Volume 8, Issue 6 / June 29, 2017
Who is the CDC of the Year?
OCDCA is issuing a call for nominations for the annual Ohio CDC Association member awards.These awards recognize CDCs, their staff and volunteers, projects, partners and advocates who have made exemplary contributions to the community development field. Winners will be announced at the 33rd Annual Conference at the Member Awards Breakfast on Friday, October 6th in Toledo. Nominations are accepted until August 4th.
Major Discount for National Development Council Training for OCDCA Members
OCDCA, in partnership with OHFA, was pleased to provide 12 scholarships for the upcoming National Development Council Economic Development Finance Training in Columbus. Members that did not receive a scholarship are still eligible to attend at a large discount. Normally, the price to attend the series is $5,500, but OCDCA members can attend at the discounted price of $2,000 for the entire series or $500 for each training. More information and registration is here. To get the discount code, please contact Melissa Miller.
2017 OCDCA Member Meetings: Your Voice Matters
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 Location Registration
Southwest Ohio
Theme: Community Economic Development
July 12, 2017
10 AM - 12 PM
Price Hill Will
3724 St. Lawrence Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45205

Northwest Ohio
Theme: Community Engagement
August 16, 2017
10 AM - 12 PM
Nexus Health Care
1415 Jefferson Ave.
Toledo, OH 43604
Northeast Ohio
Theme: Affordable Housing
August 22, 2017
10 AM - 12 PM
The Dealership
3558 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

2017 Membership Meetings are proudly supported by:
Glass Half Full: Resilience in the Face of Adversity
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 sponsors!  If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference, please contact Nate Coffman or Lisa Much at lmuch@ohiocdc.org .
Member News
Welcome New Members!
ABCD Inc. in Canton and FutureHeights in Cleveland Heights join  OCDCA as our newest 2017 members. Welcome!
Congrats AmeriCorps State Recipients
ServeOhio recently announced the recipients of $7.3M in AmeriCorps State Grants. Congrats to OCDCA members: City of Dayton, Rural Action, and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation for receiving a combined 119 State AmeriCorps positions to better serve your communities! Read more.
Congrats ArtPlace America Finalists
Recently, ArtPlaceAmerica announced its 70 finalists for their National Creative Placemaking Fund.The National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF) is one of four ArtPlace programs. The NCPF is designed to invest in planning and development projects that deploy arts and culture to strengthen their community. Congrats to the two OCDCA members on that list: East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation and Walnut Hills Redevelopment Fund. Read more.
Cleveland Housing Network Receives National Attention
The Cleveland Housing Network is the cover story in this month's Affordable Housing Finance Magazine. The article focuses on their flagship Lease Purchase program, but also takes a look at their work more broadly.  
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
Asset Funders Network Financial Coaching Census 2016
To address these questions and support the growth of the financial coaching field, the Center for Financial Security (CFS) and Asset Funders Network (AFN), developed the second annual Financial Coaching Census to better understand the financial coaching field, from its size to its scope, identifying both challenges and opportunities. View or download the report.
Belt Publishing Accepting Stories for The Columbus Anthology
We're looking for submissions that speak to the development of Columbus, Ohio. Once called "Cowtown," Columbus has grown extensively over the last twenty years. We want to hear from the people who are from Columbus, who've seen it change, who've been part of the change, and from people who moved here because of and/or in spite of the change. If you're an artist, essayist, poet, musician, mother, father, son, or daughter, and you've got a story to tell about life in Columbus, we want to hear it. Submissions are due by August 31.
AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight
After dedicating a year or more of service in an effort to alleviate poverty and build capacity at community development organizations throughout Ohio, many of the Ohio CDC Association AmeriCorps VISTA members concluded their service last Friday, June 23rd.

Our VISTA Members have made significant contributions to their communities, and while these contributions cannot be simply reduced to numbers, there are many impressive quantitative measures that deserve highlighting. Over the last year, our VISTA Members have:
  • Recruited more than 900 community volunteers, who completed over 2,000 hours of volunteer service.
  • Organized or attended over 250 community events to support their organization's services.
  • Raised over $700,000 in cash and in-kind contributions.
These measures are only a sample of the concrete efforts that our VISTA Members have made during their service year. As many of our VISTA Members head to school to complete advanced degrees or continue with their careers in community development, we have no doubt that they will continue to make a difference in their communities.

Some of our VISTAs were even hired on as full-time staff members at their site locations. These include Beth Combs at Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families (SELF) in Hamilton, Liz Weiler at Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization in Cleveland, and Lindsay Wheeler at Famicos Foundation in Cleveland.

In addition, several of our current VISTA Members are re-enrolling for another year of service. They includes Joe Linksy, currently serving at Slavic Village Development in Cleveland, Kristian Hunter at Collinwood Nottingham Villages in Cleveland, and Caitlin Joseph at East Akron Neighborhood Development.

OCDCA's own VISTA, Patrick Creedon, left our office to serve as VISTA Leader at the Ohio Association of Free Clinics.

Wherever life takes the OCDCA 2016-2017 AmeriCorps VISTAs, we cannot say thank you enough. Thank you for your year of dedication, hard work, and commitment to your communities and your country.
Mitigating Liability in Affordable Accessible/Adaptive Housing
Join Accessibility Matters for their Online Training Program: "Home Sweet Accessible Home: Mitigating Liability in Accessible/Adaptable Multifamily Housing" that will clear up critical "gray areas", HUD's exceptions, and offer cost-efficient solutions and best practices to keep your risk for vulnerability to lawsuits at bay. Register here.
Leasing & Marketing Training
Join the Council for Rural Housing & Development of Ohio on July 12 for a leasing and marketing training. Topics are Action Leasing: Lease Better, Faster, Higher, Further and Miserly Marketing: How to Get Superior Results on an Inferior Budget. Learn more.
Creating Sustainable Funding for Your Nonprofit
In this OANO webinar on July 13, you'll learn a metrics-based, step-by-step process for building and filling a pipeline of individual donors who understand your work and want to see your organization sustained for the long-term. Participants are encouraged to bring other staff, board, and volunteers to engage them in this practical and effective approach. Register here.
Huntington's 16th Annual Seeds for Growth
It's time to mark your calendars for the 16th Annual Seeds for Growth workshop. This event will be held at the Columbus Main Library, 96 S. Grant Avenue, on July 26th from 7:45 - 1:30. This year's workshop will focus on the perceptions in your work and the validity of those perceptions. The day tentatively features interactive discussions on: the impact of development turnover (why development officers leave); budget re-frame - from perceptions to new thinking; and perception is not reality keynote panel discussion.
Vanguard Australia Accepting Applications for Young Professional Attendees
Vanguard Australia will bring together 50 of the brightest urban leaders for five days of learning, exchanging ideas and building relationships with fellow innovators from cities across the world. Participants are selected through a competitive application process. Applications for the conference are due August 1, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. EST. The only requirement is that you must be dedicated to improving cities. The application fee is $50. 
Funding Opportunities
Finance Fund Core Programs Application Opens July 1
Finance Fund is pleased to announce that it will OPEN its Core Programs application period on July 1, 2017. Core Programs are: Predevelopment Grants - Maximum award $30,000 and Economic Development Grants - Maximum award $100,000. Application period opens July 1.
Big Lots Grants - Hunger & Housing
Grants are accepted until July 1 for organizations affecting Hunger & Housing, including providing nutritious food or meals; providing emergency  food assistance; or educating families or individuals about the importance of healthy eating and preventing families or individuals from losing their housing; providing affordable, stable housing; and providing emergency shelter for families and individuals.
BJA FY 17 Second Chance Act Reentry and Mentoring Program
The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and returning to communities. There are currently over 2.2 million individuals serving time in our federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through tribal and local jails every year . Ninety-five percent of all people incarcerated today will eventually be released and will return to communities. The coordination of reentry of members of Native American tribes is even more complex given that they can return from federal, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), state, local, and tribal facilities. The Second Chance Act helps to ensure that the transition individuals make from prison, jail, or juvenile residential facilities to the community is successful and promotes public safety. Deadline is July 5.
Thomas C. & Sandra S. Sullivan Foundation - Cuyahoga County Only
The Foundation provides operating and program support to organizations that serve the poor and needy. The goal is to fund programs with a record of success in making a profound improvement in the lives of disadvantaged members of our community. Deadline is July 15.
USDA Rural Housing Preservation Grant
The HPG program is a grant program which provides qualified public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, which may include but not be limited to Faith-Based and Community Organizations, and other eligible entities grant funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. In addition, the HPG program assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low-income persons. Deadline is July 17.
PeopleForBikes Funding
PeopleForBikes accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. PeopleForBikes only funds projects in the United States. Requests must support a specific project or program; we do not grant funds for general operating costs. Deadline is July 21.
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
ECDI is seeking a Relationship Manager for their Cleveland office. 

Ohio Development Services Agency, Columbus, is seeking a Manager, Residential Revitalization

County Corp, Dayton, is hiring a Construction 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
Ohio Housing Trust Fund Update
The final budget bill released yesterday does not include the proposal to expand the Ohio Housing Trust Fund through restructuring recording fees. While this is disappointing, we are encouraged by the fact that we came quite close to securing a major funding increase for affordable housing in an extremely tight budget cycle. Although we were not successful this time around, the effort was productive in elevating the Trust Fund and housing needs in Ohio and fostering stakeholder collaboration. The Home Matters to Ohio campaign created a new focus on housing issues and increased legislators' support for the Trust Fund as a critical part of the solution.

Support to strengthen the Trust Fund remained strong among legislators in both chambers throughout the budget process but Senate leadership's opposition to any kind of fee increases unfortunately prevailed. We want to thank all of the members and stakeholders for your calls, emails, letters and texts asking legislators to support the proposal. Those efforts helped build support that will be transferable into the future. The effort came very close with strong support from Representatives Ryan Smith, Kirk Schuring, Jonathon Dever, Senator Matt Dolan among others. If you see any of those officials please be sure to thank them for their support.

We're hopeful that future efforts can help realize additional much-needed resources to affordable housing and community development. We thank you again for your advocacy! If you have any questions please contact Nate Coffman at ncoffman@ohiocdc.org or 614-461-6392 x 207.
QAP18 Draft and Forum
The draft 2018-19 Qualified Allocation Plan is now available for review on OHFA's website. This QAP was developed with considerable input from their stakeholder communities and focuses on five priority policies: Smart Revitalization, Portfolio Diversification, Healthy Living, Ending Homelessness, and Cost Efficiency.

OHFA will accept public comments through August 25, 2017; suggestions regarding the Limited Scope Rehabilitation Sustainability Standards should be submitted through this online survey. Please also join them for a public forum on July 11, 2017, at the Columbus Main Library, or for their legal hearing on July 18, 2017. To submit written comments or schedule a one-on-one meeting with their policy staff, please contact them at QAP@ohiohome.org.
After Decline of Steel and Coal, Ohio Fears Health Care Jobs are Next
NPR's Robert Siegel recently reported on the impact of potential loss of Medicaid and the main employer in Steubenville - Trinity Health Systems. This nearly nine minute report features interviews with a number of people, including Mike McGlumphy of the Jefferson County Community Action Council.
Federal News
House Settles on Tentative Budget Agreement on FY 2018
The House Budget Committee is planning to release a budget resolution this week which calls for increased funding for defense programs while cutting domestic programs in fiscal year (FY) 2018. Reports suggest that the resolution would set domestic spending levels at $511 billion, which is $4 billion below the current allocations. If passed, the measure would also threaten funding for domestic programs beyond 2018, as it may instruct committees to cut up to $200 billion from mandatory domestic programs over the next decade. 

While the House Appropriations Committee moves forward with the $511 billion topline number, the absence of a budget deal in the Senate has led appropriators in that chamber to begin drafting bills to FY 2017 levels - a slightly higher $518 billion. House and Senate spending bills will likely advance out of committee before the August congressional recess, but a busy legislative agenda calls into question whether either chamber will send appropriations bills to the floor before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. In that case, Congress will likely pass at least a short-term Continuing Resolution to fund the government in the beginning of FY 2018. 

The low domestic budget numbers come on the heels of the President's budget request, which called for a reduction of over $6 billion in the HUD budget, and could result in cuts to vital housing and community development programs. 
Out of Reach 2017: Ohio's Housing Wage is $15
The National Low-income Housing Coalition recently released Out of Reach 2017. The report's Housing Wage is the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest apartment while spending no more than 30% of his or her income on rent and utilities. This year, Ohio's average two-bedroom Housing Wage is $15.00 per hour. 

Low and Median Wages Barely Increased Since 1973, While Those at the Top Saw Sizable Gains
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