Federal Housing Policy – Let Your Voice Be Heard

Copy of The State of Federal Housing Policy for South Florida Community Development Partners

After the President’s proposed budget was released, several people asked – How can I get involved and what can I do to support affordable housing and community development?

Affordable housing and community development needs your support and voice, now more than ever. Critical federal resources may be significantly reduced or completely eliminated under the current proposal. The $6.2 billion (13.2% reduction) proposed cut to HUD in FY 2018 would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Section 4 Capacity Building for Affordable Housing and Community Development and the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program. Also proposed for elimination is the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund as well as agencies such as NeighborWorks America, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

In Miami-Dade, these cuts would further reduce the ability to develop or preserve affordable housing, assist small businesses and microenterprises, serve children and the elderly on fixed incomes, make infrastructure improvements and more. There are 7 entitlement jurisdictions that receive a direct allocation of CDBG funds from the federal government, (Miami-Dade County, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, North Miami, Hialeah, Homestead). In the 2016 program year, their combined CDBG allocation of funding totaled over $21 million – an amount that already isn’t enough.

Behind these numbers are actual stories of people and communities being helped. These stories must be shared.

Member organization, Enterprise Community Partners, has provided suggestions and guidance on how to stay informed and take action on federal housing policy.

  1. Call, write or (meet) with your Members of Congress. See Enterprise’s blog for contact information. You can contact your federal Senators and Representatives via their contact pages as well. Not sure who your Rep is? Find your Representative here.
  2. Write a letter to your local paper or use social media to advocate for federal investments in housing and community development. Find sample articles and tweets from CHCDF.
  3. Get involved with the #CDFIsInvest Campaign. See Enterprise’s blog for more details.
  4. Join the ACTION Campaign, a coalition of over 2,000 national, state, and local organizations and businesses working to address the nation’s severe shortage of affordable rental housing by protecting, expanding and strengthening the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.

We will keep updating this blog with more information. Please continue to voice your support for investing in affordable housing and community development.

We encourage you to join or renew your membership in SFCDC, stay connected, and meet organizations and people in other sectors that are also working to improve the quality of life for the residents of Miami-Dade. Let’s work together to save these programs and increase funding.

Report: Foundation Support to CED Activity

Local community and economic development (CED) depends on a combination of public and private funding. In recent years, foundation grants have become an important source of funding for initiatives to develop the local economy through the pursuit of better-paying jobs, infrastructure to support revitalization, affordable housing, or improved systems for education or health care. .

The Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia and Atlanta recently investigated the way in which foundation grants to support CED activities were distributed across 366 metropolitan areas in the United States. The research relied on data provided by the Foundation Center that captured grants of at least $10,000 made by the 1,000 largest foundations between 2008 and 2013.

There are an estimated 1,714 total nonprofits focused on community and economic development in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area.

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To view the interactive report and see how the Miami metro compares to other metros, visit: Here

2016 In Review

South Florida Community Development Coalition would like to thank our members and supporters in 2016 to advance opportunities to create affordable housing and economic opportunity in Miami-Dade County: We look forward to building on our 2016 activity to achieve great outcomes in 2017.

Capacity Building & Convening

Training

  • January 9, 2016: Tools You Can Use: Florida Affordable Housing Finance Programs Overview (Held in partnership with Florida Housing Coalition and Federal Home Loan Bank)
  • January 19, 2016: Develop Over Lunch – Building Nonprofit Capacity (Held in partnership with Legal Services of Greater Miami)
  • March 28, 2016: Public Health and Community Development Convening (Held in partnership with the Health Foundation of South Florida)
  • April 18, 2016: Developing a High Performing Board
  • May 3, 2016: Positioning Your Brand for Success: Doing More with Your Nonprofit Marketing Resources (Held in partnership with Florida Community Loan Fund)
  • May 24 2016: Brownfields: Making a Difference in Your Communities (Held in partnership with the Florida Brownfields Association)
  • June 29 2016: Rapid Rehousing (Held in partnership with Florida Housing Coalition)
  • July 20 2016: Homeownership Roundtable
  • October 3, 2016: Team Miami  Convening Regarding Lessons Learned from Detroit (Held in Conjunction with Catalyst Miami and Team Miami)
  • October 17, 2016: Effectively Planning for Affordable Housing & Develop Over Lunch Session (Held in Conjunction with American Planning Association – Gold Coast Chapter)

Policy

SFCDC received an appointed seat to the Miami-Dade Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board of Trustees in 2016 to represent Miami-Dade’s community development sector.

Working alongside People Acting for Community (Miami-PACT) and Miami Homes for All and many other organizations and members of the community, SFCDC advocated for the creation of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Revolving Loan Fund.

To learn more about SFCDC’s work, please check out the Presentation from our December 7, 2016 Annual Meeting.

 

SFCDC Receives Capacity Building Grant

November 14, 2016 –  South Florida Community Development Coalition (SFCDC) receives capacity building grant from the Aspen Institute and JPMorgan Chase. Organizations selected work to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofits in their community.  Catalyst Miami, a member and partner of SFCDC, was also named as a grant recipient. A total of 10 awards, from across the country were made.

Press Release from Aspen Institute.

Photo: 2017 Grant Recipientsaspenjpmc

Enterprise Community Partners Section 4 Grant Opportunity

Enterprise Community Partners has announced the 2016 Request for Letters of Interest (RLOI) for pass-through grant funding.

Funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Section 4 grant program. The purpose of the program is to support and improve the capacity and production of community housing development organizations (CHDOs) and community development corporations (CDCs).

The two-step application process includes the Letters of Interest (LOI) and Full Application phases. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application for grant funding.

Before submitting the LOI, carefully review the program areas and specifications, organizational eligibility criteria, geographic priorities and all other requirements.

Download the 2016 Request for Letters of Interest. To receive amendments to the RLOI and other updates to this funding opportunity, sign up here.

Application Deadline

Applicants must complete and submit the following by August 12, 2016, 7:00 p.m. EST. Any LOIs received after the deadline will not be accepted.

2016 Request for Letters of Interest webinar
August 1, 2016 | 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Register for the webinar

Resources for Potential Applicants

The following resources are available for interested Section 4 applicants:

Questions about the RLOI process? Send them to rfp@enterprisecommunity.org