National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations                      February 16, 2023

Federal News 

HUD Seeks Comments on Proposed AFFH Rule 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a proposed rule to change the implementation of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), a mandate of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. This rule requires HUD and its program participants to take meaningful action to promote fair housing choice, eliminate historic disparities in housing, and foster inclusive communities.

“Affirmatively furthering fair housing means more than merely steering clear of housing discrimination violations,” said Demetria L. McCain, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, in a publicly released statement about the proposed rule. “Today, HUD is taking new, bold action to eliminate the historic patterns of segregation that continue to harm American families. This action will help make the purpose of the Fair Housing Act reality by making it easier for local communities to identify inequities and make concrete commitments to address them.” The rule was published in the Federal Register on February 9.

Comments are due April 10, 2023.


New Report Examines How State Systems Can Support Creative Placemaking

NACEDA supported research by community development and arts partners in Minnesota, New Jersey, and Texas, thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The partners explored how their states can create ecosystems that nurture equitable creative placemaking. The resulting NACEDA report, State Enabling Environments for Creative Placemaking, contains actionable goals for influencing public policy, grant making, investment, and capacity building at the state level.

The recommendations are based on the work of three partnerships:

   • Minnesota: Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers + Springboard for the Arts
   • New Jersey: Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey + ArtPride New Jersey
   • Texas: Texas Association of Community Development Corporations + Texans for the Arts  

Member News
HDC Releases Affordable Housing Toolkit  

The Affordable Housing Toolkit presents 20 high-impact policy tools that local governments can use to bring more affordable housing to their communities. It was developed by the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County (HDC), a NACEDA member, in partnership with the Urban Land Institute Northwest as a  guide for cities, counties, and advocates in Washington State. The toolkit is divided into four sections — Land Use, Financing, Anti-Displacement, and Regulatory Efficiencies. Each of the 20 policies includes considerations for jurisdictions alongside local examples and additional resources. The tools reinforce one another’s impact, and each can be viewed as an individual ingredient in a comprehensive affordable housing strategy.

Partner News
Infrastructure Act Opens Opportunities for Healthy Communities Funding

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act represents an unprecedented opportunity for investments in the social determinants of health through the improvement of community infrastructure, according to Build Healthy Places Network. Their Crosswalk magazine article, Finding Health in the Infrastructure Law, explains how community organizations, community development corporations, and health partners can use Infrastructure Act funding for cross-sector partnerships that improve the health of communities.

Funding & Job Opportunities
Enterprise Announces Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge 

This national grant competition will provide $20 million in funding to identify and propel implementation-ready innovations that transform current practices and reimagine access to affordable homes. Proposals must focus on at least one of three focus areas: financing, construction, access, and resident support. Application closes on March 3.

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