Volume 9, Issue 10 / October 31, 2018
CDC Says: Erroneous Media Reports About Chickens and Halloween Costumes

OCDCA staff periodically receive calls or social media inquiries regarding information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which apparently is also called the CDC. 

There has been some hubbub in recent weeks that this CDC was warning people not to dress their pet chickens up for Halloween, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recently indicated that in fact, those reports were not true. This was a staff favorite story. We hope you enjoy this chicken in a hat.  Trick or treat and Happy Halloween! 
OCDCA 34th Annual Conference Follow Up and Award Winners
Another conference has come and gone. This year's conference was one of the largest as we welcomed 294 people to Columbus. Thanks to everyone that came out to Columbus and a huge thanks to our wonderful host committee and sponsors without whom there would be no conference at all. We are thrilled to state that 87% of the people who responded to our conference evaluation indicated that they learned about a program they plan to explore for implementation in their community. That's the type of stuff we love to hear!

We were also pleased to present our annual member awards on Friday, October 5:
  • Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, CDC of the Year
  • Colleen Gilson, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, CDC Staff Member of the Year
  • ACEnet's Reentry Microenterprise Program, CDC Project of the Year
  • Sally Martin, One South Euclid, CDC Community Leader of the Year
  • Trumbull County Land Reutilization Corporation, CDC Partner of the Year
  • Geneva Kay Smith, North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Stephanie J. Bevens Award Winner
  • Mikenna McClurg & Korey Gall, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, Ned D. Neuhausel Award
  • Miles Johnson, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, CDC Rising Star
The award winners were selected by an independent volunteer committee. Congrats to all the winners!

And on Thursday, October 4 at the annual business meeting, the membership voted for the following individuals to join the board of trustees and to become officers.

Thank you for your service to the association!

Stay tuned fro information about the 2019 conference!

2018 Ohio CDC Association Annual Conference Made Possible By:
OCDCA Receives Gift from Bank of America for Social Enterprise
Ohio CDC Association is delighted to announce a significant gift from the Bank of America Foundation for the new Social Enterprise Incubation Program
The Social Enterprise Incubation Program (SEIP) provides training and development for community development corporations (CDCs) interested in expanding into social enterprise activities. Social enterprises are entrepreneurial activities that provide social good while generating a profit. The SEIP is a four phase academy where CDCs complete rigorous social enterprise training and receive technical assistance from OCDCA. It culminates in a pitch competition where CDCs may receive investment funds.
Thank you, Bank of America for your ongoing support! We could not do this work without your support!
US Bank Foundation Supports Microbusiness Recoverable Grant Fund
Ohio CDC Association is happy to announce a gift from the US Bank Foundation for supporting the Ohio Microbusiness Development Program's Recoverable Grant Fund.

The lending portion of the Ohio Microbusiness Development Program is now operated as a centralized recoverable grant fund program. The recoverable grant funds are available on a firstcome, first-served basis to qualified Ohio Microbusiness Development Program grantees for use in funding microloans to qualified microbusiness clients. The grant funds are recoverable because, as the Client repays its micro-loan to the Grantee, Grantee uses the principal portion of those payments to repay the recoverable grant to Ohio CDC Association. The Grantee keeps the interest portion of the loan payments, together with any loan fees it charges its Clients.
Thank you, US Bank! We could not do this work without your support!
In late September, Ohio Lawyers Give Back - Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA surprised Ohio CDC Association with a significant cy pres award. We are genuinely delighted to be surprised and recognized, and are grateful for Ohio Lawyers Gift Back - Dworken & Bernstein for thinking of us.
Southeast Ohio Member Meeting
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.
Southeast Ohio Member Meeting
COAD, 1 Pinchot Lane, Athens, OH 45701
November 28, 2018  /  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Support provided by Fifth Third Bank.
Member News
Welcome New Members!
Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio in Cincinnati, City of Kettering, Greater Dayton Union Cooperative, and Project REBUILD in Canton join OCDCA as our newest 2018 members. Welcome!
Community Development for All People Makes National News
US News and World Report recently featured Community Development for All People and their work to transform the South Side of Columbus.
Old Brooklyn CDC Featured in CityLab
CityLab recently featured Old Brooklyn CDC in Cleveland in an article titled When Neighborhood Diversity Meets White Anxiety.
Affordable Housing Development to Accentuate Neighborhood's Diversity
Cleveland's Clark-Fulton neighborhood on the near west side is one of the most ethnically-diverse but economically-distressed neighborhoods in Cleveland. A new housing development by CHN Housing Partners and Metro West Community Development Organization will welcome refugee families into the neighborhood.
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
OHFA QAP Training & Brainstorming Session
This is an unique opportunity to strengthen relationships with your peers, hear insider's tips and tricks for applying to OHFA, and share your policy suggestions in focus groups that will officially kick off the 2020 development process. At this event, housing developers and supporters are invited to discover the latest revisions to the Qualified Allocation Plan, learn the nuts and bolts of accessibility compliance from design experts, see how a major property management company is building a positive relationship with legal aid, and hear how some of Ohio's most successful developers effectively navigate NIMBY concerns.  
AmeriCorps VISTA Spotlight
Brian Cristi, a VISTA in Athens, decided to become an Americorps VISTA in order to help the region he calls home. He was sworn in as a Farm-to-School VISTA for Rural Action at the end of June. 

As a Farm to School VISTA, he has been given the task of being the bridge between farmers who sell at the Chesterhill Produce Auction and school cafeteria directors that wish to provide fresh local food for their students. This task includes helping process local produce for storage during the summer to be delivered to public school cafeterias at a later date. He also helps facilitate the purchasing and transporting of fresh local produce to the schools when classes are in session. When he is not working as an Americorps VISTA, he is an independent filmmaker. He made a video of his time as a VISTA so far.
Last Day to Register for 2018 Ohio Conference on Service & Volunteerism
Today is the last day to register for this statewide event, which will be near Columbus on November 14.
Online Seminar: Housing as Intervention
Join Next City for their new online seminar series with guest Karen Kubey, an urbanist, architectural educator and editor of "Housing as Intervention" on November 1 at 1 pm.
50 Things You Can (Still) Do to Boost Your Year-End Fundraising
Get your pen and paper ready for a fast and lively rundown of 50 tried and true year-end strategies your development department might employ before December 31, 2018.  Forty percent of all charitable gifts are contributed between October and December of each year, and this webinar will provide some creative, low-tech, high-touch ideas that focus on donor stewardship. Join OANO on November 14.
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.  
Save the Date: PCRG 2019 Summit
Join Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group on May 8-9, 2019 in Pittsburgh.
Funding Opportunities
YSA MLK Day of Service Grants
YSA is now accepting applications for the 2019 MLK Day of Service Grants to activate youth volunteers on MLK Day of Service weekend. Funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, these grants offer youth development organizations, community-based organizations, and schools/school districts grant funding and capacity-building training to effectively recruit and engage young people in meaningful service activities. Deadline is November 4.
A Build it with KaBOOM! grant provides the facilitation and support of an experienced Project Manager as community members embark on a 5-12 week planning process. After selection, all partners will join together for a community Design Day, inviting play experts (the kids, of course) to design their dream playspace. Your hard work and required weekly planning will result in a six-hour community-build day, where you'll transform your community space to include a permanent play structure and site enhancements that will make your space 100% unique to your community. Deadline is November 9.
FY 2018 Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program
The Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) awards grant funds to eligible national and regional non-profit organizations and consortia to purchase home sites and develop or improve the infrastructure needed to set the stage for sweat equity and volunteer-based homeownership programs for low-income persons and families. SHOP funds must be used for eligible expenses to develop decent, safe and sanitary non-luxury housing for low-income persons and families who otherwise would not be able to afford to become homeowners. Deadline is November 12.
Federal Transit Administration - Access & Mobility Partnership Grants
Research activities awarded under this competitive program will support the implementation of innovative strategies in the coordination of human services transportation to provide more effective and efficient public transportation services to seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low-income individuals. Proposed research projects should address gaps identified in the locally developed Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan. The HSCR funds will finance operating and capital project expenditures to develop and deploy projects that improve transportation services for targeted populations as noted above through methods that effectively and efficiently coordinate human services transportation. Deadline is November 13.
EPA Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) has received funding for the second year of a three-year grant award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the result of a highly competitive open grant competition focused on reducing public exposure to indoor pollutants. Deadline is November 19.
JPMorgan Chase & Co Advancing Cities Challenge
TheAdvancingCities Challenge will make investments of up to $3 million in cities to support creative, collaborative and sustainable solutions that address cross-cutting challenges to help more people benefit from a growing economy. Deadline is November 30.
The Atlantic Renewal Awards
The Atlantic and Allstate are issuing a call for nominations for the 2019 Renewal Awards. Now in its fourth year, this nationwide competition was created to celebrate the social innovation demonstrated by thousands of nonprofits that are finding creative solutions to America's most pressing problems. The Renewal Awards recognizes these organizations and individuals as they drive positive change in their communities-and helps them make an even bigger impact. Deadline is November 30.
Employment Opportunities
Enterprise Community Partners, Cleveland, is hiring a Program Officer

Homes on the Hills CDC, Columbus, is seeking an Assistant Director - Development.

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
Early in-person voting is available now and the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before election day on Tuesday, November 6th. Ohio Votes has more information, including resources to help facilitate rides to the polls.
Community College Touts Ohio Housing Trust Fund
Stable housing is foundational to health, child welfare and also education as explained by Columbus State Community College President David Harrison in this Columbus Dispatch opinion article. He goes on to call for the expansion of the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. In 2017, a coalition of affordable housing advocates called Home Matters to Ohio came very close to expansion through the state's budget. The coalition will be continuing this effort in the 2019 state budget and will be in touch as new leadership is elected and the process unfolds. 
Ohio's Payday Lending Law Could be a National Model
The Ohio Department of Commerce is working on the implementation of payday lending reform passed through House Bill 123. Nick Bourke of the Pew Charitable Trusts writes in the Columbus Dispatch that Ohio's Fairness in Lending Act "achieves three fundamental goals: affordable payments, lower prices and reasonable time to repay. When loans issued under previous law become illegal in April, it will enable credit to flow while transforming Ohio's small loans into some of the safest and lowest-cost products available anywhere in the country." 
Federal News
Take Action to Defend the Community Reinvestment Act
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was passed by Congress in 1977 as a response to historical redlining and lending discrimination. Since 1996, banks have issued almost $2 trillion in community development loans and investments in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities.

Recently the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released an Advanced Notice of Public Rulemaking (ANPR) to reform the CRA.

Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) and many national advocates are deeply concerned by the notice. The direction is almost exclusively oriented toward making regulatory compliance easier while missing significant opportunities to enhance CRA's impact on serving the needs of LMI communities.

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) has outlined these troubling concerns and in this New York Times Op-Ed by their CEO Jesse Van Tol. There is real fear that the net effect will decrease lending and access to banking in the communities that need it the most.

OCDCA urges every member to submit a public comment to the OCC. NCRC has developed a user friendly toolkit and template to make submitting a comment easy. Please take the time to make your voice heard.

Comments must be submitted by November 19. Tell the OCC that any changes to CRA should strengthen it and live up to the spirit and intent of the act - ensuring that LMI communities and communities of color have equal access to capital and credit.
Legislative Agenda in the Lame Duck Session Remains Unclear
Congress will return to Washington on November 13 following the midterm elections and begin a lame duck session with uncertain prospects for funding affordable housing and community development programs. Currently, HUD and USDA rural housing programs are operating under a continuing resolution (CR) through December 7. It remains to be seen whether Congress will agree on a full-year appropriations package during the lame duck period or choose to pass another CR to extend temporary funding for these agencies until there's a new Congress. 
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