National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations                               July 12, 2022

NACEDA Convenes Midwest Members in St. Paul

NACEDA's Midwest Caucus Convening brought together 31 staff members from the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), Prosperity Indiana, Ohio CDC Association, and Housing Action Illinois to St.Paul, Minnesota on June 28. Members discussed regional collaboration opportunities and joined peer-learning roundtables on resource development, legislative agendas, capacity building, and conference planning. NACEDA thanks JPMorgan Chase & Co. for supporting our regional caucus convenings and MCCD for hosting their Midwest peers in the Twin Cities.

NACEDA Midwest Caucus
NACEDA Welcomes AmeriCorps VISTA Josh

Josh headshotJosh joined the NACEDA team as our Systems Change VISTA. His primary responsibilities include expanding NACEDA’s communications with community development nonprofits across the country to help increase their access to resources and capacity-building opportunities. Josh is passionate about the intersection of economic development, public policy, and community building. He recently spent the summer with the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations as their Summer Programs Intern. Previously, Josh worked in leadership development and community organizing with Los Angeles youth supporting efforts to end California's burdensome restrictions on returning citizens, as well as efforts to reform immigrant detention. Josh also worked with Los Angeles City Council District 4 to boost participation in programs that help constituents switch to energy-efficient power and water sources. Outgoing Thriving Network VISTA Maggie Kentilitisca has now transitioned to her new role with NACEDA as Program Coordinator.

Member News
Rhode Island Dedicates 23% of ARPA Funds to Housing & Homeless Assistance

The State of Rhode Island’s FY 2023 Budget dedicated $221 million of the $1.1 billion it received in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds toward affordable housing and homelessness prevention. This investment builds on an initial allocation of $29 million towards housing that was approved by state lawmakers in January 2022, bringing the total investment to $250 million. Melina Lodge, executive director of the Housing Network of Rhode Island called the investment “historic,” noting that prior to 2021, Rhode Island relied primarily on bond referenda to fund affordable housing development. “This investment helps us to build scaffolding for future investments,” she said. “The budget acknowledges the urgency of the problem, prioritizes housing for lower-income households, and provides the opportunity for CDCs and nonprofit developers to demonstrate what this investment can do for the state.” The budget includes a total of $85 million for the construction of affordable homes, $30 million for first-time homebuyer down payment assistance, and $35 million to develop housing solutions for people experiencing homelessness, allocated over multiple fiscal years through FY25.

Melina serves on the House Special Legislative Commission to Study the Rhode Island Low and Moderate Income Housing Act. The Commission was reinstated in 2021 by House Speaker Joe Shekarchi (D-23) and is chaired by Representative June Speakman (D-68). Throughout the 2022 legislative session, the Housing Network worked with the Speaker’s office and bill sponsors to draft a package of complementary legislation that was passed by the General Assembly. The package of 10 bills elevates the Deputy Secretary of Housing to a cabinet-level Secretary position, reduces barriers and streamlines processes to increase development activity, expands access to a greater diversity of housing options including accessory dwelling units, repurposed schools, and historic buildings, and proscribes the collection of useful data to drive thoughtful and responsive policy making in the future. 

View the Housing Network of Rhode Island’s legislative summary and press release.

Training for Community Development Professionals
Community Development training

You’re invited to participate in a training co-facilitated by Elana Brochin, Program Director for Health Equity of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations. The training will explore the connections among health disparities, housing, and other structures that have been defined by racist policies and practices. Register by Monday, July 18. This training is geared toward community development professionals, planners, housing advocates, and others with little or no formal training in health equity or public health. 

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