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.

City of Miami Gardens 2017-18 CDBG Pre-Bid Meeting

The City of Miami Gardens has begun accepting proposals for its 2017-2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Service Program on Monday, March 13, 2017. This Request For Proposals (RFP) is a formal solicitation. Non-profit 501(c)3 organizations that provide public services to low-income Miami Gardens residents are eligible to apply under this RFP. The timeline for the proposal process is as follows:

RFP available: Monday, March 13, 2017 
Pre-Bid Meeting: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 11 a.m.
Technical Assistance Workshop: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 10 a.m.
(Mandatory Make-up Session) 
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: Thursday, April 13, 2017 by 5 p.m.

Proposals must be submitted via ZoomGrants by 5:00pm on April 13th. Proposals will only be accepted online via ZoomGrants; proposals submitted by any other method will not be accepted. Instructions on how to apply for funding via ZoomGrants are attached below. Click here : https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2239 to apply via ZoomGrants.

Stopping the Proposed $7 Billion Budget Cut to HUD in its Tracks

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and other leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) invite you to learn more about President Trump’s proposal to severely cut funding for critical HUD resources that help some of the most vulnerable in our communities keep a roof over their heads, including low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, and those who were formerly homeless. Learn more about how you can help fight back against these budget cuts.

City of Miami Public Service/Economic Development/ESG Meeting

The City of Miami’s Department of Community & Economic Development invites all interested public service agencies, AIDS service providers, non-profit agencies and/or for-profit entities, to attend the Pre-Proposal Workshops to be held this February for assistance with the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for those applicants seeking HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and/or Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (43rd Year).

Workshops will be held to address a total of three (3) different RFPs, all being issued on January 20, 2017.
Public Service/Economic Development/ESG and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program RFPs will only be fillable via the web-based ZoomGrants™ application management system with a deadline of February 20, 2017, no later than 3 p.m. We will not accept paper applications for these two RFPs.

Only paper (hard copy) applications will be accepted for the HOME program RFP. The deadline for this application is March 1, 2017, no later than 3 p.m., at Miami City Hall, City Clerk’s Office.

Public Service/Economic Development/ESG:
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 10 am – 12 noon
Jose Marti Park, Multipurpose Room
362 SW 4 St.
Miami, FL 33130

All workshop sites are accessible to the handicapped. Requests for special accommodations may be directed to the Department of Community and Economic Development at
(305) 416-2080 no less than three (3) business days prior to the workshop date.
You can find more information on FY 2017-2018 Requests for Proposals on our website at: www.miamigov.com/communitydevelopment/pages/rfq

City of Miami RFP Workshop CDBG Public Service/Economic Development/ESG:

The City of Miami’s Department of Community & Economic Development invites all interested public service agencies, AIDS service providers, non-profit agencies and/or for-profit entities, to attend the Pre-Proposal Workshops to be held this February for assistance with the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for those applicants seeking HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and/or Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (43rd Year).
Workshops will be held to address a total of three (3) different RFPs, all being issued on January 20, 2017.
Public Service/Economic Development/ESG and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program RFPs will only be fillable via the web-based ZoomGrants™ application management system with a deadline of February 20, 2017, no later than 3 p.m. We will not accept paper applications for these two RFPs.
Only paper (hard copy) applications will be accepted for the HOME program RFP. The deadline for this application is March 1, 2017, no later than 3 p.m., at Miami City Hall, City Clerk’s Office.

 

Public Service/Economic Development/ESG:
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 10 am – 12 noon
Morningside Park, Multipurpose Room
750 NE 55 Terrace
Miami, FL 33137

Click on Link for Listing of all Community Development RFP Workshops