Volume 9, Issue 5 / June 1, 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.
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!
The Intersection of Land Banks and Community Development
This training will outline the effective collaboration between CDCs and land banks to allow for the highest impact in communities. While both CDCs and land banks are effective tools for revitalization, the collaboration between these organizations can create a larger impact in the communities most in need. 

Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership will be presenting. They will offer best practices in approaching land banks to create strong successful partnerships, successes and failures in managing a land bank, and how land banks and CDCs can work together to ensure that residents are involved in the future of their neighborhoods.
Event and Date
Location Registration
The Intersection of Land Banks and Community Development
June 19, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Webinar  Register Here!
2018 OCDCA Membership Meetings
Please join Ohio CDC Association for industry updates and networking. We want to hear your thoughts on your successes, challenges, and ideas! 

Attendees do not have to be a member of the Ohio CDC Association to attend these meetings. We welcome all community development and community-based organizations, local governments, public officials, and more!

New this year, we will be having discussion around the topic of health and community development.
Northeast Ohio Member Meeting
The Well CDC
647 East Market Street 
Akron, OH, 44304
June 14, 2018
10 AM - 12 PM
Northwest Ohio Member Meeting
Nexus Health Care
1415 Jefferson Avenue 
Toledo, OH, 43604
June 21, 2018
10 AM - 12 PM
Southwest Ohio Member Meeting
Community Matters
2110 Saint Michael Street 
Cincinnati, OH, 45204
July 26, 2018
10 AM - 12 PM
Central Ohio Member Meeting
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
111 Liberty Street, Suite 100 
Columbus, OH, 43215
August 2, 2018
10 AM - 12 PM
Southeast Ohio Member Meeting
Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development
1 Pinchot Lane
Athens, OH 45701
August 15, 2018
10 AM - 12 PM

2018 Membership Meetings are sponsored by Fifth Third Bank:
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!
Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority and Liberty Schindel join OCDCA as our newest 2018 members. Welcome!
Getting Ahead of Gentrification in the South Side of Columbus
Rev. John Edgar, the head of the OCDCA member, Community Development for All People, wrote a feature story in the Spring 2018 edition of Shelterforce.
And the Nominees are ...
Nineteen development projects that have made a positive contribution to city neighborhoods have been designated as finalists by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress for the organization's fourth Vibrant City Awards. Read more.
Rebuilding Together: Volunteers Give TLC to 'Nice, Solid Houses'
The project in the Little Farms neighborhood was the culmination of months of preparation for the 2018 Rebuilding a Healthy Neighborhood, an initiative by the Columbus-based nonprofit, Rebuilding Together Central Ohio, that targets a different community each year. 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
GOPC Launches Online Toolkit for Smaller Legacy Cities
In partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Greater Ohio Policy Center is releasing an online toolkit with resources for practitioners working to revitalize smaller legacy cities. The Smaller Legacy City Toolkit compiles materials from respected sources to help local government, nonprofit, philanthropic, and private-sector leaders implement the eight revitalization strategies that were identified in the report Revitalizing America's Smaller Legacy Cities . This toolkit is intended to help leaders of revitalization efforts free up time for creating and implementing their vision for the future by compiling high-quality resources into a single online toolkit.

The toolkit features three kinds of resources for each of the revitalization strategies:
  • Tools, including how-to guides and checklists;
  • Programs, often with examples of replicable initiatives; and
  • Background information, which includes white papers and websites that further explain the strategy, program, or tool.
HDGF Frequently Asked Questions Posted
In advance of the June 4th - 14th Housing Development Gap Financing application window, OHFA posted the HDGF Frequently Asked Questions document. Covering a broad range of topics, this guidance confirms and further answers questions raised during HDGF training events. OHFA will continue to accept HDGF questions and post answers as requested. 
Community Development and Hospital Partnerships
The National Alliance of Community and Economic Development Associations ( NACEDA ) held a webinar that helps explain community development partnerships with the health sector and how they relate to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
Federal Reserve Community Advisory Council
The Federal Reserve Board is accepting nominations for their community advisory council through June 15, 2018. The Community Advisory Council is a diverse group of experts who meet semiannually with the Board of Governors. They provide a range of perspectives on economic circumstances and financial services needs of consumers and communities, particularly low- and moderate-income. Learn more about the advisory council and how to apply.
AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight
As the VISTA year is coming to an end, we'd like to look back at some of the great work that our VISTAs have accomplished this year:
  • Over 1200 volunteers have been recruited by our VISTAs, with significant recruitment efforts from Dylan Bean at Live Healthy Appalachia and Christina Ehrlich at Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families;
  • Those volunteers have performed over 20,000 hours of service, providing much-needed assistance to our member organizations;
  • Over $650,000 has been raised across our VISTA projects, in large part due to Eleanor Gaston at Yellow Springs Home, Inc.;
  • Over 900 individuals have received training as a result of our VISTAs's work in areas such as housing counseling, asset development, and healthy foods, with many of those people receiving training as a result of Louisa Dallett at Homes On The Hill, Sarah Paschal at ECDI, and Caitlin Bond at Rural Action.
Thank you to all of our VISTAs and all the work they have done this year!

To find out more about how your organization could benefit from VISTA service, contact Alana Perez at aperez@ohiocdc.org.
Heritage Ohio Revitalization Workshop
Join Heritage Ohio in Delaware, Ohio on June 6th for the third Revitalization Series workshop of 2018. Register here.
Enterprise Community Partners Ohio 30th Anniversary
Save the date for Enterprise Community Partners Ohio's 30th anniversary at the LaSalle Theatre in Cleveland on September 6th from 5 - 8 PM.
Funding Opportunities
State Farm Neighborhood Assist® 
State Farm will be awarding $25,000 grants to 40 causes to fund a neighborhood project involved in education, safety or community development. Only the first 2,000 applications will be accepted from June 6-June 15. 
CHOICE Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program
The Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by redeveloping severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted housing and catalyzing critical improvements in the neighborhood, including vacant property, housing, businesses, services and schools. Deadline is June 12.
Communities Thrive Challenge
Every day, local leaders and organizations are working to make this dream possible in their communities. Yet all too often, these community-driven approaches are missed by those who could invest in them and help them reach more people. We're looking to fund, strengthen, and grow local solutions that expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people. Deadline to register for this opportunity is June 12.
Tony Hawk Foundation for Skateparks
The primary mission of the Tony Hawk Foundation is to promote high quality, public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States, and to support International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding. Only organizations seeking to build free, public skateparks in low-income communities in the United States may apply for a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation. International projects are considered on an invitation-only basis. Deadline is June 13.
Federal CED Grants
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award approximately $17.2 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low income. Deadline is June 15.
HHS ACF Street Outreach Program
The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announces the availability of funds under the Street Outreach Program (SOP). SOPs work to increase young people's personal safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools, and other positive social networks. Deadline is June 20.
Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program
The purpose of the Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification (VHRM) pilot program is to explore the potential benefits of awarding grants to nonprofit organizations to rehabilitate and modify the primary residence of veterans who are low-income and living with disabilities. The funds made available under this program will be awarded competitively. Deadline is June 25.
USDA Rural Community Development Initiative Grant
Qualified private, nonprofit and public including tribal intermediary organizations proposing to carry out financial and technical assistance programs will be eligible to receive the funding.  The Intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the RCDI grant. The Intermediary must provide a program of financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community. Deadline is June 25.
Bank of America Economic Mobility & Social Progress
We're committed to supporting equitable solutions that will help vulnerable communities grow and prosper. The vibrancy and health of each community has a direct impact on the long-term success of its residents. That's why we are addressing critical issues to ensure communities are resilient and poised for growth. This includes support for affordable housing, sustainable development, strong business corridors, the arts and environmental investments. Deadline is June 29.
Wells Fargo Homeownership Counseling Grant Program
Our Homeownership Counseling Grant Program (HCGP) provides financial resources to local nonprofit housing organizations to create affordable and sustainable homeownership opportunities for low-to-moderate income (LMI) people. The grant program focuses exclusively on homebuyer counseling, homebuyer education, and foreclosure prevention activities. All grants are reviewed by a local Wells Fargo Housing Foundation charitable giving manager and committee for final funding decision. Deadline is June 30.
Employment Opportunities
City of Shaker Heights is hiring an Economic Development Director.

Price Hill Will , Cincinnati, 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
Payday Lending Reform Legislation and Ballot Issue Update
As the Ohio House of Representatives comes closer to selecting a Speaker for the remainder of the year, prospects remain for meaningful payday lending reform. On April 19th in the wake of Ex-Speaker Rosenberger's resignation amid an FBI investigation involving payday lender lobbyists, House Bill (HB) 123 passed out of the Government Accountability and Oversight (GAO) committee 9 to 1. Since that time support for a floor vote has built but is being delayed until a Speaker is elected potentially next week. It's hopeful that HB 123 will come to a vote shortly after House leadership is resolved. 

The primary champion, Representative Kyle Koehler (R - Springfield) is to be commended for his steadfast determination to pass substantial reform. Senate President Obhof has also expressed a desire to pass reform

Concurrently the coalition is advancing a 2019 ballot issue while legislative action is pending. On May 21st, Attorney General Mike DeWine's office certified the ballot language and approved the signatures . On May 29th the Ballot Board voted 5-0 to keep the proposed constitutional amendment intact and not to divide it into separate proposals. A campaign committee is being formed to drive the initiative. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know.

Payday lending reform has garnered much media attention such as in the Akron Beacon-Journal , Columbus Dispatch , Dayton Daily News , and The Plain Dealer with many calling strongly in  favor of real reform

OCDCA would like to thank the many members who have contacted their legislators urging passage of HB 123 and those that have helped to gather signatures for the ballot issue. Calls are still needed to your representatives that you will find here  . Your voice does matter! 

Thank you for your advocacy. If you have any questions please contact Nate Coffman at ncoffman@ohiocdc.org or 614-461-6392 x 207.
2019 QAP First Draft Released
OHFA posted the first draft of the Technical Amendments to the 2018-2019 Qualified Allocation Plan. Both a "clean" and "redlined" version are posted on OHFA's website. One of OHFA's primary objectives in this amendment was to promote consistency and predictability for the partners who rely on these critical resources. Please plan to join them for a Public Forum on July 10, 2018, at 10:00 am in Columbus; you may register online through this link . Comments regarding this draft should be directed to QAP@ohiohome.org .
Federal News
House Appropriations Committee Approves THUD Spending Bill
Last week the House Appropriations Committee voted 34-17 to approve the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill. It will now move to the floor for consideration by the full House. The bill provides $43.6 billion in net discretionary funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which represents a $941 million increase above FY 2018 enacted levels, including:
  • Level-funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program at $3.365 billion.
  • Decreased funding for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program to $1.2 billion. The FY 2018 omnibus spending package funded the HOME Program at $1.362 billion, taking a step towards restoring funding for the flexible housing grant program to its highest level, $1.8 billion. The last decade of funding has ranged between $900 million to $1 billion.
For more information on the House THUD Appropriations bill, see Enterprise's blog post and updated appropriations chart.
Opportunity Zones
A recent article in Shelterforce outlines the possibilities and challenges for Opportunity Zones. The U.S. Treasury Department and IRS have announced Opportunity Zone designations in 20 states including Ohio. Enterprise's webinar Analyzing Opportunity Zone Nominations and What States Should Do Next is an excellent resource. Here is a link to Ohio's Opportunity Zones census tracts and map.
New Series of Reports Looks at Fostering Inclusion in Gentrifying Neighborhoods
The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) has released four working papers focusing on promising approaches to fostering inclusion in gentrifying neighborhoods. Originally presented at JCHS' symposium on A Shared Future: Fostering Communities of Inclusion in an Era of Inequality , the papers explore a range of topics related to responding to gentrification, including strategies for creating inclusive neighborhoods, responding to and incorporating the voices of existing residents, inclusion through affordable homeownership, and preventing and mitigating displacement. The approaches highlight the importance of developing policies that give existing residents long-term access to affordable housing, and the need to carry out research that helps policymakers design and implement better policies for addressing key issues.
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