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If you didn't attend the OCCD 2013 Winter Quarterly - STOP reading.
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Update - Ohio Affordable Housing Forum and the Impacts from the Growth of Drilling

The following was provided by Tom Leach of the Columbus HUD Office as a result of HUD's Ohio Affordable Housing Forums-
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Fair Housing Month Luncheon & Training

In celebration of National Fair Housing Month, OCCD is partnering with Ohio Development Services Agency's Office of Community Development to present a luncheon and training
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2013 Housing Conference - OCD/OCCD

Hold the date! The 2013 Housing Conference co-sponsored by Ohio Development Services Agency's Office of Community Development (OCD) and OCCD will be held Nov. 20-
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National Community Development Week - Dayton, Ohio

This year marks the 39th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Through CDBG, economic development, housing, infrastructure and public servi
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OCD Downtown Revitalization Grants

The Ohio Development Services Agency/Office of Community Development will be offering two trainings in the next few weeks to teach you more about the Downtown Revitalizat
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Introducing the Civil Rights Reporter

Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General announces the first issue of the Civil Rights Reporter.
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HUD ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN STATE EFFORTS TO ASSIST INDIVIDUALS MOVING OUT OF INSTITUTIONS AND INTO H

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today issued new guidance to HUD-assisted housing providers on how
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HUD Guidance on Service Animals

Those in attendance at the OCCD Spring Quarterly for the fair housing presentation are aware of the conversation by audience and Joyce Hill, OCD Civil Rights Specials and
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Update on Fair Housing Issues Impacting Individual’s with Disabilities Training

On May 30, 2013, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission will sponsor, along with the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Development (OCD) as co-sponsor: Updates on Fair Housing Issues Impacting Individual’s with Disabilities.
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HUD and Barberton Settle Fair Housing Discrimination Claim Involving Group Home

HUD and City of Barberton settle fair housing claim over group home.
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Materials Available at HUD User

HUD USER is the primary source for federal government reports, forums, statistics, and articles, and other information on housing policy and programs, building technology, economic development, urban planning, and other housing-related topics.
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From Our Training Coordinator - Debra Mayes

So where did spring go??? Please slow down summer and fall.
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Funding for Affordable Housing Programs at Risk

The regular appropriations process has begun in Congress, but the two chambers are still divided over the level of funding to provide the government in the upcoming fiscal year.
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NEW HUD FHEO Outreach Tools – Fair Housing, Mortgage Lending, and more!

NEW HUD FHEO Outreach Tools – Fair Housing, Mortgage Lending, and more! Includes booklets, brochures, posters, etc. Print versions of some items can be ordered from HUD. Other items can be downloaded and printed.
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HUD Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

HUD Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule link provided.
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Speaker Presentations

Due to technical difficulties, I am unable to post speaker Power Point presentations from the OCCD Summer Annual Meeting at this time. There is not a problem with "your
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Power Point Presentations

Houston we have lift-off! Technical difficulties have been addressed and Power Point presentations from the 2013 OCCD Summer Annual meeting have been posted!! Access
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Transportation & Housing Bill Pulled from Floor in House

With support collapsing, a $44.1 billion transportation and housing bill was pulled abruptly from the House floor Wednesday
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From Our Training Coordinator

From Our Training Coordinator
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How many people are in downtown Columbus during the day?

Interesting fact shared by Community Research Partners-
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Linked In

OCCD has entered the world of Linked In. A members only group has been created and can be found under groups.
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From Our Training Coordinator

Another new year already??? Really?? It was an extremely busy time here in the OCCD World the last quarter. The OCCD Fall Quarterly followed the next week by the Ohio Housing Conference and two weeks later the OCD Housing Conference.
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Sleeping Rooms at OCCD Winter Quarterly

Deadline for sleeping room accommodations has been extended by Embassy Suites until Wednesday January 8. Please call 614-790-9000 and ask for the special rate of $108
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New Grant Management Online Information System Training

New Grant Management Online Information System -The Office of Community Development is developing a grant management online information system scheduled to be
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OCCD Memorabilia

Just realized the photo of the license plate bracket given to me by Phil Snider does not appear in the newsletter. :(
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OCD On-Line Grant Management Training

For those unable to attend the OCD On-Line Grant Management training today or if you were having issues viewing the presentation, OCD will be providing the presentation a
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NCDA 2014 Annual Conference

OCCD is pleased to be a sponsor of the NCDA 2014 Annual Conference to be held in Columbus
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Post Training Materials

Post training materials have been uploaded to the website!
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Info Shared by Cleveland Fed

The following was provided by thecommunity development team at Cleveland Fed- Does your state handle foreclosures through its courts?
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Chancellor Carey to Speak

Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Carey will be speaking at the OCCD training "Revitalizing Your Community: How Your Area's Labor, Learning, Lifestyle and Leadership Will
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Comments for OCCD By-Laws Changes

A copy of the proposed by-law changes as presented by the By-Laws Committee to membership at last week's OCCD Business Meeting is posted under "About Us".
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From Our Training Coordinator

And “you” thought warm weather would never get here………..
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2014 NCDA Conf - Franklin Cointy

OCCD was pleased to be a sponsor of the 2014 NCDA Conference hosted by Franklin County in Columbus, Ohio. Attendance was great due in part to the support of OCCD members
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From Our Training Coordinator

Happy New Year! Actually as I write this, it is only December 4…. Patricia and her deadlines…. Is it just me or did the past year seem to pass by in about 5 months???
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2015 OCCD Winter Quarterly

Power Point Presentations from the 2015 OCCD Winter Quarterly have been posted to this website. You can access them under the Learning Resources tab - Post Training Mate
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Earl Sterzer, OCCD Past President

A man who ran one of the largest and most successful urban redevelopment programs in Ohio died yesterday.
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We are golden! Let us know to expect YOU!

Didn't get an invite to the Tony's or the Oscar's?? Never fear the best is yet to come - The OCCD 50th. Anniversary & Gala where YOU
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Congratulations to OCCD Member and Past President Harry Conard!

This month's edition of the Cuyahoga County Employee Spotlight highlights
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Registration closed - April 28, 2015 Training

Due to the success of interest in the Rehab Program Property Standards and HOME Compliance scheduled for April 28, 2015, registration has reached capacity and is closed a
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Post Training Materials 2015 OCCD Spring Quarterly

Post training materials for the OCCD 2015 Spring Quarterly are now accessible on the website. Member log in and password are required.
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Request for Feedback - Periodic Program Income Reports

The following was submitted by one of our members who would appreciate your feedback. In your organization, who completes/provides periodic program income reports...
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Add'l Rehab Training

For those who expressed interest in attending a second rehab training as the one offered April, 28, the decision has been made to not offer an additional training.
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ALERT-Ohio Housing Trust Fund Cuts

Earlier today the e-mail notification from Ohio CDC & COHHIO regarding cuts to the Ohio Housing Trust Fund was sent out to our members. We would ask you to pass it on
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IMPORTANT ALERT- Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit in Jeopardy

Yesterday, the Ohio Senate proposed to eliminate the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit (OHPTC),
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Add's Alert on OHTF

From Ohio CDC- Our collective work is having an impact! request that the amendment to cut the Ohio Housing Trust Fund in half BE REMOVED from the state budget bill.
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Devasting cuts to HOME

Devastating Cuts to the HOME Program!!!!!! Senate Subcommittee FY2016 Bill Would Fund the HOME Program at
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Ohio Housing Trust Fund Cut Defeated - Thank You!

Provided by Nate Coffman, Ohio CDC- Many thanks to all who weighed in by writing letters, sending e-mails, making calls and visits to their state legislators.
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From Our Training Coordinator

A few weeks ago I conducted a site visit for an upcoming OCCD Quarterly on a Viking River Cruise Ship. It could work! The lounge was large enough for meeting space and the dining room would serve for a separate location for meals…. OCCD Members like tours….there was a tour every morning…talk about historical buildings – design and architecture!
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OCCD 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner Speaker

We are very pleased to announce our dinner speaker at the OCCD 50th Gala will be Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
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Time is Running Out!

Don't miss it! Only 7 business days to register for OCCD Summer Annual and OCCD 50th Gala!! Deadline is July 22, 2015. On-line registration at www.occd.org
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HUD Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a final rule to equip communities that receive HUD funding with the data and tools that will help
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Look Who Is Coming To The OCCD 50th Gala!!

Some have been away longer than others, but we look forward to seeing
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Save the HOME Program from Devastating Cuts!

As provided by COSCA- Committee FY2016 Bill Would Fund the HOME Program at
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200!!!

OCCD has 200 folks
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WE DID IT!

The OCCD 50th Anniversary Gala and Summer Annual Meeting was a TREMENDOUS success thanks to the leadership of committee chair Rollin Seward, OCCD President Ken Lengieza, President-elect Kathy Werkmeister and the 30+ committee members!
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Resources from the HOME Coalition Webinar with HUD Secretary Julian Castro

Provided by OCCD Member Gerry Diaz from Enterprise Community Partners
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Sign the National Letter Opposing Cuts to HOME!

Provided by Nate Coffman, Ohio CDC- national sign on letter, urging Congress to lift the spending caps and restore HOME funding to at least $1.06 billion.
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A Little Soul Searching, Hal Keller, OCCH President

The following was provided by the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, President Hal Keller- http://www.occh.org/about/message.html
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Passing of Jack Foley

Received word from Mike Keys that Jack Foley passed away December 18, 2015.
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From Our Training Coordinator

Happy New Year! Actually as I write this, it is only December 4…. Patricia and her deadlines…. Is it just me or did the past year seem to pass by in about 5 months??? Note – This was my lead-in last year. As I sit here at the laptop it is once again December 4. Some things never change……
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2016 OCCD Winter Quarterly PowerPoints

The PowerPoint presentations (provided by presenters) from the 2016 OCCD Winter Quarterly
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Realtor RFPs

The City of Xenia is looking at going out for a realtor to market some of the homes the City is ending up owning due to foreclosure. Does anyone know of any cases where
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Trump Administration Considers $6 Billion Cut to HUD

The Trump administration has considered more than $6 billion in cuts at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to preliminary budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.
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4 Ways to Voice your Support of CDBG & HOME

The news of potential deep cuts and the elimination of key U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Transportation programs central to creating communities of opportunity have planners - and APA - concerned.
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Local Government Resolution Opposing CDBG & HOME Cuts

Last night Euclid City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing the proposed FY 2018 elimination of CDBG and HOME. We encourage our colleagues to do the same. Attached is the resolution.
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Save The Date!!

Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Course Offering
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Rollin Seward to Serve on National Community Development Association Board of Directors

Congratulations to Rollin Seward, Canton Director of Development, former member of OCCD Board of Directors and current OCCD member on being selected!
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From Our Training Coordinator

Moving Forward into the New Year!
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Delay of AFFH Rule

HousingWire article- Delay of AFFH Rule
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HUD Seeks Innovative Projects for HUD Exchange

Do your part! HUD invites you to share the great work you are doing in your community - submit your story. https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/cdbg/project-profiles/
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From Our Training Coordinator

In 2017, OCCD entered into a contract with ICF, International to provide up to four trainings by December 2018.
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From Our Training Coordinator

Where does the time go?!?! It has been a busy first 6 months of 2018.  Beyond the yearly Winter and Spring Quarterlies, OCCD has sponsored/co-sponsored CDBG Basics, HOME, Davis Bacon,  ODSA’s Intake for Rehab Specialists and four OCEAN Trainings.
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From Our Training Coordinator

Adaptation………my word for August/September.
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OCCD Best Practices Fact Sheets

Over the past year, the Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD) has sought to provide value to both the State of Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Development (OCD), and to local governments across the State of Ohio in a v
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