listing your rental properties free of charge and would like more information, please contact ayesha.heffner@odh.ohio.gov or wait for the next edition of this newsletter for details of how to list your rental units on this no cost statewide resource. The Ohio Department of Health, partnered with the Ohio Department of Medicaid, seeks to educate families seeking rental housing of the availability and the features free to users of the Ohio Housing locator statewide.
Bank of America Student Leaders
Bank of America is helping develop the next generation of community leaders through Student LeadersĀ® which recognizes community-minded high school students and connects them to employment, skills development, leadership training and service. Student Leaders will work at a local nonprofit this summer and join other students from around the country in Washington D.C. for a national Student Leadership Summit. They are currently recruiting high school juniors and seniors from Cuyaoga, Geauga, Summit, Franklin, and Hamilton counties. The pay is $15/hour. Deadline to apply is February 1.
AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight
On Monday, January 18, 2019, several of the OCDCA AmeriCorps VISTA members participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day National Day of Service at Mid-Ohio Food Bank in Columbus. 

While there, they were able to help families procure healthy food.

Thank you to all of the VISTA Members that participated in this or other service events that weekend!
Federal Qualified Opportunity Zones Webinar
Join Heritage Ohio on February 6th for a webinar on opportunity zones. This webinar will provide an overview of the technical aspects of the program. Suggested strategies will be offered for using the QOZ program in mid-western cities and how you can combine QOZ investments with other economic incentives.
NeighborWorks Rocking it in Cleveland
The peer networking and the courses and workshops in which you will participate at this NeighborWorks Training Institute from February 18 - 22, 2019 will build the skills and add to the information you need to address not only today's community development challenges, but also to anticipate tomorrow's. It will leave you refreshed, energized, and ready to return home with a "to-do" list. Join NeighborWorks to learn and network in Cleveland -- building your skills, maximizing your effectiveness and enhancing your career. 
Greater Ohio Policy Center 2019 Summit
Join Greater Ohio Policy Center on March 14, 2019 in Columbus. Registration is now open!
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
America's Healthy Food Financing Initiative Reinvestment Fund
Reinvestment Fund is soliciting grant applications for projects or partnerships that will increase access to healthy fresh food for low-income and underserved populations. Deadline to apply is February 14.
Art Works
Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts' principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation's 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Deadline is February 14.
AmerisourceBergen Foundation Opioid Resource Grant Program
AmerisourceBergen invites nonprofit, grant-funded, 501(c)3 organizations to apply for a grant, by providing proposals that describe how the AmerisourceBergen Foundation can best contribute resources and funding to address opioid misuse. Grants will be awarded for the most innovative and constructive solutions and priority will be given to concepts addressing these three key areas of focus: safe disposal, education around prevention, and innovative solutions. Deadline for LOI is February 15.
Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) program awards grants that support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities.  Deadline is February 15.
Kessler Foundation Signature Employee Grants
Kessler Foundation awards Signature Employment Grants yearly to support non-traditional solutions that increase employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Deadline is February 22.
Community Action Grant Guidelines
The Gannett Foundation supports community building ideas and programs through A Community Thrives (ACT), its national project and local operating grants making program. Local organizations in communities served by Gannett Co., Inc. can be eligible for operating grants. All organizations interested in pursuing support from the Foundation must apply to A Community Thrives. Applications are due February 26 on the ACT website.
ArtsWave Catalyzing Impact Grant Program (Southwest Ohio Only)
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. Application deadline is February 27.
Employment Opportunities
Village of Yellow Springs is hiring a Village Manager.

The Well Akron CDC is seeking a Kitchen Manager.

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
How Ohio Solved Payday Loan Reform
For years Ohio had the most expensive payday loans in the nation. Lenders charged Ohio consumers up to four times more than they did in other states. When the Ohio Fairness in Lending Act (HB 123) is implemented this April borrowers will experience dramatically lower costs and an end to debt traps. The Pew Charitable Trusts recently produced a video telling the Ohio story. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is considering rules that could increase responsible competition and further reduce the cost of borrowing in Ohio and across the country. Thank you to the many members that signed on to OCDCA's public comment letter to the FDIC sharing the Ohio story and how more can be done to help borrowers.
Ohio Housing Trust Fund Expansion
Home Matters to Ohio advocates will be attempting another much-needed expansion of the Ohio Housing Trust Fund in this year's state budget process. In 2017 the coalition was able to have recording fee increases placed in the House budget version but unfortunately were not successful in the Senate. Housing is foundational and impacts success from education to health as explained in this OpEd from the President of Columbus State Community College. OHFA has also updated their economic impact report demonstrating $11.56 in gross state product for every $1 expended from the fund. Stay tuned to sign your organization up in support of expansion.
Federal News
Executive Order Directs Federal Agencies to Collaborate on Opportunity Zones
From Enterprise Community Partners... Recently the President signed an Executive Order on Opportunity Zones that established the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. The Council is tasked with finding ways to align federal agency priorities and funding in urban and economically distressed areas, including with the new Opportunity Zones tax incentive. HUD Secretary Ben Carson will lead this Interagency Council, to be comprised of representatives from 13 federal agencies, including the Departments of Agriculture and Treasury and the Small Business Administration. The Executive Order calls on the Council to prioritize Opportunity Zones in federal efforts to support lower-income communities, such as
grant funding, loan guarantees, infrastructure spending and crime prevention.

Enterprise has concerns that the Interagency Council may unintentionally divert resources away from the tens of thousands of census tracts that have a great need for capital and economic revitalization but were not designated as a Qualified Opportunity Zone. Since only 25 percent of the distressed communities in each state, territory, and the District of Columbia could be designated as Qualified Opportunity Zones, directing all or even most federal resources to these communities would be detrimental to the remaining 75 percent of distressed communities.

At the same time, we are pleased that the White House acknowledged in the Executive Order the importance of collecting data on the effectiveness of Opportunity Fund investments. That information will be critical for stakeholders, including community members and government officials, to evaluate the efficacy of this new tax incentive. Read Enterprise President Laurel Blatchford's statement recognizing the Administration for its commitment to measuring the effectiveness of Opportunity Zone investments.
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