Volume 9, Issue 3 / April 6, 2018
Empowering Communities RFP Now Open
OCDCA and the CareSource Foundation are launching the Empowering Communities Grant Challenge. The Empowering Communities Grant Challenge will provide funding for innovative solutions to unique community challenges that involve the social determinants of health. Applications are due by May 4, 2018. Join us for an informational and a technical assistance webinar for this brand new funding opportunity.

Event and Date Location Registration
What is Empowering Communities?
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Event and Date Location Registration
Empowering Communities RFP TA Webinar
April 10, 2018
10:00 - 11:30 AM
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OCDCA Releases 2017 Annual Report
Ohio CDC Association has just released its 2017 Annual Report. Special thanks to our members, partners, sponsors, and funders for supporting us through 2017. We had a great year, and are looking forward to an even better 2018!
OCDCA Members! Give Us Your Thoughts
As our membership grows and changes each year, we like to ask you, our member, what you are doing and how we can better serve your organization. Members, would you please take just 10 minutes to complete this brief survey? As a thank you for taking a moment out of your day, you will be entered into a drawing to win a free conference registration to OCDCA's 34th Annual Conference in Columbus on October 3-5, 2018.
Ohio Microbusiness Summit
Join us for a day of informative sessions, discussion, and networking with microbusiness program providers throughout the state.  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! 

Featured Speaker, Gary Schoeniger  Founder & CEO of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative. Gary is the co-author of Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely EntrepreneurIn addition to the guest speaker, the agenda will include networking and a tour of ECDI's Women's Business Center and the Food Commissary. This event is free to attend and lunch will be provided.
Event and Date
Location Registration
Ohio Microbusiness Summit
May 17, 2018
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
1655 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
Register Here!
The Ohio Microbusiness Summits are supported by Citizens Bank.
Harnessing the Forces of Gentrification to Improve your Neighborhood
For years, communities working to improve their economy have struggled with the forces of gentrification. In this workshop, we will explore how to define and measure gentrification, and practical tools to promote inclusive neighborhood development.

Presenters for this training are Brian Higgins of Parsons Area Redevelopment Corporation and Mark Barbash. This event is free to attend. Attendees will have lunch on their own.
Event and Date
Location Registration
Harnessing the Forces of Gentrification to Improve your Neighborhood
June 7, 2018
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Ohio CDC Association
100 E. Broad Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Register Here!
OCDCA Announces AmeriCorps VISTA Sub-Sites and Open Positions
In February, OCDCA awarded thirty-two OCDCA members positions for a year-long AmeriCorps VISTA to begin summer 2018. VISTA Members are full-time volunteers that serve at a non-profit organization and focus their efforts on building organizational, administrative, and financial capacity for organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, strengthen community groups, and otherwise assist low-income communities. We are currently recruiting for these positions, including an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader to serve in our office. Please share these positions widely to help recruit. 
Building Community Together
Save the Date! #cdcOhio18 is in Columbus October 3-5, 2018!
Join us this October in the Capitol City at the Westin Columbus Downtown as we explore all of the work going on in the Arch City. Read more here. Follow the excitement on Twitter with #cdcohio18.

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference, please contact Lisa Much .
Member News
Welcome New Members!
Midtown Cleveland, Inc. and Gordon Square Arts District in Cleveland join OCDCA as our newest 2018 members. Welcome!
Stuck in Dial-Up Age, Rural Ohio Still Pushing for High-Speed Internet
Terri Fetherolf has two wishes for Vinton County: clean water and fast internet. The first is imperative for its safety and health. "But rolling out broadband is key to our economic survival," said Fetherolf, Vinton County's development director. Read the full article in The Columbus Dispatch.
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
FHLB Comments Due by May 14th
A new set of rules has been proposed for the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) by the Federal Home Loan Bank's (FHLB) regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Proposed changes include expanded review of the AHP development team, establishment of multiple AHP pools, new statutory and regulatory priorities, new scoring and feasibility parameters, changes in retention requirements, etc. The FHFA is seeking comment on the proposed rule by close of business on May 14, 2018. The FHLB Cincinnati will be formally soliciting comments from its Members and affordable housing partners in the next few weeks. For questions or additional information, please contact the Housing and Community Investment Department at (888) 345-2246.
HDGF Application Package Now Available
The 2018 Housing Development Gap Financing program's full application package , including applicable guidelines, useful forms, and helpful website links is now on OHFA's website.
OneOhio Now Releases Story Through Statistics
OneOhio Now has released The State of Ohio: A Story Through Statistics. This easy-to-read report looks at a variety of issues including infant mortality, college tuition, unemployment and 13 other key indicators to offer a comprehensive view of how Ohio is measuring up to other states. 
Cleveland Fed Community Advisory Council
The Cleveland Fed seeks members for a council that will inform and advise the Cleveland Fed's Community Development Department and senior bank leaders on issues impacting underserved and lower-income communities. They invite applications from leaders of community development organizations and experts familiar with issues such as household financial stability, workforce development, small business, and housing. Learn more.
AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight
From L to R - Paul Rich (OCDCA), Caroline Keyes (Rural Action), Catilin Bond (Rural Action), Katie Conlon (Community Food Initiatives), Raina   Schoonover (Community Food Initiatives)
A Mayor' Day  Recognition event was held in Athens on Tuesday, April 3. The event was put together to celebrate those who have chosen to dedicate their time and efforts to national service through the various branches of AmeriCorps, as well as other community service organizations. In attendance were some 60 service members and local government officials, as well as representatives from the Corporation for National and Community Service, Senate and House offices, and Governor Kasich's office.  The event started with a service portion, making seed pods for use in local gardening efforts, and then proceeded to a panel made up of service members. On the panel was OCDCA's own Katie Conlon, a VISTA serving at Community Food Initiatives! Katie and the other panelists spoke about how service has changed and deepened their relationships to the community and their careers in general. We were very proud to see a member of the OCDCA VISTA project speak so highly about the impact of service, and we had fun celebrating national service with all the service members down in Athens!
Online registration for the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group's ( PCRG) 2018 Community Development Summit is open now through EventBrite! Get your tickets online before April 15 to take advantage of their Early Bird pricing. At each Summit, they have a number of keynote speakers, time for networking, mobile tours, and sessions that are relevant to practitioners of community development. This year, sessions will focus on equity in housing, development, and re-use of land; equity in economic development; access to capital, banking, and financing; engagement and community outreach; and transportation, sustainability, and mobility.
April is Financial Capability Month, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is inviting you to send your questions about credit reports and scores on Twitter using #AskCFPB. Prosperity Now has materials to help you celebrate and are encouraging the use of the hashtag #FinCapMonth.
Join the Council for Rural Housing & Development of Ohio on May 14-16 for their annual summit. Register here.
Funding Opportunities
Sparkplug Foundation Funds for Organizing
The Sparkplug Foundation is a family foundation that funds start-up organizations and new projects of established organizations in music, education and community organizing. We aim to support the development of emerging democratic movements and communities working on issues of local democracy, justice, and sustainable energy in the rebuilding of the U.S. and global economies. Deadline is April 10.
HHS Pension Counseling & Information Projects
The goal of the Pension Counseling & Information Program is to help individuals understand and exercise their pension rights The regional counseling projects promote protection of the rights, financial security, and independence of older individuals and empower them to make informed choices for a secure retirement. Successful applicants will demonstrate a proven record of advising and representing individuals who have been denied employer or union-sponsored pensions or other retirement savings plan benefits, and will have the capacity to deliver services on a regional basis. Deadline is April 16.
HUD Youth Homeless Demonstration Program (YHDP)
The goal of the YHDP is to support up to 11 communities, at least 5 of which will be rural, in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness, and sharing that experience with and mobilizing communities around the country toward the same end. The population to be served by this demonstration program is youth experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied and pregnant or parenting youth, where no member of the household is older than 24. Deadline is April 17.
Aetna Foundation: Cultivating Healthy Communities
The Aetna Foundation will award grants to organizations that increase opportunities for low-income, minority communities to make healthy choices in the places they live, work, learn, and play. Grant requests can range between 50-100 thousand for projects that span 18 to 24 months. The Foundation seek partners whose work addresses pressing issues in the following domains: Built Environment, Community Safety, Environmental Exposures, Healthy Behaviors, and Social/Economic Factors. The application is due on April 18.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Funding for Public Art
Applications must be submitted by the mayor or chief executive of the host city on behalf of a collaboration between the city and an artist and/or arts organization.  Deadline is April 19.
Employment Opportunities
Enterprise Community Partners, Cleveland, is seeking a Program Officer.

Community Building Partnership of Stark County, Canton, is seeking a Home Lending and Counseling 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
Payday Lending Reform Update
Coalition leaders are still working to advance HB 123, a measure to reform Ohio's worst-in-the-country payday lending system. Unfortunately it appears that the House legislation has stalled. The introduction of a Senate bill is anticipated. "I think it is a concern when you look around the state and see things like 600% interest rates, allegedly," said Senate President Larry Obhof (R - Medina). "Nobody should be stuck in a death spiral of debt that they can't get out of." 

Numerous newspapers have lambasted the legislature for their lack of action such as the Columbus Dispatch, The Plain Dealer, Youngstown Vindicator, and Akron Beacon-Journal. The lack of action is best summed up by coalition partner Pastor Tom Stephenson's OpEd who is grieved that this deplorable practice is permitted. The New York Times Editorial Board said "The lenders are blocking bills restricting the industry in other states, including Ohio, where borrowers typically pay an annual rate of 591 percent - the highest payday loan costs in the United States.'' The Columbus Dispatch Editorial Board wrote that "As always, the legislative process would be the best way to create law. But if legislators - many supported by campaign contributions from the lending lobby - don't get the job done, a ballot initiative will be welcome.'' 

In that spirit coalition leaders have begun the process to place meaningful payday lending reform on the ballot. The first summary petition was denied by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office but the coalition is undeterred. This is quite common with ballot issues given their inherent complexities. The language has been remedied and will be submitted along with revised petitions later this month. Deep appreciation to the many members that collected signatures for the first submission. If you would like to assist in collecting signatures for the revised petition please contact Nate Coffman at ncoffman@ohiocdc.org or 614-461-6392 x 207.
Opportunity Zone Census Tracts Submitted
OhioCorps Bill Expanded to Include Northeast Ohio
A proposed program that matches college-age mentors with at-risk youth would expand its initial launch into northeast Ohio, under a new version of legislation. The House Finance Committee approved an amendment to the proposal ( HB 508) establishing the OhioCorps program that backers say would give students hope and opportunities in the wake of the drug crisis. The amendment from Rep. Scott Ryan (R-Newark) expands the pilot project, initially intended to focus on southeastern Ohio, into nearly half of the state's counties. It would also increase the appropriation for the program to 2.5M. Widespread interest in the program from across the state prompted lawmakers to consider expanding the program outside of just one corner, he said. The hope is that the pilot program will eventually grow to cover the entire state.
Federal News
FY 2018 1.3T Dollar Spending Bill Includes Increases for Housing and Community Development
As part of the bill signed into law recently, overall HUD funding increased 4.6 billion dollars over FY17, more than 12 billion dollars above the president's FY18 request. The approximate 10% increase is in line with the 10% overall increase the bill provides to non-defense discretionary programs. HOME funding increased (412 million) as part of the agreement, as did the Community Development Block Grant Program (305 million). USDA housing and rural development programs also saw increases. The budget also included a new line item for 100M in social impact partnerships. View a list of expenditures compared with past years. This is certainly positive given the last eight years of austerity but there still is a long way to go to get to pre-2010 funding levels and beyond.
Source: NLIHC analysis of federal appropriations enacted by Congress
Congressman David Joyce Learns about Importance of HUD Funding
OCDCA is working with the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio ( COHHIO) to make the long-term case to key Ohio congressional officials about the importance of adequately funding community development and affordable housing in the HUD budget. Congressman David Joyce (R - Geauga County) recently attended an educational convening with COHHIO and OCDCA members at the offices of Extended Housing in Painesville and learned about how housing is foundational to success and how federal programs work together to leverage resources to uplift the community. Our organizations will continue to make the case in DC and throughout Ohio. 
From L to R - Gina Wilt (COHHIO), Karen McLeod (Extended Housing), Congressman David Joyce, Nate Coffman (OCDCA), Bill Faith (COHHIO)
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Boost
The president recently signed the FY 2018 omnibus spending package into law with provisions, taken from the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S. 548/H.R. 1661), that will strengthen and expand the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit). The omnibus authorizes a 12.5 percent increase in Housing Credit allocation for four years (2018-2021) and allows income averaging in Housing Credit properties on a permanent basis. Novogradac and Co. estimates that this temporary expansion will increase affordable housing production by approximately 28,400 rental homes over the next decade. For more information about the Housing Credit, see Enterprise's blog on expanding and strengthening the Housing Credit and the ACTION Campaign's blog post on the FY 2018 omnibus.
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