National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations        May 4, 2023

Federal News 
Tell Congress Not to Slash Housing & Community Development Funding

Add your organization to a letter urging Congress to invest in affordable housing, community development, and homelessness prevention in Fiscal Year 2024. Congress has underfunded critical programs for decades, and now House Republicans are threatening to enact deep budget cuts. Urge Congress to ensure these vital programs receive the highest allocation of discretionary funds possible in fiscal year 2024.

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NACEDA Goes on the Road to Present Grounding Values Study Results

NACEDA is presenting state-specific results of the Grounding Values Study – a national study of community-based development organizations (CBDOs) that was conducted by the Urban Institute for NACEDA – at community development conferences around the country. The most recent stop was the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations’ (TACDC) conference on April 17. In a session titled Data & Direction: The Future of Community Development in Texas, NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff and consultant Chris Walker discussed the Texas-specific data gleaned from the study with David Danenfelzer of the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and Paul Charles of Neighborhood Recovery CDC.

The Grounding Values Study includes tax data analysis, the first national survey of CBDOs since 2005, and qualitative interviews around key themes. The findings can be used to support advocacy, fundraising, and capacity building. Next stop: The 2023 Small Town & Rural Development Conference, hosted by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan. Contact Research Fellow Chanse Sonsalla at [email protected] if you are interested in bringing a session on the Grounding Values Study to your conference.

Frank Woodruff and Myra Martinez at the TACDC Conference
 Frank Woodruff and Myra Martinez of Affordable Homes of South Texas,
Inc. at the Texas Community Development Conference

Join the NACEDA Team

We’re excited to expand the NACEDA team with the following positions:

  • People & Places Advocacy Director will advance the advocacy and education activities of the People & Places Collaborative among federal agencies, including HUD, Treasury, USDA, the White House and Community Reinvestment Act regulators, as well as among Members of Congress and their staff. Apply by May 31.
  • Grounding Values VISTA is integral to developing a new research arm of NACEDA that provides critical insight into the community-based development organizations that compose the heart of our field. Apply by June 8.
  • Systems Change VISTA is integral to adapting NACEDA’S communications and learning systems to provide greater access to resources, capacity-building opportunities, and information to community-based development organizations. Apply by June 8.

Both VISTA positions have a $1,000 per month housing stipend.

Member News
Meet the Ohio CDC Association's New Executive Director 

Torey Hollingsworth

Torey Hollingsworth brings more than a decade of experience in community advocacy to the Ohio CDC Association, a statewide membership organization that fosters vibrant neighborhoods and improves the quality of life in all communities through advocacy and capacity building of member agencies. She most recently served as the Director of the Office of the Dayton City Commission, managing the policy work and support staff for the city’s elected leadership. Hollingsworth began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Greater DC Cares, then became Senior Regional Organizer at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), and then served as Manager of Research & Policy at the Greater Ohio Policy Center.

“This is a pivotal moment for Ohio communities,” said Hollingsworth. “I’m proud to support and contribute to the incredible work our member organizations are doing to lift communities, address the needs of neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for people across Ohio.” Hollingsworth succeeds former executive director Nate Coffman, who served on NACEDA’s Board of Directors.

Funding & Job Opportunities

Community Economic Development (CED) Planning Grants
HHS Office of Community Services

This funding opportunity provides community development corporations (CDCs) with financial assistance for administrative capacity building. With increased administrative capacity, CDCs will be better equipped to design a sustainable business project and package a viable competitive application to be submitted in a CED competition within the 12 months of the end of the project period. Apply by July 12.

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