National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations                             March 21, 2022

Federal News
FY23 Budget Advocacy Begins After President Signs FY22 Budget Into Law

President Biden signed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget into law on March 11, funding the federal government until January 1. He is expected to submit an FY23 budget request to Congress within a few weeks. That will trigger Congressional negotiations on how to divide the FY23 budget among 12 subcommittees. 

“We need to advocate for the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development subcommittee to get the biggest possible slice of the budget pie in FY23,” said NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff. “Please sign this organizational sign-on letter advocating for maximum housing and community development resources. Urge your networks to sign on too.” 

The new FY22 federal budget provides $53.7 billion for HUD in FY22 — $4 billion above FY21 — and increases funding for housing and community development programs at the Treasury Department and USDA. Highlights include: 

• $3.3 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a slight decrease from FY21;
• $1.5 billion for HOME, $150 million above FY21;
• $350 million for the Choice Neighborhood program, $150 million above FY21;
• $41 million for Section 4, level with FY21;
• $21.4 million for HHS’s Community Economic Development program, 1 million above from FY21.

To learn about FY22 budget highlights and gear up for FY23 budget advocacy, participate in the April 14 webinar hosted by the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding. NACEDA is a proud member of the campaign. 

Save The Dates for the Upcoming NACEDA Summit Series 
NACEDA Summit 2022 Dates: May 5, Jul 14, Sep 15, Nov 17
NACEDA is delighted to announce a new series of half-day summits specially designed by and for community development association professionals. Together, we will explore strategies to advocate for programs and policies that advance an equitable recovery, build the capacity of local community development nonprofits, and be more effective network organizations.

All four virtual summits will be held on Thursdays from 1:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Each summit will include a big picture topic impacting the community development field, peer groups meetings for NACEDA members, and a session highlighting successful initiatives. NACEDA’s first Summit day will be on May 5. Registration costs $25 per day and will open soon.

Member News 
Massachusetts Member Launches Racial Equity Pledge

The Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) and over 20 of its members have committed to a Racial Equity Pledge that affirms their commitment to work internally and in partnership with others to make their organizations more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. The intention of this pledge is to disrupt systems within the community development field that produce racial inequity. It will also provide a roadmap for MACDC member organizations to take specific, actionable steps toward racial equity within the context of their community and mission. “We are excited to be working with our members to help each other and push each other to be what we aspire to be – diverse, inclusive, equitable, and effective organizations working to eliminate racism in all its forms,” said Joseph Kriesberg, President of MACDC. See the process MACDC undertook to develop this pledge. 
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