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. To discuss a policy concern, please contact Nate Coffman at or 614-461-6392 x 207.

State Policy

Ohio Payday Lending Reform

In 2018, action was taken to combat the fact that Ohio had the highest payday lending interest rates in the country at nearly 600%. There was a citizen's ballot initiative, but the Ohio Legislature voted to approve HB 123. In July 2018, then Governor Kasich signed the bill making it law. Learn more.

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 annually through the state budget process by restructuring recording fees. Home Matters to Ohio!

Support Form – To lend your organization’s support to the expansion effort, please fill out the support form online. Click here for a PDF copy of the endorsement form.

Supporters - For a list of supporters, click here.

OHTF Background – Click here for more information on history and programs served by the OHTF.

Economic Impact of the OHTF - In early 2017, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) released a study on the economic impact of the OHTF. To read the 2011 economic and job creation study, click here.

Federal Policy

President Trump Proposes Extreme Cuts to Community Development Programs

The Trump Administration released a fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget outline, or “skinny budget,” that proposes draconian extreme cuts to housing and community development programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD), the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) among others.

The budget proposes only $40.7 billion in funding for HUD, 13.2 percent below current levels, and proposes eliminating several critical programs, including Community Development Block Grants, HOME Investment Partnerships, Section 4 Capacity Building, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks) among others. It also calls for the elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Under this proposal in 2018 Ohio would lose $137,466,074 in CDBG and $38,905,750 in HOME funds.

In all 62 programs are proposed for elimination. While the “skinny” budget proposal is only the first step in a lengthy budget and appropriations process, it is a clear signal that housing and community development programs are at risk. It’s important for community development practitioners to make your voices heard.

To help tell the story of CDBG and HOME in Ohio, we've created flyers for each of the programs. View the CDBG flyer and HOME flyer. You can use these flyers when talking about these programs. The flyers are editable PDFs that allow you to enter your organization's contact information on the back.

We realize advocacy is not easy for everyone, but it only takes 30 seconds to make a call! To prove how easy it is, check out this video of Nate calling Senator Portman's office:

Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding

Find sample articles and tweets from CHCDF.

HOME Coalition

Sign the HOME Coalition's letter urging Congress to protect and restore funding for HOME.

Voices for National Service

Join them in asking Congress to protect the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), AmeriCorps, and Senior Corps. Ask your member of Congress to protect national service. It takes only two clicks to send an e-mail to Congress.

Ohio Congressional Profiles – Click here for detailed profiles on each Ohio congressperson

Community Development/Housing Staff – Click here for list of House and Senate staff

Please contact Nate Coffman to discuss any policy concerns:
Phone: 614-461-6392 x 207
Twitter: @NateTCoffman