Volume 9, Issue 6 / July 3, 2018
Quick List: Ways to Use Your Membership
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.
Southwest Ohio Member Meeting at Community Matters
2110 Saint Michael Street,  Cincinnati, OH, 45204
July 26, 2018  /  10 AM - 12 PM
Central Ohio Member Meeting at Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
111 Liberty Street, Suite 100,  Columbus, OH, 43215
August 2, 2018  /  10 AM - 12 PM
Southeast Ohio Member Meeting at 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:
Nominate Someone for an OCDCA Member Award
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 34th Annual Conference at the Member Awards Breakfast on Friday, October 5th in Columbus. Nominations are accepted until August 3rd.
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.

Registration will be opening later this month. Keep an eye out!

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference, please contact Lisa Much .
Member News
Welcome New Members!
Bond Hill Roselawn Collaborative in Cincinnati and Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope in Cleveland join OCDCA as our newest 2018 members. Welcome!
Affordable Homes Coming to One of Cincinnati's Hottest Neighborhoods
Four vacant lots in Madisonville, a neighborhood that has become one of the hottest in Greater Cincinnati, will soon become construction sites for single-family houses being developed by Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation
US Conference of Mayors, Wells Fargo Announces 2018 CommunityWINS Grants
Of the three top honors in this national competition, two of them went to Ohio, each related to the work of OCDCA members! The city of Dayton and the city of Youngstown each received this prestigious award. Congrats! 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
Out of Reach 2018: The High Cost of Housing
NLIHC released Out of Reach 2018: The High Cost of Housing. The report shows that on average a full-time worker in the U.S. must earn $22.10 per hour to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment at the fair market rent and $17.90 for a modest one-bedroom apartment. The report illustrates that rental housing is out of reach for millions of low-wage workers, seniors and people with disabilities living on fixed incomes, and other low income households.
AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight
This VISTA year saw a lot of good work done, and our VISTAs are moving forward in many different ways. For some, including Make'da Na'eem of Increase CDC and Christina Erlich of SELF, a single year of service wasn't enough, and so they've enrolled for a second year. Others like Joseph Linsky at Slavic Village Development, Kristian Hunter at Collinwood and Nottingham Villages Development, and Alex Selengut at ECDI Columbus have taken their year of service and transitioned to full-time employment at their sites. A few (Julia Honchel at Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, Sarah Paschal at ECDI, and Katie Conlon at Community Food Initiatives) are starting graduate education, using their Education Awards to help pay for school. Still others are boldly moving into completely new industries and positions, totally different from their service or any other past experience.

To all of our 2017 VISTAs, OCDCA expresses its deepest thanks. Your tireless service to your communities has had real, measurable impact, evidenced not only in the numbers you report but also in the glowing terms your coworkers and supervisors use to describe you and your work. We visited most every site this year, and it was a joy to see the ways in which your organizations and communities benefited from your presence and perseverance. We look forward to seeing how you use the skills you developed this year to further your careers and improve the lives of your neighbors.

(The AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight has been written by OCDCA AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, Paul Rich for this past year. This is his final spotlight as his last day is Monday, July 9. Thank you Paul for your service!)
Reduce Your Board's Anxiety About Fundraising
During this webinar, OANO will discuss how to create a shared understanding of board's role in fundraising and how to change your board culture into one where board members are actively engaged and excited about fundraising. Executive Directors, Development Directors, Fundraising Staff and Board Members are encouraged to attend. Join OANO July 24.   
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.
Ohio Rural Housing Conference
Join CRHDO in September for their annual housing conference in Columbus. Learn more.
Funding Opportunities
Google.org Impact Challenge - Cleveland
The Google.org Impact Challenge Cleveland rallies the community around bold ideas to make Cleveland's neighborhoods even better. Local nonprofits submit innovative proposals to create economic opportunity in the Cleveland area and four winners will receive $50,000 grants and training from Google to jumpstart their ideas. The public will then have a chance to vote for their favorite idea from the four winners. The winner with the most public votes will receive an additional $50,000. Deadline to apply is June 11.
Home Depot Foundation Veteran Housing Grants
The Home Depot Foundation's (THDF) Veteran Housing Grants Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations for the new construction or rehabilitation of permanent supportive housing and transitional facilities for veterans. Awards typically range from $100,000 to $500,000. Deadline is July 13.
Thomas C. and Sandra S. Sullivan Foundation - Cleveland
The Thomas C. and Sandra S. Sullivan 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.
PeopleForBikes Community Grants
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 23.
USDA RD Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant
The primary objective of the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant program is to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Deadline is July 24.
D'Addario Foundation for Music Education
Music education builds self-confidence, creativity, discipline and the ability to reconcile conflicting ideas. LOI is due July 31.
Funder's Network for Smart Growth
A successful matching grant program, Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Deadline is July 31.
Employment Opportunities
Bridges Community Action Partnership, Bellefontaine, is hiring an  EPP Auditor/Manager

Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus and Franklin County is seeking an  Operations Coordinator.

Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Greater Springfield is hiring a Project 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 Reformers Fighting Back Against Industry Proposal
On June 7th the Ohio House passed House Bill (HB) 123, meaningful payday lending reform that would save Ohioans $75 million a year, by a substantial 71 - 17 margin. The bill was then referred to the Ohio Senate under the direction of Senator Matt Huffman (R - Lima) who has a history of being anti-reform.

Over the last two weeks the bill received five hearings including a pro-industry reform package from Senator Huffman that would cap rates at 360%. That's not a typo, 360%! Ohioans for Payday Loan Reform and OCDCA continue to fight for real reform and against the counter proposal that is straight out of the payday lender playbook and would essentially codify Ohio's current abusive system. There's evidence that Texas payday lender CEO Cheney Pruitt helped craft the counter proposal prior to advocates even being aware of such an effort to gut the bill. The differences between the Huffman proposal (industry protections) and HB 123 (consumer protections) are stark as explained by HB 123's intrepid champion Representative Kyle Koehler (R - Springfield) in this short video.

The Senate is now on recess but has as needed session days scheduled in July and August but revisiting the legislation could be put on hold till September or later. In the interim the coalition will begin to collect signatures for a 2019 ballot initiative as the ballot language has been approved by the Attorney General's office.

Editorial boards continue to strongly support passage of HB 123 from most recently the Akron Beacon-Journal, Columbus Dispatch, and Toledo Blade.

Thank you to all of the members that have contacted your Senators and that testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee on short notice. Your voice matters and needs to be heard in support of real reform and HB 123 by contacting your Senator here.

Thank you for your advocacy. If you have any questions please contact Nate Coffman at ncoffman@ohiocdc.org or 614-461-6392 x 207.
QAP Calendar, Public Comment Deadline
OHFA will consider public comments regarding the 2019 Technical Amendments to the Qualified Allocation Plan through August 2, 2018. A second draft will be released in mid-July and may be presented to the OHFA Board for final approval in August.  Feedback should be sent to QAP@ohiohome.org. Interested parties should also plan to attend the July 10th Public Forum in Columbus, Ohio, or set up a time to discuss detailed suggestions with Carlie J. Boos.
Federal News
Senate Votes Down Recession Package that Would Have Cut Critical Housing Funds
Senate voted 50-48 to reject a $15 billion rescission package, the "Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act," that would have recaptured $15 billion from dozens of federal community development and affordable housing programs. The House had narrowly passed the rescission package earlier in June. At a time when many communities are struggling and housing affordability is a growing challenge across Ohio, Congress should be increasing investments in these programs - not clawing them back. While rescission didn't pass this time, some lawmakers and the Administration are considering larger rescissions in the future. 
Senate Appropriators Provide Modest Community Development Increases
Recently the U.S. Senate advanced its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) spending bill, which would provide $44.5 billion in net discretionary funding for HUD, an increase of $1.8 billion above FY 2018 levels and $900 million above the House FY 2019 THUD bill. The Senate bill would:
  • Level fund the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program at $3.3 billion, same as the House bill.
  • Level fund the HOME Investment Partnerships Program at $1.362 billion, which is $162 million above the House bill.
Congress has until the end of the fiscal year in September to either pass its spending bills or a Continuing Resolution to fund the government on a short-term basis.
For more information on the Senate bill and FY 2019 appropriations see Enterprise's blog post and budget chart.
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