National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations                         May 24, 2023

Federal News 

Federal Reserve Seeks Applicants for Community Advisory Council

The Federal Reserve Board is accepting applications from individuals who wish to be considered for the Community Advisory Council, which advises the Board on issues affecting consumers and communities. It is made up of a diverse group of experts and representatives of consumer and community development interests from around the country, including affordable housing, workforce development, small business, and asset and wealth building. Apply by June 9.

Partner News 
NeighborWorks Seeks 5 New Affiliates – Applications Close June 9

NeighborWorks America is seeking up to five nonprofit community-based organizations to join their affiliate network, which focuses on community revitalization, homeownership, and the production of affordable housing. Interested organizations can review the affiliations information and organizational self-assessment for application instructions, required threshold and charter requirements, application questions, and application timeline. The initial application for affiliation is open through June 9, 2023.

Member News
St. Louis Member Launches Photo Exhibit – Community Development in Action 

In partnership with the Humans of St. Louis, the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) curated a series of personal stories about the impact community development activities have had throughout the St. Louis region. The St. Louis Community Development in Action photography exhibit describes its goal, “Building better neighborhoods does not happen overnight and these stories showcase local champions who work tirelessly every day to revitalize the communities. The exhibit showcases the good that is happening in the neighborhoods and the people doing impactful place-based work in the region.” It features CBN’s 2023 Community Building Awardees and other powerful community development stories.

St Louis Photo Exhibit       
          Photo exhibit displayed on opening night at Intersect Arts Center in South St. Louis City 

Indiana Member’s Work to Advance ERA Programs Highlighted

Prosperity Indiana, a statewide association promoting community economic development, is highlighted as a successful case study for ensuring that emergency rental assistance (ERA) was visible and accessible to the lowest-income households in their communities and that ERA succeeded in preventing displacement. As members of NLIHC’s End Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions (ERASE) cohort, the Prosperity Indiana team works with key partners to educate program administrators, judicial partners, legal aid organizations, and other stakeholders to affect policy change and direct advocacy efforts for more than 794,000 renter households covered by the state’s seven ERA programs. The team encouraged ERA program administrators to engage in an “all of government approach.” These activities, combined with relationship-building at the community and administrative levels, led to enhanced ERA outreach strategies, improved ERA application processes, reductions in barriers to access, increased data transparency, and innovative eviction prevention strategies.

Meet NACEDA Research Associate Chanse Sonsalla 

Chanse SonsallaAs NACEDA deepens its foray into applied research, Chanse Sonsalla is transitioning from her previous role as the Stevenson Center Graduate Fellow to a full-time member of the team. As NACEDA's inaugural Research Associate, Chanse will lead and coordinate our growing research agenda. This year's focus will be on Grounding Values in Research, a study of the financial health, trends, programs, production, and services of community-based development organizations and the upcoming “Family Portrait” study of NACEDA’s 38 state and regional association members. She will also support NACEDA’s relationships with outside research institutions and help disseminate results to the NACEDA network and the broader community development field. Chanse is excited to bring a passion for accessibility, applied research, and data equity to NACEDA’s work. She is currently completing a capstone project, based on her work with Grounding Values, as the final component for a Masters of Sociology degree from Illinois State University

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