Volume 8, Issue 7 / July 31, 2017
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 33rd Annual Conference at the Member Awards Breakfast on Friday, October 6th in Toledo. Nominations are accepted until August 4th.
OCDCA 2017 Annual Conference Registration is Now Open!
Ohio CDC Association's 33rd Annual Conference in Toledo
Glass Half Full: Resilience in the Face of Adversity

October 5-6, 2017
Recently renovated Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Agenda, tour, workshop details, and registration info available here.
Follow the excitement on Twitter with #cdcOhio17.

2017 Ohio CDC Association Annual Conference Made Possible By:
Rural Development AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunity
OCDCA welcomes current, good standing rural members to apply for an AmeriCorps VISTA to begin in November 2017. Funding for the OCDCA VISTA Project is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Rural Community Development Improvement (RCDI) grant funds.

Limited slots are available; therefore, this is a competitive process and this RFP is for organizations listed on the 2016 OCDCA RCDI grant. Apply by Monday, August 14th at 5 PM. For questions or technical assistance, please contact Melissa Miller at (614) 461-6392 ext. 209.
Contracting Housing Rehabilitation in Rural Areas of Ohio
Many rural areas are not adequately served by local contractors. Gaps in capacity, trade expertise, and quality performance often exist. Such gaps necessitate bringing in outside contractors. To fill the gaps and get jobs done affordably it may be necessary for the local program to act as general contractor.

This webinar will go over how to navigate finding, evaluating, and retaining the best contractor for your organization's development projects.

Event and Date Location Registration
Contracting Housing Rehabilitation in Rural Areas of Ohio
August 15, 2017
10 AM - 12 PM

This webinar is made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI). 
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
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:

Students & Young Professionals - Apply for an OCDCA Conference Scholarship
If you are a young professional or student who needs financial assistance to attend the conference, please fill out the online application by August 25th to apply for a registration scholarship. Registration scholarships only cover the cost of registration. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Much at (614) 461-6392, ext. 211. This opportunity is sponsored by Chase Bank.
Advanced Real Estate Development
Advanced Real Estate Development will provide an intensive look at how developers, investors and lenders look at real estate investment including development of the financial performance, calculating the debt capacity for a project, and overall financial feasibility.

Lunch will be provided. Cost is $15 for OCDCA members and $30 for non-members. 

Event and Date Location Registration
Advanced Real Estate Development
September 13, 2017
9 AM - 4 PM
The Dealership
3558 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Support for this training is proudly provided by: 

Member News
Welcome New Member!
MORTAR in Cincinnati joins  OCDCA as our newest 2017 member. Welcome!
How a Risk-Averse Hospital & a Risk-Taking CDC Built a Functional Partnership
The partnership between Community Development for all People and Nationwide Children's Hospital was recently highlighted in Shelterforce with interviews of Angela Mingo and Rev. John Edgar. 
Development Fund of the Western Reserve Capitalizing New Community Revitalization Fund
The Akron Community Revitalization Loan Fund will help enable business development projects in distressed census tracts and urban areas within the City of Akron. The Development Fund of the Western Reserve (DFWR), which is affiliated with the Development Finance Authority of Summit County ("DFA"), has contracted with Cleveland-based Village Capital Corporation to take advantage of its development finance expertise to assist with underwriting promising urban revitalization projects. An advisory committee, comprised of Akron-area funders, will authorize projects for funding. 

DFWR has dedicated $6.75 million in Federal New Markets Tax Credit allocation to capitalize the Fund. After the tax credits are purchased by an investor, $2.25 million in new cash equity will be available in the Fund. To leverage that equity, DFWR must raise a total of $4.5 million from the community. DFWR has now raised $3.59 million. DFWR expects to close financing of the Fund and be in position to begin funding projects in the very near future.
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
2017 Prosperity Now Scorecard
It's finally here! The 2017 Prosperity Now Scorecard (formerly the CFED Assets & Opportunities Scorecard) has been released. See the findings here.
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
On July 10th, OCDCA was proud to welcome Paul Rich, our new AmeriCorps VISTA Leader. Paul just finished his service year as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Franklinton Gardens in Columbus. He will serve as VISTA Leader until next summer, working to bolster the capacity of the 30+ OCDCA AmeriCorps VISTAs serving across the state.  He hopes to take the experiences of this year and turn them into a career of mentoring and support.

Paul received his Bachelor's from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is interested in education and policy. Paul grew up in Madagascar, but is a Chicago native. He roots for the Blackhawks and also the Cubs when they're good. He also has the best socks. Welcome Paul!
Registration Open for Ohio Land Bank Conference
Join land bank board members and staff, county and municipal officials, community and economic development officers, community development corporations and all those interested in re-purposing vacant and abandoned properties and revitalizing our neighborhoods at the 7th Annual Ohio Land Bank Conference.  The conference will be held September 11 through 13 at the Wyndham Playhouse Square in Cleveland. More details and registration available here.
Regional Regulatory Roundtables - Advocacy Opportunity
On August 1 and 3, the Office of Advocacy within the Small Business Administration is holding Regional Regulatory Roundtables to hear first-hand from business owners about what federal regulations most concern and/or impact them. The August 1 roundtable will be held in Cincinnati, and the August 3 will be held in Cleveland. The registration link for the August 1 event in Cincinnati can be found here. The registration link for the August 3 event in Cleveland can be found here.
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. 
Enterprise Federal Policy Briefing
Learn how federal appropriations, tax reform, and more will impact housing and community development and what your organization can do. This event is August 10th from 8:30 - 10:30 am. RSVP here.
Legislative Advocacy 101: How to Make Government Work with You
Advocacy 101 will teach you how to contact and interact with your state representatives on behalf of your nonprofit organization. Join us as we cover all areas of public advocacy: fundamentals, best practices, logistics, ethics guidelines and future forecasting. Join OANO on August 15th for this webinar.
FDIC Money Smart for Small Business
The FDIC Community Affairs team is hosting the Money Smart for Small Business Town Hall-Q3, 2017 on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2 PM ET. 
Funding Opportunities
Finance Fund Grants
Their grants are designed to create a better quality of life for people living in economically distressed urban and rural communities. Download their Quick Reference Guide: Core Programs.

Predevelopment Grant: Funding up to $30,000 is available for eligible activities that include feasibility studies, environmental review, legal research, engineering and architectural drawings and site plans, business plans, market studies, zoning and permit fees. More information here.

Economic Development Grant: These grants provide funding for projects that create long-term private sector jobs to strengthen an area's economic base. Grants up to $100,000 are made primarily for fixed assets such as real estate, machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures, etc. A portion of the funding may be used for administration. More information here.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge - for Cities
U.S. mayors face bigger challenges than ever before. Innovation is no longer optional; it's necessary so cities can continue to deliver results and improve life for residents. The 2017 Mayors Challenge, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is designed with this urgency in mind. It's an initiative to help city leaders think big, be bold, and uncover inventive - and, ultimately, shareable - ideas that tackle today's toughest problems. Apply by August 18.
Lowe's Community Partners Grants
Lowe's Community Partners grant program helps build better communities by providing monetary assistance up to $100,000 to nonprofit organizations and municipalities looking for support of high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements. Deadline is August 25.
Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant
HUD is making available up to $5,000,000 for Planning Grants, including Planning and Action Grants.Planning Grants are two-year grants that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented. Planning and Action Grants are three and a half year planning grants that pair planning with action.
Deadline is August 28.
Nationwide Children's Championship
The Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship is one of four finals events on the Web.com Tour, "The Path to the PGA TOUR." They are proud to invite your non-profit organization to participate in the Charity Ticket Program, a fundraising opportunity that provides non-profit organizations the ability to earn money by distributing complementary tickets to this Web.com Finals event. Every complementary ticket turned in at a Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship entry gate (one per person per day) will earn $10 for the charity listed. The Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship will be played August 28 - September 3, 2017 at The Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course. More information here.
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
Village Capital Corporation, Cleveland,  is seeking a  Senior Loan Officer.  

East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation  is seeking a   Chief Executive Officer.

  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
2017 Housing Tax Credit Awards Announced
The OHFA Board recently announced recipients of the 2017 Housing Tax Credit program awards, used to fund the construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of affordable housing communities throughout Ohio. Nearly $26 million in federal housing tax credits was awarded to 33 developments to create 1,698 housing units serving families, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Congratulations to the many members that received awards this year! 
QAP18 Draft 
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. To submit written comments or schedule a one-on-one meeting with their policy staff, please contact them at QAP@ohiohome.org.
Federal News
Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies Report Shows Lack of Affordable Rental Housing
Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies released its annual State of the Nation's Housing. The report shows that 37% of American households - more than 43 million households - now rent, marking a 50-year high. The supply of rental housing has not kept pace with demand. As a result, the rental market has a vacancy rate of 6.9%, a 30-year low, and 11 million renters spend more than half of their incomes on housing. Most new rental development is at the luxury, high-end of the housing market; the typical asking rent for a new apartment climbed by 5.6% in 2016. Even if federal funding for affordable housing programs remains constant, rising housing costs mean that fewer low income households would be assisted in the future. Housing unaffordability and lack of supply remain central issues for America's housing policy.
Attorney General Bans Settlement Payouts to Community Organizations
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has prohibited the Department of Justice (DOJ) from reaching settlements that require payouts to "third-party organizations" that were "neither victims nor parties" to the lawsuits. After the foreclosure crisis, DOJ allowed settlement dollars to go to approved community and legal groups to address the damage to communities. Now, settlement money not paid to parties directly involved in the lawsuit will go to the U.S. Treasury. View the Sessions memo and article in The Huffington Post.
AFI Advocacy - Members of Congress Need to Hear from You
Prosperity Now is working hard to restore the federal funding for Assets for Independence. Members of Congress on the Appropriation Committees still need to hear from constituents. Ohio Congresspeople on this committee are Rep. Joyce, Kaptur, and Ryan. If you live in their district please:
1. Please call your MOC on these Committees and ask them to support $18.95 million in AFI funding for FY18.
2. Then, ask your MOC to let Rep. Tom Cole (House Chair of the Labor-H Committee) and Senator Roy Blunt (Senate Chair of the Labor-H Committee) how critical AFI is in your community.
3. Finally, please share this email with your coalition members, partners, and AFI grantees in your state, encouraging them to do the same.

Click here to find your Representative's contact info. Once you have called, please fill out this feedback form to let them know how your communication went. 
Thank you for your advocacy!
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