Public Policy and Advocacy
The Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) advocates on behalf of CDCs and their communities to create public policy and a regulatory environment that will assist CDCs to be successful in their mission of revitalizing and strengthening communities. OCDCA focuses in particular on housing, community economic development, neighborhood redevelopment, asset development, and microenterprise.
Ohio Housing Trust Fund Expansion - Home Matters to Ohio
The Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF) is the state’s primary and most significant resource for Ohioans when home is out of reach. Organizations across Ohio are coming together in a broad-based effort to expand the OHTF by at least $15 million each year of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019 Biennial Budget. Home Matters to Ohio!
OHTF Background – Click here for more information on history and programs served by the OHTF.
Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF)
During the summer of 2015 the proven Ohio Housing Trust Fund was nearly dismantled but was saved in the final days of the state’s budget process. For 25 years the Ohio Housing Trust Fund has provided the critical resources necessary to help meet Ohio's affordable housing needs. It remains important for elected officials to continually understand the functions and outcomes of this highly successful funding source.
- Economic Impact of the OHTF - 2016
- OHTF Forms the Foundation
- OHTF Economic Impact Study
- Understanding Cost Concerns with State Financed Affordable Housing
- Ohio Housing Trust Fund - Ending Homelessness and Building Housing Opportunities
Neighborhood Infrastructure Assistance Program Legislation Introduced
OCDCA in partnership with the Greater Ohio Policy Center, Heritage Ohio, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing and Habitat for Humanity Ohio - recently saw the introduction of an innovative tax credit program to assist communities with physical and economic revitalization.
Sponsored by Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) and Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood), the companion bills of SB 149 and HB 219 would create a program that will provide tax credits to for-profit corporations that invest in place-based catalytic community projects.
The Neighborhood Infrastructure Assistance Program (NIAP) is intended to help leverage private dollars for community projects critical for the attractiveness and economic competitiveness of the state.
If passed, the NIAP tax credits could be used for corporate and business donations to projects such as:
- Renovating an historic theater
- Redeveloping a central business district
- Developing affordable housing
- Building a community center
- Microenterprise business development
For more information about this program please contact Nate Coffman at ncoffman AT ohiocdc.org or (614) 461-6392 x 207. If you support the creation of this program, you can add your name to the growing list of private, public and nonprofit supporters. We'll keep you posted as the legislation moves through the General Assembly.
- NIAP Summary
- Impact of New Jersey program
- LISC comparison of other states
- Proponent Testimony from Stephanie Cipriani for the Senate Ways and Means Committee, November 12, 2013
- Joint Proponent Testimony from Alison Goebel and Nate Coffman for the Senate Ways and Means Committee, November 12, 2013
- Proponent Testimony from Paul McEvily for the Senate Ways and Means Committee, November 12, 2013
- Proponent Testimony from Tim Bete for the Senate Ways and Means Committee, November 15, 2013
- Joint Proponent Testimony from Alison Goebel, GOPC and Nate Coffman, OCDCA for the House Ways and Means Committee, November 20, 2013
- Proponent Testimony from Tim Bete, St. Mary Development Corporation for the House Ways and Means Committee, December 4, 2013
- Proponent Testimony from Taris Vrcek, McKees Rocks CDC for the House Ways and Means Committee, December 4, 2013
- Proponent Testimony from Mike Gonsiorowski, PNC Bank for the House Ways and Means Committee, December 4, 2013
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- CHDO Program OCDCA appreciates the reinstatement of the CHDO operating grant program by the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) and OHFA.
- Impact of the CHDO Operating Grant Program
CDBG and HOME Advocacy Resources
Congress Passes Continuing Resolution, Advocacy Needed to Raise Spending Caps and Save HOME
Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) on September 30 to keep the government open through December 11, avoiding a government shutdown. The bill passed in the House 277 to 151 and was approved by the Senate 78 to 20. Now, the stage is set for Congress’ next challenge: raising the low spending caps required by the Budget Control Act.
Now that some in Congress have turned their attention to a possible long-term budget deal, the HOME Coalition has relaunched its national sign-on letter to #SaveHOME and will release a report analyzing the program’s economic impact on jobs and incomes.
Caps Hurt Communities is a Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) initiative. CHCDF is a working group of more than 70 national housing and community development organizations. Read more about the Caps Hurt Communities campaign by visiting and joining at www.capshurtcommunities.org.
- Study Documents Residential Rehabilitation Reducing Neighborhood Foreclosures - July 2016
- Community Organizations Commend Huntington's Community Development Plan – May 20, 2016
- Huntington Community Development Plan – May 2016
- Food for Every Child - The Need for Healthy Food Financing in Ohio (June 2014)
- The Role of Investors in the One-To-Three Family REO Market: The Case of Cleveland – December 2013
- FY 2014 HUD and USDA Federal Budget
- America in 2013: A ULI Survey of Views on Housing, Transportation and Community
- State of Poverty in Ohio 2012: Dispelling Myths and Preconceived Notions
- 2013 Ohio Assets and Opportunity Scorecard - Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED)
- U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2007-2011
- National Mortgage Settlement - States Fall Short on Help for Housing - Enterprise
- Detroit Unveils Innovative Revitalization Plan
- Philadelphia CDCs Create $3.3 billion Impact
- One in Two Renters Faces Housing Cost Burden - National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)
- Residential Segregation by Income on the Rise - Pew Research Center
- Guidance on political and lobbying activities of 501C3 organizations
- HOME Program Economic Impact in All 50 States
- HOME's Impact in Ohio
- OHFA Hardest Hit Fund Application - March 2016
- Key Bank Community Benefits Agreement - March 2016