Ohio Community Development News - February 2013

 Brought to you by the Ohio CDC Association Volume 4 - Issue 2

Ohio CDC News

2013 Americorps*VISTA Summer Associate Sub-Site RFP
Due Friday, March 8, 2013
The Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) welcomes voting-members to submit an application to become a sub-site to the short-term OCDCA VISTA Summer Associate Project, which begins in the summer of 2013. Funding for the OCDCA VISTA Summer Associate Project is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Limited slots are available; therefore this is a competitive process. Please note this will be your only opportunity in 2013 to apply for OCDCA Summer Associate support.

If your organization is interested in being considered as a sub-site for either program, please complete the program’s RFP and return to Melissa Hosom, VISTA Leader, at mhosom@ohiocdc.org or by fax at 614-461-1011. If sending via email you will receive an email confirmation of receipt.

For questions or technical assistance, please contact Elvira Terán, VISTA Program Manager at eteran@ohiocdc.org or by phone at 614-461-6392 ext. 209.

For more information on either program and to view the RFPs, visit the OCDCA website by clicking here.

Strategic Plan Membership Survey
This year the Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) will be conducting a strategic planning process for 2014 – 2016 to help guide the fulfillment of our mission and vision. Your input is critical in understanding the needs of the membership and how we may strive to improve and better serve you. Please take the time to complete this electronic survey. Your participation is very important and greatly appreciated. The plan will be presented at the 29th Annual Conference in Cincinnati on October 10th, 2013.

The survey can be completed in less than 10 minutes.
Click here to begin the survey.

Ohio CDC Association Annual Conference
October 10-11
Cincinatti Hilton Netherland Plaza

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Partner News

Building Assets for Fathers and Families
BAFF OHIO, a partnership between Ohio CDC Association and its affiliates, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Child Support Enforcement and the Ohio Fatherhood Commission, will be hosting a series of free regional trainings at various locations around the state in the spring of 2013. The regional trainings are to cross-train child support professionals, Assets for Independence (AFI) professionals or other asset building strategists, and fatherhood practitioners. The regional trainings will provide information about each organization and an understanding of the program and services that are provided.

Click here to register for your regional training!

  • March 26, 2013 - Akron
  • April 9, 2013 - Cincinnati
  • April 11, 2013 - Columbus
  • April 29, 2013 - Athens
  • May 1, 2013 - Cleveland
  • May 6, 2013 - Dayton
  • May 21, 2013 - Toledo/Port Clinton
  • May 30, 2013 - Ashtabula

If your organization is interested in an innovative collaboration with non-traditional partners to expand your reach in providing financial education, asset building tools or some other type of wealthy community strategy, we hope that you will meet with us during one of these sessions. If you have any questions concerning the trainings, please contact Suzanne Parks, sparks@ohiocdc.org or 614-461-6392 EXT 206.

Poverty Report
The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA) released its annual State of Poverty in Ohio report. This year's report documents the affects of poverty in Ohio and dispel commonly held myths and misconceptions.

Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Congratulations to OCCH for raising a record $286M in 2012!

Nearly Half of American Households Lack Savings and Financial Security
The 2013 Assets and Opportunity Scorecard from the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) reveals that 44% of households in the United States are “liquid asset poor.” Liquid asset poor families do not have enough fiscal savings to cover basic expenses for three months of crisis, such as sudden unemployment or a medical emergency. CFED also finds that one in three families do not have a savings account. The authors encourage investment in policies and programs that address financial insecurity through asset building and savings. The scorecard assesses states on the strength of 12 policies aimed at helping families build and protect their assets. To view the Ohio rating click here.

Housing Ohio 2013 Conference
On April 15 and 16, the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio will be hosting the Housing Ohio conference at the Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square. Learn more by visiting the Conference Center on their website.

Hearts of the Neighborhood: "3rd Places" in Our Communities
The latest issue of Shelterforce focuses on what planners call "third places"--those spots that are neither home nor work, where a community gathers. Talking about third places in low-income and disinvested areas raises many questions: How do you balance spontaneity and nurturance? Safety and inclusivity? Creative placemaking that attracts new people with preventing displacement of current neighbors?

Enterprise Green Communities Releases Multifamily Retrofit Toolkit
Enterprise Green Communities released its Multifamily Retrofit Toolkit, which provides a valuable roadmap for affordable housing owners, investors and developers outlining a comprehensive, cost-effective approach to retrofit. The Toolkit distills Enterprise’s experience retrofitting multifamily affordable housing into the critical steps necessary for your project’s success.

To learn more about this new resource, please join Enterprise for a Live Online Event:
Introducing the Enterprise Green Communities Multifamily Retrofit Toolkit
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Click here to register.

Save the Dream Ohio
OHFA has announced changes to the program known as Save the Dream Ohio to help Ohio homeowners avoid foreclosure through expanded eligibility requirements. Changes to the program, known as, include an increase in the maximum benefit amount per household to $35,000 for homeowners using more than one program, as well as an increase in the maximum annual household income to $112,375 for eligible homeowners. OHFA Executive Director Doug Garver said the program has already distributed upwards of $105 million to nearly 9,000 homeowners. Funding for the program comes from $570.4 million allocated by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund, which benefits 18 states.

CFED and NeighborWorks Announce Housing as an Asset Building Platform Webinar
In response to demand for a reprise of the Assets Learning Conference session, Housing as an Asset-Building Platform, this webinar will present innovative strategies to integrate asset building and other financial services into affordable housing programs. As families across the country struggle to become financially secure, housing programs are looking to place-based, asset-building strategies as a way to help build up communities so that people stay and invest in the places where they live. In this session, you will learn how innovative housing authorities, intermediaries and affordable housing developers are helping low-income families build assets through savings opportunities, renter equity and other unique approaches. The workship will take place on Friday, March 1, at 3:00PM.

Presenters include:

Click here to Register!
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Member News

CHN Rescues Housing Programs in Glenville
The Cleveland Housing Network has partnered with Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland, the City of Cleveland, Neighborhood Progress Inc., Enterprise, National Equity Fund and Huntington Bank to save a Lease Purchase project in Cleveland’s Glenville-Forest Hills Neighborhood.

To read the account in the Plain Dealer click here.
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Funding Opportunities

The National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) has partnered with Grant Station to offer an online funding resource with a comprehensive database of grant makers at an affordable rate. As an OCDCA member, your organization is eligible to become a Grant Station member for $75 per year. Grant Station usually costs $699 when purchased individually. For further information click here.
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Job Opportunities

For current postings, click here. Organizations with employment opportunities in the housing and community development field, please send your employment notices to Mark Harris, at mharris@ohiocdc.org.
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State News

State Budget
In early February Governor John Kasich released his second biennium budget including the federally-funded expansion of Medicaid, proposes to cut income taxes for individuals and businesses through an increase in oil and gas severance taxes and an expansion of the sales to currently exempt services, and changes to K-12 education financing. Of note, the Ohio Housing Trust Fund remained intact at a maximum of $53M. But in today’s budgetary climate, no program is considered sacred and the General Assembly will be working on all aspects of the budget over the coming weeks and months. We’ll keep you updated as the budget process moves forward. A recent Policy Matters analysis documents the impacts to local governments. To view the administration’s “Blue Book” budget documents click here.

CHDO Operating Grant Program
In the state FY 2012, OCDCA was able to reinstate funding to the Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) operating grant program. We’re pleased to report that funding appears certain to continue in state FY 2013 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014) as the program is included in the Ohio Consolidated Plan. Grant applications are anticipated to be distributed this spring. OCDCA appreciates the support of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) for their ongoing support.

HDAP-Bond Gap and HDGF Financing Input
OHFA has begun initial planning for the 2013 HDAP-Bond and Housing Development Gap Financing program. Approximately $3M of Ohio Housing Trust Fund will be available to 4% LIHTC projects and $4M HDGF. OHFA is requesting your comments and suggestions based on prior rounds. Please send these to Andrew Bailey.
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National News

Federal Budget and Sequestration
Congress and the nation moved closer to the implementation of sequestration. Sequestration of discretionary funds, an across-the-board cut that would decrease HUD and USDA Rural Development funds by approximately 5.1%, is scheduled to take effect on March 1. While Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike have stated that sequestration is bad policy, it is unlikely that Congress will act to avert these cuts this week. But passing the March 1st deadline does not mean that Congress and the White House cannot come to a deal at a later point in time. The White House and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has estimated the impacts of sequestration on a state-by-state basis.

The sequestration cuts are on top of the disproportionate amount of cuts that have fallen upon federal community development program in the FY 2010 – 2012 budgets. Sequestration is bad for the country and bad for community development.

To contact U.S. Senator Rob Portman click here.

To contact U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown click here.

To contact your Member of the House of Representatives click here.

The continuing resolution (CR) currently providing FY 2013 funding for federal agencies at FY 2012 levels is set to expire on March 27th, 2013. Congress is expected to act before then to avert a shutdown and to provide agencies with final funding levels for the second half of the fiscal year.

Demolition Bonds
On February 20th, U.S. Representatives Fudge, Joyce and Kaptur introduced H.R. 656, the Restore our Neighborhoods Act that would aid states and cities in addressing the need to demolish vacant and abandoned properties. The bill is a successor to H.R. 4210 in the last Congress championed by former U.S. Representative Steve LaTourette.

Mortgage Settlement Watchdog Releases Report
On February 21, the Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight released a report entitled Ongoing Implementation detailing the status of the $25+B mortgage foreclosure settlement with the nation’s five largest banks.

HOME Income Limits
HOME income limits have been published and are effective March 15, 2013.
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