National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations        April 12, 2021

Federal News

Biden Calls for 15% Increase in HUD Budget, Housing Investments in Infrastructure Plan

President Biden released a "budget blueprint" on Friday that would boost discretionary funding for the HUD budget by $9 billion in fiscal year 2022, raising the total HUD budget to $68.7 billion. View the HUD fact sheet.

NACEDA is encouraged by the President's request for a $500 million increase to the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the highest funding level since 2009. The NACEDA network has been advocating for this increased HOME funding though the
HOME Coalition. Thank you to all the organizations who participated in the national sign-on letter, which was signed by more than 2,000 organizations. The funding request also provides $3.8 billion for Community Development Block Grant program.

In a separate March 31 announcement, President Biden released details on the American Jobs Plan to boost America's infrastructure. The plan would invest $213 billion in housing funds in a bid to tackle the historic shortage of housing supply, currently at its lowest in 30 years. The President called on Congress to fund these housing priorities in the American Jobs Plan:

  • Build and rehabilitate more than 500,000 homes for low- and middle-income homebuyers through the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act (a NACEDA priority).
  • Produce, preserve, and retrofit more than a million affordable, resilient, accessible, energy efficient, and electrified housing units.
  • Eliminate exclusionary zoning and harmful land use policies.
  • Address longstanding public housing capital needs.

 NACEDA applauds President Biden for including the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act (NHIA) in the plan. NHIA creates a tax credit to encourage private investment in single-family construction, rehabilitation, and repair in disinvested neighborhoods to stabilize neighborhoods and increase homeownership opportunities. NACEDA has been advocating for this legislation through the Neighborhood Homes Coalition. 

>>> Sign this letter urging Congress to invest in affordable housing and community development programs in FY22

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Community Economic Development & Healthcare Playbook

Developed by NACEDA and Build Healthy Places Network, the Community Economic Development & Healthcare Playbook provides strategies, on-the-ground examples, a 4-step pathway to partnerships to create career paths in disinvested communities, and a look at systemic changes that can advance racial justice. The playbook showcases strategies that are working to support local entrepreneurs, create training and career pathways, leverage capital for local health facilities, improve access to healthy food, and leverage assets from health institutions.

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Member Spotlight
CCEDA Administers Small Business Assistance Programs in 2 Cities 

The California Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA) is deploying small business assistance for the cities of Carson and Burbank, California. In March, they launched a $1 million round of forgivable loans in Burbank after administering a previous round in 2020. Eligible businesses, including self-employed contractors, entrepreneurs, gig workers, and businesses with less than 200 employees, completed applications for loans of $10,000 to $20,000. 

CCEDA administered a similar program in the City of Carson. In partnership with two of their members — PACE and Concerned Capital — CCEDA deployed $1 million to small businesses. CCEDA provided program administration support and their members provided direct technical assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition, CCEDA secured almost $6 million in Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Program loans for Carson small businesses.

In a nod to his peers in the NACEDA network, CCEDA Executive Director Roberto Barragan explained that associations can sometimes make it possible for local governments to subcontract economic development services to local community development corporations. "The contract and insurance requirements, as well as cash flow needs, may prevent smaller CDCs from being active providers of services in their own communities. Associations can be conduits for government while respecting CDC relationships with local small business," he said.

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