Ohio Community Development News - May 2013

Volume 4, Issue 4 | May 6, 2013


Appalachian Housing Initiative Final Report
Ohio's Appalachian region comprises over a third of the state's counties and is home to almost 20 percent of the state's population. This region is marked by persistent poverty, high unemployment and an aging, often substandard housing stock. There is a need for quality affordable housing, but those involved with affordable housing development have long reported that it is difficult to produce and maintain a sufficient supply of quality affordable housing in the region. The goals of the Appalachian Housing Initiative (AHI) were to uncover the reasons for the lack of quality affordable housing in the region and to generate grounded strategies for overcoming the identified barriers. Through a multi-pronged research effort involving OCDCA, Vogt Santer Insights (VSI), Bob Snow & Associates, Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and the input of non-profit developers, for-profit developers, housing intermediaries and funders, the AHI has produced a list of recommendations for increasing the availability of quality affordable housing in Appalachian Ohio. Funding was provided by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA). OCDCA will be working with stakeholders to determine the route to implement recommendations.

  • To read the executive summary click here.
  • To read the full report click here.
  • To view the affordable housing market study click here.
  • To view the mulit-family interactive database by county and project click here.
    May 8, 2013
    Greening Your Community Workshop
    with Meera Parthasarathy
    9:30AM - 4:00 PM
    Community Properties of Ohio Training Facility
    910 East Broad Street
    Columbus, OH 43205
    Click here to register!

    Best Practices for Vacant Land Re-Use
    June 3, 2013
    9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Community Properties of Ohio Training Facility
    910 E. Broad Street
    Columbus, Ohio 43205
    Click here to register!

    Basics of Affordable Housing
    Part 1: June 13-14, 2013
    Part 2: July 18-19, 2013
    Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus
    1125 College Ave.
    Columbus, Ohio 43209
    Click here to register!

    Rehab Lab: Advancing Healthy Housing
    August 14-15, 2013
    9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Community Properties of Ohio Training Facility
    910 E. Broad Street
    Columbus, Ohio 43205
    Click here to register!

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

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    Partner News

    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.

    Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund Study
    Greater Ohio Policy Center released a report, “Investing in Brownfields: The Economic Benefits of the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund,” finding that public investments in brownfield sites through the state Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF) generate substantial economic benefits for Ohio’s taxpayers and communities. GOPC expects the report’s analysis to inform public dialogue about the program’s future and to provide a springboard for the program to continue fulfilling its mission of incentivizing brownfield redevelopment, reducing blight, maximizing sites’ marketability, protecting health and the environment, and significantly benefitting Ohio’s economy and communities.

    State EITC
    Policy Matters Ohio has released an interactive map that illustrates the positive impact of the federal and proposed state Earned Income Tax Credit in Ohio. The map provides a county-by-county comparison of EITC claims, percentage of EITC claims, paid preparation information, and refund dollars. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released an updated study of how the federal EITC and Child Tax Credit prevent families from falling below the poverty level.

    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. Click here to register.

    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. To view registration rates and policies, click here to visit the Summit website.
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    Member News

    Economic and Community Development Institute
    Columbus-based ECDI and their client appeared on ABC Nightline featuring their new food truck business
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    Funding Oppo

    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 last webinar, click here.

    HUD Offers Funds For Choice Neighborhoods
    Local governments, nonprofits, and for-profits applying with a public entity are eligible to apply for Choice Neighborhoods Planning grants by May 28. For more information contact HUD staff at choiceneighborhoods@hud.gov

    Bank of America
    Community Development grants focusing on preserving neighborhoods and revitalizing communities through the Bank of America Foundation are due on May 10. For more 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

    2013-2014 CHDO Certification Application Available
    All organizations, whether currently a State Certified CHDO or intending to be a State Certified CHDO, will need to apply for that status for 2013-2014. The applications must be postmarked by Friday, May 24. If you have any questions with the application forms, please email Debbie Leasure at dleasure@ohiohome.org with the Ohio Housing Finance Agency with a detailed description of the question (subject line should read CHDO Application). It is anticipated that the 2013-2014 CHDO operating and consolidation grant applications will come out in September.

    Ohio Housing Trust Fund
    We all have a vested interest in the outcome of the biennium budget bill, the legislative document that includes the annual appropriation for the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. This flexible funding source provides more than $100 million every two years for critical housing resources across the state. There’s a great opportunity to solidify support for the Ohio Housing Trust Fund in the state budgeting process, and we’re asking for your help. The Trust Fund was recommended for full funding in the Governor’s budget and in the House of Representatives. Now the budget bill has moved to the Senate and we are asking you to reach out to your State Senator within the next week and voice your support for fully funding the Ohio Housing Trust Fund.

    Ohio Senate contact information can be found here.

    For information on the Ohio Housing Trust Fund click here.

    State Budget
    In the latest edition of State Budgeting Matters, “The House Sets a New Course for H.B. 59,” authors Jon Honeck, Terry Thomas, and Tara Dolansky of the Center for Community Solutions analyze the changes in the House passed version of the proposed state budget. Read the full report here.
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    National News and Resources

    Cincinnati and Columbus HUD Offices of Multifamily Housing Will Close
    On April 24, HUD announced that the reorganization of the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs field staff currently at 80 offices. The 17 Multifamily Housing hubs will be consolidated into five regions, each with one hub office and one satellite office. Multifamily Housing will continue to have at least one office in each state. The Cincinnati and Columbus HUD Offices of Multifamily Housing are anticipated to be closed by 2014.

    HUD Announces Sequestration Furlough Days
    HUD will close all offices for seven days to meet $66.6 million in sequestration cuts to salaries and expenses in FY13. HUD’s headquarters and local field offices will be closed on May 10, May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22, August 16 and August 30 this year, all Fridays. HUD staff will not be paid for these days.

    Calls to HUD will be met with voicemails, and emails will receive automatic replies indicating that HUD is closed. Any visits, meetings or appearances with HUD staff will be cancelled for these seven days.

    Ohio Rural Development Progress Report
    The Ohio office of USDA Rural Development has released the Ohio Rural Development Progress Report for 2012. The report summarizes the many areas within small-town Ohio where USDA has made an impact during 2012 in housing, energy, community facilities, water & waste and small businesses development. All told, more than $600 million was invested in Ohio in 2012 in the form of loans, loan guarantees, grants and technical assistance.

    Code enforcement and CDCs
    In a recent article, community development scholar Allan Mallach discusses the differing means to address code enforcement.

    New Provisions for 501(c)(3) Hospitals in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will bring new provisions to qualify as a 501(c)(3) hospital. According to section 9007, each hospital must conduct a community health needs assessment every three years and adopt an implementation strategy to meet the community health needs identified through the assessment. The assessment must take into account input from persons who represent the broad interests of the community served by the hospital. Also, each hospital must produce a written financial policy, which specifies eligibility requirements for financial assistance; methods for providing financial assistance; basis for calculating amounts to charge patients; and measures to widely publicize their policy within the community. Since many hospitals tend to exist in or around poorer neighborhoods, this provision mandates proactive community building by emphasizing the link between poor health and poverty. See the Baltimore Sun article by clicking here.
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