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NACEDA Network News

February 27, 2020

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February 26, 2020

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Major civil rights legislation is under assault

Trump administration appointees at the OCC and HUD have proposed regulatory changes that would undermine two historic pieces of civil rights legislation — the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and the Fair Housing Act. 

88 SAY NO to gutting the Community Reinvestment Act

Proposed changes to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) could redirect billions of dollars in loans, investments, and critical financial services away from low and moderate-income communities. Go to for sample comment letters and resources. Submit a comment letter by April 8.

88 SAY NO to rolling back Fair Housing Act protections

HUD's new proposal would reverse the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, which provides jurisdictions and public housing authorities guidance and tools to identify and address harmful patterns of segregation, discriminatory practices, and disinvestment. Go to for sample comment letters and resources. Submit a comment letter by March 16.


Thriving Networks

NACEDA network speaks out to protect the Community Reinvestment Act

Community developers are sounding alarms that the proposed CRA rule change would incentivize the very thing it was enacted to fight — redlining. This historic discriminatory practice starved low-income and minority neighborhoods of loans, investments, and critical financial services. Take a look at some of their op-eds:

·  The Columbus Dispatch: Rule Change Could Allow Redlining to Resume by Nate Coffman of the Ohio CDC Association 

·  Houston Chronicle: Changes to Community Reinvestment Act Will Return Us to Redlining by Lori Pampilo Harris of the Houston Housing Collaborative 

·  NJ Spotlight: Fearing Proposed Changes to Community Lending Regulations Would Re-Legalize Redlining by Staci Berger of Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey and John Restrepo of Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation 

·  Shelterforce: Redlining Would Be Relegalized by CRA Reform Rroposal by Frank Woodruff of NACEDA

·  The Cincinnati Enquirer: New Rules Would Bring Back Redlining by Jessica Powell of Landmark for the Port, Sister Sally Duffy, and Deborah Robb HURC & Residential Sales

Make your voice heard! Interested in writing an op-ed? Contact Suzanne Gunther at Posting on social media? Use the hashtag #TreasureCRA. Make sure to submit a comment letter by April 8.

NACEDA Summit goes on the road to St. Paul, Minnesota on October 27-29

The NACEDA Summit is the only national event designed by and for community development network leaders. This year's event is co-hosted by Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, our Minnesota member, and will have a special focus on creative placemaking through a collaboration with ArtPlace America. This dynamic peer-learning event provides community development association professionals with the opportunity to engage with peers from across the country, share their success and challenges, strengthen their skills, and tour local community development initiatives. Mark your calendar!


Creative Places

NACEDA launches 3-state creative placemaking research project

How can states successfully integrate arts and cultural strategies that advance equity into their community economic development systems over the long term? That's the focus of a new research project launched by NACEDA and Americans for the Arts (AFTA) with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Woodforest National Bank, and ArtPlace America. 

Three NACEDA members will participate in the project in 2020: the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations, Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey, and the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers in Minnesota. They will partner with state arts advocates to explore the public policies, financial resources, relationships, and capacity development necessary for creative placemaking to flourish in their states. NACEDA and AFTA kicked off the project with a convening of the state partners on January 23-24 in Washington, DC.

NACEDA co-authors article for Federal Reserve publication 

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco released a special edition of their Community Development Innovation Review: Transforming Community Development Through Arts and Culture. It featured the article State Policy Innovations to Support Creative Placemaking by Frank Woodruff and Jeremy Brownlee of NACEDA and Kelly Barsdate and Ryan Stubbs of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. This special edition was edited by ArtPlace America and PolicyLink. At the launch event, Frank Woodruff spoke on a panel on policy, capital, and creative placemaking with Rip Rapson of the Kresge Foundation, Jeremy Liu of PolicyLink, Vinitha Watson of Zoo Labs, and Deborah Kasemeyer of Northern Trust Corporation. 

Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit heads to Philadelphia and Anchorage

Connect with innovators who put arts, culture, and social justice at the heart of equitable, vibrant communities. The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking will host its Northeast Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 26-27. They are currently accepting session proposals for their Pacific Summit in Anchorage, Alaska on May 14-15. 


Healthy Places

Funding Opportunity: Community Innovations 2020

Community Innovations is an 18-month program for up to eight Community Development Corporations motivated to engage healthcare partners in their neighborhood revitalization work. Selected organizations will be awarded up to $40,000 to support staff or a consultant to lead healthcare engagement, $60,000 of in-kind technical support provided by Build Healthy Places Network, and facilitated connections to a national network of peer support. Proposals are due March 18. Learn more and register for webinars on February 27 and March 5.

NACEDA connects with "the other CDC" in Atlanta

NACEDA's Frank Woodruff and Suzanne Gunther and Jeffrey Verespej of Old Brooklyn CDC presented at the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) Public Health Showcase for staff at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. The Public Health Showcase was part of an ongoing collaboration between NACEDA and NACDD to connect statewide leaders in the community development and chronic disease fields. We are currently developing webinars and a joint webpage to connect our members Dr. Karen Hacker, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Chronic Disease, talked with Frank Woodruff and Jeffrey Verespej about how community development nonprofits improve health outcomes.



NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program invites applications

The NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, in collaboration with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, provides an opportunity for senior nonprofit leaders to transform their organizations to become more performance driven and outcome focused. NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff is a member of the previous Achieving Excellence cohort and highly recommends it. Apply by April 15.


Job Postings

Chief Executive Officer
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers | Minneapolis, MN 

Advocacy Specialist and Capacity Building Specialist
BLDG Memphis | Memphis, TN

Coalition Builder
Prosperity Indiana | Indianapolis, IN

To post a job opportunity, contact Suzanne Gunther. A $25 donation is suggested.


Funding Opportunities

Here are just a few of the grant opportunities listed on our website. KaBOOM! grants make places more playful for kids of all ages. Apply by March 6. The WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities funds initiatives that tackle both the climate crisis and urban inequality. Apply by May 7. 

Go to our website for current grant opportunities. They're updated throughout the month.




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