Ohio Community Development News - March 2013

 Brought to you by the Ohio CDC Association Volume 4 - Issue 1

Ohio CDC News

OCDCA's New Website and Logo
OCDCA Is pleased to announce the launch of our new website and logo! Some of you may have already noticed our new logo. We wanted our new logo to better represent both people-based and place-based activities that encompass today's community development environment. Our website features a cleaner, more modern design that is more user-friendly. Check them out!

April 3, 2013
Northeast Ohio Membership Meeting
with ODSA and Finance Fund
10:30AM - 12:30PM
Akron Urban League - President's Hall
440 Vernon Odom Road
Akron, OH 44307
Click here to register!

April 23, 2013
Advanced Community Economic Development Workshop
with Mark Barbash and Brian Higgins
9:30AM - 4:00PM
Gateway Film Center
1550 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
Click here to register!

May 8, 2013
Greening Your Community Workshop
with Meera Parthasarathy
9:30AM - 4:00PM
Community Properties of Ohio Training Facility
910 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205
Click here to register!

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

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Partner News

Assets Ohio AFI IDA RFP
OCDCA’s Assets Ohio is now accepting applications for the AFI IDA program. Individual development accounts (IDA) are matched (from 2:1 to 8:1) bank accounts for LMI individuals to save for either a first-time home purchase, micro-business venture, or post-secondary education. IDA sites provide case management, financial education, and asset specific training to participants, as well as the match money. 50% of the match comes from the federal government through Health and Human Services, and the other 50% comes from a non-federal source. As an IDA sub-grantee through the Ohio CDC Association, you receive federal funding to operate the IDA program, as well as technical support, training, and some administrative funds.

If your organization is interested in becoming a AFI IDA site please click here to view the RFP.

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.

More details about times and exact locations are coming.

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

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.

National “Home Matters” Movement Launch
Recently Ohio NeighborWorks affiliates helped launch a new national movement called Home Matters™, which aims to build public support for the essential role that Home plays as the bedrock for thriving lives, families, and a stronger nation. Home Matters is spearheaded by National NeighborWorks® Association along with a coast-to-coast coalition of housing and community development organizations, other nonprofits, companies, and the public at large.

As it expands, Home Matters will go beyond housing and illuminate the connections between stable housing and other important facets of American life such as:

  • Individual Success: Home recharges adults and children alike for the day ahead.
  • Education: Children in stable homes learn and achieve more in school.
  • Health: Healthy habits take root more easily in stable, affordable homes.
  • Public Safety: Stable homes make communities safer.
  • A Strong Economy: Homes that are affordable are crucial to a vibrant, job-generating economy.

Please visit the Home Matters website for more information and to join this initiative.

Heritage Ohio Annual Conference
The Ohio's Annual Revitalization and Preservation Conference is scheduled for May 21-23, 2013 in Columbus featuring Donovan Rypkema, international expert in the economics of preservation. Early registration closes March 31. Click here to register.

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.

Pittsburgh Community Development Summit
Now in its third year, PCRG's Community Development Summit attracts more than 400 community and economic development professionals from across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, New York, and beyond. On May 21st and 22nd, the summit will be held at the historic Omni William Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh for two days of networking, education, and sharing emerging trends and best practices. Online registration is now open and if you register by April 19th, you receive a $50 discount. To view registration rates and policies, click here to visit the Summit website.

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.

Best Local Land Use Practices Information Sessions
The Best Local Land Use Practices Program has collected a host of new resources for local and regional governments, including a guidance summary, example regulations, and research related to the economic benefit of many recommended land use practices. A checklist for code review, case studies, a video for elected officials and business interests, and lessons learned in technical assistance are also available.

In this two-hour meeting, learn about cost-effective tools you can use to meet regulatory requirements and work for a more prosperous future for your community. Network with colleagues and offer input that will help shape the future of the Best Local Land Use Practices program. For more information, visit the Balanced Growth website.

April 3, 2013 -Central Ohio – Fawcett Center
April 4, 2013 - Dayton – Sinclair Community College
April 8, 2013 - Northeast Ohio – Cuyahoga County Library
April 9, 2013 - Youngstown – Kent State, Trumbull Campus
April 11, 2013 - Toledo – French Quarter Holiday Inn
April 17, 2013 - Southeast Ohio – Fairfield Ag Center
April 22, 2013 - North Central – BGSU Firelands College
April 24, 2013 - Southwest Ohio – Anderson Center

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Member News

HUD, Cuyahoga Land Bank Reach New Agreement
The Cuyahoga Land Bank was successful in reinstating an agreement with HUD that properties appraised below $20,000 in Cuyahoga County would be deeded to the land bank for $100.00. The agreement originally was crafted in 2010 and provided the means for keeping off the market those properties which needed to be demolished and were feeding grounds for unscrupulous speculators. Click here for more information.
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Funding Opportunities

CED and Healthy Food Grants
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Community Services is offering Track 1: 2013 Interested Applicants of the 2013 CED Spring Webinar Series! This track will provide Community Development Corporations (CDCs) interested in applying for OCS’ Community Economic Development (CED) and Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) grants with information to support their business development, low-income job creation, and healthy food projects. Presentations will include insights and lessons learned from experienced grantees about implementing their programs and managing their grants. Prospective grantees, as well as current grantees who are engaging in new projects are encouraged to register for this track. Click here for more information about registration.

Self-Help Home Ownership Opportunity Program
HUD funding for a national and regional non-profit organizations and consortia to facilitate innovative homeownership opportunities on a national, geographically diverse basis through the provision of self-help homeownership housing programs. SHOP Grantees must use a significant amount of SHOP Grant funds in at least two states. Closing date: April 24, 2013.Click here for more information.

Discounted Rate on GrantStation
OCDCA worked with NACEDA, our national partner organization, to offer a free webinar on how to use GrantStation to find community development grants. GrantStation is a web-based set of resources that helps you identify promising grant makers and funding opportunities for your organization. Through NACEDA, our members are able to get GrantStation membership for $75 a year. GrantStation membership usually costs $699 a year. To register for GrantStation at the $75 rate, click here. NACEDA will be hosting free quarterly webinars with examples based around community development grant opportunities and individual questions. We'll keep you posted on upcoming webinars. To view the February 27 webinar, 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
It is anticipated that the House of Representatives version of the FY 14 – 15 budget will maintain the Ohio Housing Trust Fund when it is sent over to the Senate in the coming days.House Republicans plan to keep the governor's proposed income tax cut in their version of the FY14-15 budget, but they don't know how to pay for it, having rejected the sales tax expansion and the severance tax increase. Policy Matters Ohio has proposed an Ohio Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to be part of any sales and income tax changes to help working families keep more of what they earn. A refundable state EITC would help 822,000 families across Ohio, according to the report. Twenty-four other states and the District of Columbia already have state EITCs.

Governor makes leadership change at ODSA>
The governor recently announced that David Goodman, current director of the Department of Commerce, will replace Christiane Schmenk as head of the Development Services Agency (DSA). According to the governor’s press release, Schmenk is leaving to pursue a position outside the agency.

Goodman was appointed by Governor Kasich to lead the Department of Commerce in January 2011. He previously served as a state senator and representative from Franklin County and is currently the board chair of OHFA.

Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Certification
CHDO Certification Guidelines are available for public comment through April 5, 2013. Please send these to Debbie Leasure at dleasure@ohiohome.org. Guidelines will be submitted to the full board in April.

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 at abailey@ohiohome.org.
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National News

Government Shut Down Averted
A government shutdown was averted last week after both chambers passed temporary funding measures. At one point, observers believed that Tea Party conservatives would force a fight over the issue. Instead of a nasty partisan fight, however, a bipartisan agreement was reached. The Senate approved a short-term measure to fund the government after March 27 on a 73-26 vote, and the House followed, passing the measure with a 318-109 vote Thursday. To blunt the impact of the sequester, the House introduced new priorities for military spending in its bill. The Senate measure added several other areas, including agriculture, commerce, science, justice, and homeland security. Click here for more information.

Sequester Impact
The White House is looking for stories of individuals and families affected by the sequester. If you have any stories and information on the impact of sequestration in your community please forward to Suzanne Gunther at sgunther@naceda.org. She’ll share them with the White House and HUD to track on-the-ground impacts of cuts. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has estimated sequester impacts to community development.

Microenterprise Study
FIELD has just released a new report, Microenterprise Development as Job Creation, authored as part of the "Big Ideas for Jobs" project funded by the Annie E. Casey and W.K. Kellogg Foundations. The report draws on surveys conducted with nearly 2000 entrepreneurs who received assistance from 23 microenterprise organizations in 2009. The report also identifies affordable strategies that state and local governments can implement to support job creation through microbusiness development.

Out of Reach 2013
A minimum wage worker in Ohio must work 70 hours per week to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment. The study, released jointly by the Washington-based National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, said Ohio tenants need to earn $13.79 per hour working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year in order to afford a safe and modest home in the private housing market. An estimated 54% of renters in Ohio do not earn enough to afford a two-bedroom unit at the fair market rent, the report said. Ohio was the 39th most expensive state in the nation for renters.

Bill to Fund NHTF Introduced
Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced H.R. 1213, the Common Sense Housing Investment Act of 2013, on March 15. The legislation would modify the mortgage interest deduction to fund the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), as well as other programs aimed at expanding the supply of housing affordable to extremely low income (ELI) and very low income (VLI) households. The measure would lower the cap on mortgage interest for which a household can get a tax break from $1 million plus $100,000 in home equity loans to $500,000, and would convert the deduction to a 15% non-refundable credit. These two changes to the mortgage interest deduction would result in approximately $197 billion in savings over ten years. The measure would expand the benefits of the mortgage interest tax break to an additional 16 million Americans, 99% of whom have incomes under $100,000. H.R. 1213 would apply the majority of these savings, estimated by Mr. Ellison’s office to be approximately $109 billion over 10 years, to the National Housing Trust Fund. The measure would also apply a portion of the savings to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, the Section 8 tenant-based and project-based rental assistance programs, and the Public Housing Capital Fund. OCDCA has signed on in support of this legislation that is witnessing broad-based support among the affordable housing movement.
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