Ohio Community Development News - November 2013

Volume 4, Issue 8 | November 20, 2013


NIAP Program

Progress continues on advancing proposed Neighborhood Infrastructure Assistance Program
OCDCA offered proponent testimony to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on November 12th for the Neighborhood Infrastructure Assistance Program (NIAP). Senate Bill 149 proposes to create a program that would offer a tax credit to businesses that make monetary donations to catalytic community development projects. Providing testimony in partnership with coalition member Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC), OCDCA and GOPC explained the design specifics of the program and discussed successes other states have experienced with similar programs.

After OCDCA and GOPC testified, a representative from PNC Bank offered proponent testimony in support of the bill. PNC has been a leading voice for the creation of this program in Ohio and has many years of experience participating in similar tax credit programs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Providing the private sector-investor-perspective, Stephanie Cipriani, Senior Vice President of Community Development Banking, described a range of projects PNC has invested in.

A nonprofit leader from Asbury Park, New Jersey described the transformation of a neighborhood which was decimated by riots in the 1970s. With the help of New Jersey's Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program, Paul McEvily and Interfaith Neighbors, Inc. have led the revitalization of one of New Jersey's more disinvested neighborhoods. McEvily's testimony included a series of pictures of this neighborhood transformation and the impact of the private-public partnership created through New Jersey's program.

On November 19th, Tim Bete, President of St. Mary Development Corporation in Dayton, offered proponent testimony at the third hearing of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. He described the complexity of development financing, the resource contraction facing the industry, and the catalytic impacts of community economic development projects.

OCDCA and GOPC will offer proponent testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee later today for H.B. 219, the companion legislation in the House. The third House hearing is anticipated in early December. The proponent testimonies significantly contributed to the momentum and energy around this proposed program. The coalition greatly appreciates the commitment and travels of the testimony team!

For background information and written testimony on the Neighborhood Infrastructure Assistance Program, please click here.
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Ohio CDC News

Upcoming Events

Event and Date



Community Development:

The Art of the Deal

November 21, 2013

CPO Training Facility

933 E. Gay St.

Columbus, OH 43205

Click here to register!

CFPB Financial

Empowerment Toolkit

December 4, 2013


The Greek Orthodox Church

555 N. High St.

Columbus, OH 43215

Click here to register!

Federal Community

Development Funding:

Prospects for 2014

And Beyond

December 5, 2013

10:00 am - 11:30 am


Click here to register!

Is the AmeriCorps*VISTA

Program Right for Your


December 10, 2013

10:00am - 11:30am


Click here to register!

Rehab Lab: Advancing Healthy


December 10-11, 2013

CPO Training Facility

933 E. Gay St.,

Columbus, OH 43205

Click here to register!

Tactical Technology Planning

December 12, 2013

10:00am - 11:30am


Click here to register!

Ohio Microenterprise

Working Group

December 13, 2013

10:00am - 4:00pm

CPO Training Facility

933 E. Gay St.,

Columbus, OH 43205

Click here to register!

Officers and Board Members Elected
At the Annual Business Meeting, the voting membership elected the following officers and board members.

For Officers: (one year term)

President, Steve Torsell, Homes on the Hill CDC
Vice President, Don Corley, WSOS Community Action
Secretary, Maryellen Cameron, ICAN Inc.
Treasurer, Terry Glazer, United North Corporation

For the Board of Trustees: (two year term)

Terry Glazer, United North Corporation
Jim Sweeney, Franklinton Development Association
Sabrina Waytes, Western Reserve Community Development Corporation

To view a complete board list click here. OCDCA appreciates the dedication and service of the officers and board members. Congratulations on your election!

Association Strategic Plan Adopted
Also at the Annual Business Meeting, the OCDCA's strategic plan to guide the organization from 2014 - 2016 was adopted. To view an executive summary please click here. The plan covers many important facets and focuses on branding and creating a unified voice for the CDC industry, building industry capacity, and strengthening collaboration. The plan is the collaborative effort of OCDCA's board of trustees and staff assisted by Chris Kloth of ChangeWorks of the Heartland. A special acknowledgement goes to the Personnel, Leadership and Organization Development (PLOD) committee.

Conference Recap
The annual conference in Cincinnati was both exciting and inspiring. 265 community development professionals from around the state convened for sessions with topics including healthy food systems, comprehensive community development, local design, form-based code, green neighborhoods, wealth building, finance tools, and resource sharing. There were neighborhood tours which showcased housing diversity, Cincinnati's form-based code, the balance of neighborhood and institutional interest, and there was also a Segway tour of some of Cincinnati's great civic venues. Christopher Leinberger delivered an excellent keynote presentation at the opening luncheon. For a photo gallery, press releases, and the conference program, click here to visit out 2013 conference page.

Another highlight of the conference were the 2013 member awards. Click here to read the full press release. Please congratulate all of our award winners!

CDC of the Year

Ohio City Inc. and United North (tie)

CDC Project of the Year

Intergenerational Housing
Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp.

CDC Partner of the Year

Huntington Bancshares

CDC Staff Member of the Year

Megan Meister, Detroit Shoreway CDC
Donna Fox-Moore, Lancaster Fairfield CAA (tie)

CDC Community Leader of the Year

Jim Piraino and Ron Salatin
Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corp.

Ned D. Neuhausel Award

Sister Rose Wildenhaus and Richard (Dick) McBride
St. Mary Development Corp.

Stephanie J. Bevens Award

Ozie Davis III
Avondale Comprehensive Development Corp.

OCDCA would also like to thank our sponsors, without whom, the conference would not be possible:

PNC Bank


Fifth Third Bank


Ohio Savings Bank

Finance Fund



US Bank

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

National Equity Fund

LISC Toldeo

LISC Greater Cincinnati

Key Bank


Model Group

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Partner News

Ohio NeighborWorks Affiliates Contribute $1.4 B to Economy
A recent study analyzing a five-year period documents the immense impact of the nine NeighborWorks housing groups in Ohio. Click here for the study, and click here for an article about the study.
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Member News

Cincinnati CDCs Featured in Positive Light in Cincinnati Enquirer Article
A recent article in the Cincinnati Enquirer highlighted some of the positive effects that Cincinnati's CDCs are having in their communities. The article outlines some of the successful projects and strategies that are the result of the hard work done by some of our members in Cincinnati.

Neighborhood Progress Inc., Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition, and LiveCLEVELAND Merge to form Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Three organizations that have played a pivotal role in revitalizing Cleveland neighborhoods are joining forces to save money, provide more efficient service and accelerate growth. Recently, the boards of Neighborhood Progress Inc., the Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition and LiveCLEVELAND voted to merge. The new organization, which will have a new name and visual brand by September, will play a leading intermediary role between major foundations and neighborhood-level community development corporations that seek philanthropy. Click here for a video about the merger, and click here to read an article about the merge.
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Funding Opportunities

USEPA Cleanup Grants
Did you know that as a community development corporation, you can qualify for Brownfield grant funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)? The US EPA's Brownfields Program has a rich history rooted in environmental justice and is committed to helping communities revitalize brownfield properties, mitigate potential health risks, and restore economic vitality. Part of this program is the Cleanup grant, which provides funding for a grant recipient to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. Your organization can apply for up to $200,000 per site. Due to budget limitations, no entity can apply for funding cleanup activities at more than three (3) sites. These funds may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Cleanup grants require a 20 percent cost share, which may be in the form of a contribution of money, labor, material, or services, and must be for eligible and allowable costs (the match must equal 20 percent of the amount of funding provided by EPA and cannot include administrative costs). A cleanup grant applicant may request a waiver of the 20 percent cost share requirement based on hardship. An applicant must own the site for which it is requesting funding at time of application. The performance period for these grants is three (3) years. If you would like to learn more, would like assistance in vetting a potential grant project or help in preparing an application, please contact member Dan B. Brown, President of Partners Environmental Consulting, Inc. at (440) 248-6005 or dbrown@partnersenv.com.

National Endowment for the Arts Releases Funding Guidelines for Our Town
Now available on the NEA website are guidelines and application materials for Our Town, the agency's primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000. Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with arts and/or design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, encourage greater creative activity, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development. The application deadline is January 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET. For program inquiries, please email OT@arts.gov with specific questions and a design specialist will respond.

Now in its fourth year, Our Town has provided $16 million to support 190 projects in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These projects are diverse in geographic distribution, number and types of partnerships, artistic discipline, and type of project. In FY 2013 alone, 35 of the 59 grants supported projects in communities with populations under 100,000.

Wells Fargo Home Ownership Grants
Wells Fargo has a home ownership grant program with rolling deadlines. 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 David Foust, at dfoust@ohiocdc.org
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State News

CHDO Operating Grant
Today, the Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) operating grant guidelines and application were approved at the OHFA board meeting. The application will be posted on the OHFA website in the near term. To view a list of state certified CHDOs click here.
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Federal News and Resources

Budget Conference Continues Meetings on FY14 Funding
The bipartisan Committee on the Budget Conference continued work toward its goal of completing an FY14 funding agreement by December 13. The continuing resolution (CR) that is currently funding the government at FY13 levels expires on January 15. Appropriators would have from December 13 to January 15 to work out subcommittee allocations, including one for the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations subcommittee and enact FY14 appropriation levels, based on the FY14 agreement. In the event that an agreement is not reached, the government would shut down again.

Negative Impacts of Austerity
Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer and Less Secure, NDD United, Nov 2013. Provides comprehensive snapshots of the impacts of sequestration across non-defense sectors, featuring more than 40 stories in 22 states.

Positive Impacts of Placemaking
MIT Study: Benefits of Placemaking Go Deeper Than Better Places, DC Streets, Nov 1, 2013. The process of placemaking can be even more important than the physical outcome according to the MIT study, Places In The Making: How Placemaking Builds Places and Community.

HUD and DOT Launch Site on Housing and Transportation Costs
The Location Affordability Portal is intended to provide consumers, researchers, and policymakers with data and resources on combined housing and transportation costs for all parts of the U.S. including remote rural areas.

Mel Watt's Nomination Blocked by Procedural Vote in Senate
On October 31, the Senate voted on whether to end debate on the confirmation of Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) to replace acting Director Ed DeMarco as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The motion was blocked by a vote of 56-42, four votes short of the 60 needed to pass. Senators Portman (R-OH) and Burr (R-NC) were the only Republican senators to vote outside of party lines. The nomination has been held up since July 18, when the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs affirmed the nomination. No Senate action on Mel Watt's nomination is expected before the end of the year.

Housing Counseling Search
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has developed a search tool for finding a housing counselor. Enter your zipcode and quickly get a list of agencies and a map with their locations.

HUD Launches Series of HOME Program Webcasts
Webcasts designed to promote understanding of the HOME Program requirements are posted on the OneCPD website. The first four webcasts, along with PDF transcriptions, focus on changes contained in the 2013 final HOME rule. They include: an overview of the final HOME rule, Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) roles, timeliness, and project deadlines. To view a summary of the key features of the final HOME rule click here.

Redefining Rust Belt
The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond released a publication titled Redefining "Rust Belt": An Exchange of Strategies by the Cities of Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia. Leaders from these cities were engaged in a discussion of challenges and strategies in city revitalization efforts.

Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool
U.S. EPA Region 5 is releasing a residential demolition bid specification toolkit for entities engaged in residential demolition operations. The bid specification development tool highlights environmental issues and concerns that may arise in connection with a demolition project, particularly those concerns that can be factored into the demolition contracting process. The use of environmentally beneficial demolition practices can result in long- and short-term environmental benefits and set the stage for vacant lot revitalization.

This report identifies the environmentally-sensitive activities associated with demolishing residences, from pre-planning to demolition to site rehabilitation (e.g. hazardous materials abatement, fill material selection and placement, material recycling or deconstruction). For each of the activities, the report provides decision-making information and bid specification language suggestions to assist local government officials in updating their bid specification documents.
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