National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations                     September 08, 2022

Federal News 

NACEDA & Partners Recommend Changes to CHDO Regulations

NACEDA coordinated a letter to HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge recommending changes to HOME Program regulations for Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). The letter recommends nine regulatory changes to make CHDO certification less burdensome for smaller, rural, and minority-led organizations. It also recommends expanding and clarifying what activities are eligible for CHDO funding. The letter was signed by NLIHC, Grounded Solutions Network, Habitat for Humanity International, and NACEDA. 

HUD requires states and localities to set aside at least 15 percent of HOME Program funding for CHDOs to develop affordable housing in the communities they serve. The recommendations address accountability, staffing requirements, the certification process, community land trusts, sponsorship of homeownership activities, technical assistance, program research, and reasonable return on investment.

National Survey of Community Developers Launches on September 14 
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NACEDA and the Urban Institute are poised to launch the first national survey of community-based development organizations since 2005. Starting on September 14, the Urban Institute will email survey invitations to thousands of organizations across the country. The survey asks participants to provide information about their production, programs, barriers, leadership, and needs. “Data is power,” stated NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff. “The survey results will provide solid data to increase the flow of resources to community-based development organizations and improve the way those resources are deployed.”

The survey is part of the Grounding Values Study. A report on the first phase of the study will be released at the NACEDA Summit on September 15. The report, Financial Health of Community-Based Development Organizations, is based on an analysis of tax records. It is accompanied by 140 state, regional, and metro-area fact sheets. Summit registration closes on September 9.

Watch for your survey invitation from the Urban Institute! The results will be used to create powerful reports demonstrating the accomplishments and needs of community-based development organizations. 

Member News
Meet Housing California’s New Executive Director

Chione Flegal headshotChione Lucina Muñoz Flegal joins Housing California as the new Executive Director. Flegal has over 20 years of leadership experience in housing justice, anti-poverty, climate justice, and equity movements. As a Managing Director at PolicyLink, Flegal led a portfolio of initiatives focused on water, climate, housing, transportation, and equitable fiscal policy in California and beyond. A NACEDA member, Housing California works at the state level to change policy to end homelessness and create affordable homes for all.

“Ensuring that every person has safe, stable, environmentally sustainable, and affordable housing is one of the most fundamental and pressing challenges we face as a country and as a state,” said Flegal. “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Housing California. The organization’s intersectional approach combined with its amazing staff, Board of Directors, Residents United Network, and diverse set of members and partners provides the foundation for addressing this challenge and delivering the bold solutions laid out in Roadmap Home 2030.”

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