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December 11, 2009

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  • Tuesday, April 14th, 3 - 5pm
  • United Way of Miami Dade
  • Click here to register, or contact Josh McLeod at 206-428-4361 or josh.mcleod@benevon.com.
  • Wednesday & Thursday, April 22 & 23, 2 - 8pm
  • Miami Beach Convention Center
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South Florida Community Development Coalition
November 26, 2008
DISCRIMINATION AGAINST SECTION 8: The United States Court of Appeals has ruled that a private landlord's refusal to accept rent in the form of federal housing vouchers is a violation of federal housing statutes and the District of Columbia Human Rights Act. Click here to read the Court's opinion.



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October 30, 2008

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South Florida Community Development Coalition
September 21, 2008
In preparation for the upcoming distribution of $3.9 billion from the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act, there will be an online chat to help local governments and nonprofits develop effective plans for using these funds within a tight time frame.  For more information on the chat and how to participate, click here for information.
The Florida Community Loan Fund has announced its Green Building Loan Pool program. It is an incentive established with support from the Home Depot Foundation and other investors to encourage and assist nonprofit developers to build green affordable housing, supportive housing, and community facilities in Florida. Applications for the first offering will be accepted until December 15, 2008. CLICK HERE for information
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarz is sponsoring a grant writing workshop on Monday, September 29th, at the United Way, 3250 SW 3rd Avenue. Two sessions are offered: a morning session for new or emerging community based organizations, and an afternoon session designed for community based organizations that have grant writing experience.  CLICK HERE to register.
The Emergency Financial Assistance program of the Florida Office of Homelessness has received a high number of applications this year.  Due to the high volume of requests they will not review applications received after September 26th at 5:00 p.m, unless money remains.  CLICK HERE for information.
Little Haiti Housing Association will be hosting its Annual Luncheon Fundraiser on October 17, 2008 from 12 noon to 2:30 pm.  The keynote speaker will be Juan Sanchez, Vice President and Community Affairs Officer from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlantic.  Please RSVP to reserve your place by October 10th by contacting Guiselle Hunter-Chin, ghunter@littlehaitihousing.org or by telephone 305-759-2542 ext. 118.  CLICK HERE for information

Email Dispatch
South Florida Community Development Coalition
September 14, 2008

EMPLOYMENT

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July 25, 2008

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June 6, 2008


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May 8, 2008
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South Florida Community Development Coalition
February 19, 2008
FLORIDA COMMUNITY LOAN FUND has approximately $6.5 million remaining in its allocation under the federal New Markets Tax Credit program. They are actively seeking projects where this underutilized resource can be invested. Contact Nelson Black for more information (904/215-0459) - CLICK HERE to visit their website.



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January 14, 2008



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September 16, 2007


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July 22, 2007

Jobs Available


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June 16, 2007


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May 28, 2007


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May 8, 2007

GRANTS FOR HOUSING NONPROFITS: The First American Homeownership Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from eligible nonprofit organizations in Florida. The funding can be used for a number of affordable housing related activities.  CLICK HERE for information.

PRESERVING AFFORDABLE APARTMENT COMPLEXES.
A meeting will be held on May 16th from 10 am to 12 noon at Legal Services of Greater Miami (3000 Biscayne Blvd, 5th Floor Board Room). The purpose will be to set up a system to monitor "at risk" properties in danger of loosing their subsidy. CLICK HERE for more information.

FINANCE SUBSIDY. Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta has announced that it plans to make available more than $2 million of subsidy to reduce the interest rate on loans that spur development in retail, small business, and other qualifying projects throughout the Southeast. To be considered for funding the project's developer must partner with a participating local bank. CLICK HERE for more information.

AFFORDABLE HOMES FOR SALE. Neighborhood Housing Services has eight houses for sale in Homestead with financing available that makes them affordable for low income purchasers. Contact Deb Goldsmith for more information. (305) 751-5511.  CLICK HERE to visit their website

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL INSTITUTE of Florida Memorial University has announced the schedule for its spring 2007 seminars.  The Institute provides one on one counseling related to small business start up and operation. CLICK HERE to download the schedule.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING SYMPOSIUM - “Success Stories, Ideas and Solutions” - May 24th, 2007,, 5:00 PM - Reception, 6:00 PM - Panel Discussion, Tower Theater, 1508 SW 8th St. in Miami. Sponsored by Great Florida Bank.  Contact Erbi Blanco-True for more information -  (305) 756-2393

SYMPOSIUM - HOUSING FOR ALL? - ANSWERS FOR LOW -INCOME HOUSEHOLDS - Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at Trinity Cathedral - 464 NE 16th St in Miami (In back of the Omni - Next to the Marriott Biscayne Bay). Reception Buffet: 5:30 pm - Program: 6:30 - 8:30 pm - The speakers on the panel will be:
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES.  Neighborhood Housing Services is seeking to hire a "Community Organizer" and and an "Homeownership Counselor". Contact Deb Goldsmith for more information. (305) 751-5511 -   CLICK HERE to visit their website

FUNDING: The Bank of America Foundation is making grants available to nonprofit developers.  CLICK HERE
for information.

Email Dispatch
South Florida Community Development Coalition
March 19, 2007
OVERTOWN: The Miami Dade College/HUD/Overtown forum will meet Monday, March 26, 2007, 10:00 - 11:30 AM at Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus, ETCOTA Room # 7166, 500 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33132. Contact Don Vargas for information at 305 536 5678 x 2271

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South Florida Community Development Coalition
February 4, 2007

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January 23, 2007

  • Wendi Norris, General Services Administration
  • John Little, Legal Services of Greater Miami
  • Gus Dominguez, Greater Miami Neighborhoods
  • Kris Warren, Miami-Dade Housing Agency
  • Patricia Braynon, Housing Finance Authority
  • Ann Kashmer, Fannie Mae
  • Barry Goldmeier, Advanced Housing Corporation
  • Bob Smith, Northern Trust
  • Cynthia Curry, County Manager's Office
  • Kris Warren, Miami-Dade Housing Agency
  • Charles Elsesser, Florida Legal Services
  • Jose Cintron, Office of Community and Economic Development


Email Dispatch
South Florida Community Development Coalition
December 26, 2006

Outline of Affordable Housing Measures
Under active consideration by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners:

NEW IDEA FOR ELIMINATING BOTTLENECKS IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
EXPEDITE THE PERMITTING PROCESS WITH PRE-APPROVED PLANS

It may seem ridiculous, but it can take up to 9 months to get a building permit for a simple single family home. Developers of affordable units (where profit margins are extremely low) are frustrated and discouraged by the expensive and time consuming process.

Why not create a collection of 10 or 12 of pre-approved and pre-permitted building plans that developers of affordable housing could "take off the shelf" at no charge.

There is an existing mechanism for doing this! The Florida Department of Community Affairs administers a plan review and approval process called the "FLORIDA PROTOTYPE BUILDING PROGRAM". Housing designs that are to be constructed over and over again can be submitted to the program. Such plans need only to undergo review and approval one time at the State level. Once an approval number has been issued the design can be used anywhere in the State over and over again. Local building departments are required to grant quick approval.

So what's the bottleneck? Local government must show some some leadership in implementing such an effort.  They need to spearhead a collaboration that can provide leadership in creating the plans and having them approved. The effort could start off with a modest three or four initial designs and then eventually expand to ten or twelve.


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December 9, 2006

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South Florida Community Development Coalition
November 27, 2006


OVERTOWN: The Miami Dade College/HUD/Overtown forum will meet December 4, 2006, 10:00 - 11:30 AM at Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus, ETCOTA Room # 7166, 500 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33132. Contact Don Vargas for information at 305 536 5678 x 2271


Email Dispatch
South Florida Community Development Coalition
September 19, 2006



MIAMI-DADE HOUSING AGENCY - The County Manager has issued a Progress Report on his efforts to reform the Housing Agency.  CLICK HERE to view the Report.

TRAINING: COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT - sponsored by LISC.  September 20-21, 2006. At St, Thomas University Bobcat Conference Center, 16401 NW 37th Ave., Miami Gardens, FL - Call Rosa Talero for registration information (305-381-7967 x 4015) or email her at rtalero@lisc.orgCLICK HERE to download the flier. CLICK HERE to register online.

JOB OPENING- The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities is seeking a Program Manager. The Funders Network is a membership organization that exists to inspire, strengthen, and expand philanthropic leadership and funders’ abilities to support organizations working to improve communities through better development decisions and growth policies.  CLICK HERE to view the job description and instructions for submitting an application. CLICK HERE to visit their website

TRAINING - THE FLORIDA HOUSING COALITION has posted its workshop schedule for the coming year. Several of the offerings will be held in the Miami area. CLICK HERE for the entire list and registration information

FLORIDA COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT COALITION is a collaboration of over 170 organizations that seeks to encourage banks to make more investments in low income and minority communities. CLICK HERE to view their recent newsletter.

TRAINING - MAPPING FLORIDA COMMUNITIES: An Introduction to GIS and Community Demographic Analysis Workshop. A session will be held in Miami October 12-13, 2006. Call 877.241.6576 or CLICK HERE for information.

FLORIDA REDEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION will hold it's annual conference in Miami Oct 17-20 2006. CLICK HERE for information about the conference and registration. CLICK HERE to view the agenda.

TRAINING - INTRODUCTION TO ASSET MANAGEMENT, October 23-24, 2006, sponsored by the LISC Community Development Training Institute. The event will be held at St. Thomas University (Bobcat Conference Center). CLICK HERE to download the "pdf" invitation (which includes registration information)

THE URBAN FORUM CONFERENCE - November 8-11, 2006. Sponsored by LISC.  Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami. Leadership workshops and sessions covering successful strategies and techniques for commercial district revitalization with a tour of successful Miami area projects. CLICK HERE for information on the conference and registration.

TRAINING - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FINANCE - December 5-7, 2006. Sponsored by LISC - Place: TBA (Miami Area) - Participation in this workshop is by application and invitation only. Send letter of interest to Rosa Talero at rtalero@lisc.org by 10/21/2006. CLICK HERE to download the brochure

JOINT VENTURE PARTNER SOUGHT. Goulds Community Development Corporation is looking for a partner to develop affordable single family homes on two vacant parcels that it owns in southern Miami-Dade County (the folio numbers are 30-6018-001-0380 and 30-6018-001-0430). These properties may potentially be able to carry duplexes.  Responders should send information that describe their ability to (1) be fully capable of securing their own construction financing, (2) have proposed models to construct, (3) have the capacity to complete construction in a  timely  manner.   Either Goulds CDC or the prospective partner can provide the homebuyers.  As its compensation in the deal Goulds CDC will require that it be paid a flat fee (in an amount to be negotiated) upon completion and sale of each unit.  Contact Robin Oxford for more information (305 278 6950).  CLICK HERE to visit their website.

FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT - The US Treasury has announced a new round of funding for its Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Program.  CLICK HERE for information

JOB OPENING.  Miami Beach Community Development Corporation seeks an AmeriCorps Community Development Program Assistant. CLICK HERE for more information about the job and how to apply.  CLICK HERE to visit the organization's website.

ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN SERVICES:  Fourth Annual Institute, "Building a Livable Community for All: Creating Connections, Strengthening Skills and Implementing Best Practices". Friday, October 27, 2006, at the Miami Beach Convention Center; 1901 Convention Center Drive, Hall C; Miami Beach, FL. local and state experts will discuss service needs, gaps, barriers, and state-of-the-art best practices. The event provides an opportunity for human service providers, business leaders, government, not-for-profit agencies, residents, and faith-based organizations to gather, discuss, and receive valuable information and innovative solutions.  CLICK HERE for more information.



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Thursday, July 13, 2006


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Sunday, July 9, 2006
If you are planning to attend, be aware that there is often little or no public input during these conversations.  There are exceptions, though. Also, call Commissioner Jordan's office closer to the dates to make sure things haven't changed.



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Sunday, June 11, 2006

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South Florida Community Development Coalition
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Call (305) 284 5670 for more information or click the following link. http://nonprofit.miami.edu/
TRAINING - Building Entrepreneurial Nonprofit Organizations, sponsored by the FIU Pino Center - Learn entrepreneurial strategies to make your purpose more sustainable. Topics include finance, marketing, strategic planning, human resources, organizational design, and board management. Series of 5 Friday Seminars 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - March 3, March 10, March 17, March 31, and April 21 at Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus Kovens Conference Center, 3000 N.E. 151 Street in North Miami. Click the following link to learn more. http://www.entrepreneurship.fiu.edu/events


E-Mail Dispatch

South Florida Community Development Coalition
Thursday, January 19, 2006

BROWARD WORKFORCE HOUSING: There will be a Workforce Housing Workshop on Saturday, January 21, 2006 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave. in Ft Lauderdale, Florida 33312. Complementary lunch will be provided. Click the following link for more information: http://ci.ftlaud.fl.us/workforce_housing/index.htm

INCLUSIONARY ZONING: There will be a public hearing on the proposed Inclusionary Zoning ordinance by the Miami-Dade County Commission (committee on Infrastructure and Land Use) on February 14, 2006 9:30 am at 111 NW 1st St (2nd floor commission chamber)

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING: The Annual Conference of the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition will be held at the Wyndham Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Click the following link for more information: http://www.flshc.org/

JOB OPENING: A CDC in Overtown is seeking a deputy director. For information contact Don Patterson at BAME Development of South Florida, Inc. at 305 373 7233

TRAINING - On February 3, 2006 the the Center on Nonproft Effectiveness will conduct a training entitled Social Entrepreneurship for Nonprofit Sustainability - It will be at the Kovens Center on the FIU Bayview Campus in North Miami. Click below for registration information:
http://www.centeronnonprofiteffectiveness.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.eventdetail&index.cfm

TRAININGS: - Florida Housing Coalition and the Florida Housing Finance Corporation will conduct two local trainings:
Click here for more information:
http://www.flhousing.org/workshopseriesNEW.asp


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Sunday, January 08, 2006 - 03:29 PM
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MIAMI-DADE MANAGER'S AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROPOSALS: The Miami-Dade County Manager has delivered two detailed memos to the County Commission outlining his proposed affordable housing initiatives. Click the link below to read his two "executive summaries":
http://floridacdc.org/policy/county-initiatives.html

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS: The Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) has announced its recomm endations for FY 2006 funding. A public hearing on these recommendations will be held at 2:00 pm on January 17, 2006, in the Commission Chamber located on the 2nd level of the Stephen P. Clark, 111 N.W. First Street, Miami, Florida. Click the link below to view the recommendations:
http://www.miamidade.gov/ced/ActionPlan.asp

MIAMI-DADE INFILL HOUSING INTIATIVE - Click the link below to view the Coalition's "report card" of Miami-Dade County's "Infill Housing Initiative":
http://floridacdc.org/liens/infill2.html

WORKSHOP - SOUTH FLORIDA HOUSING CRISIS: Miami Beach CDC and the Urban Environment League are co-sponsoring a workshop/symposium entitled "The South Florida Housing Crisis, Challenges, Opportunities, Program Successes". It will be held January 18, 2006 from 9:00 am to 2 pm. Panelist include political leaders, agency heads, and some of the top developers of affordable housing. Call Denis Russ for more information -
305-538-0090-x20

SECTION 8 HOMEOWNERSHIP TRAINING: United State HUD and NeighborWorks are co-sponsoring a training on how to use the federal governments housing rental vouchers program for homeownership. The event will be held March 7-8, 2006 in Miami, FL at the Courtyard Miami Downtown, 200 SE 2nd Ave. Register on-line using the link below or call Christina Rosenberg at (607) 273-8374 x26:
http://www.nw5.org/courses/course_classes.php?course=1000

C-ONE TRAINING: Social Entrepreneurship for NonProfit Sustainability, sponsored by the C-One Center. The event will be held at the FIU Kovens Center, 3000 NE 151 St., North Miami - Feb. 3, 2006, 8:00 am - 4:30pm. You can register on-line using the following link:
http://www.c-one-miami.org

STATEWIDE CDC ASSOCIATION: The first Annual Membership Meeting of the Florida Association of Community Development Corporations (FLACDC) will be held on on Saturday, January 28 from 10 am to 3 pm in Tampa at the offices of the University Area CDC at 14013 North 22nd St. Click below for information on the meeting:

http://floridacdc.org/zzz/flacdc-meeting.pdf
Click below for background information on FLACDC
http://floridacdc.org/zzz/flacdc-info.pdf
Click below for a FACDC membership application
http://floridacdc.org/zzz/flacdc-app.pdf
Click the link below to go to FLACDC's website
http://www.flacdc.org/

GIS TRAINING: "Mapping Florida Communities: An Introduction to GIS and Community Demographic Analysis Workshop". There will be two of these one day workshops held in Miami (Feb 2nd and 3rd). For information call 877 241 6576 or click the following link:
https://www.urban-research.info/ur/workshops/workshops-gis.shtml

ARTICLE OF INTEREST - CDC'S COALTIONS: Click the link below for an interesting article (pointed out to us by John Ise) regarding the efforts of nonprofit developers nationwide to form local advocacy coalitions:
http://www.nhi.org/online/issues/144/cdcnetworks.html


E-MAIL DISPATCH
South Florida Community Development Coalition
Saturday December 03, 2005 - 12:10 PM

INCLUSIONARY ZONING UPDATE: A committee of the Miami-Dade County Commission will hold a public hearing on Dec. 13 regarding a proposed ordinance that would require developers of larger residential projects to make some of their units "affordable" as a precondition to getting a building permit. The term "affordable" is defined to mean housing for persons earning less than approximately $63,000 per year. Developers would have the option of "buying out" by paying a fee into a new County managed "workforce housing trust fund". The commission adopted the ordinance 12-0 on first reading Nov. 15 (final adoption on second reading is still required). Click below to download a text file containing the proposed Ordinance:
http://floridacdc.org/zzz/051107-wkforce-ord.doc

GIS TRAINING: "Mapping Florida Communities: An Introduction to GIS and Community Demographic Analysis Workshop". This is a one day hands-on workshop on the fundamentals using Geographic Information System (GIS). Participants learn to make thematic maps of their community, geocode addresses and perform spatial queries and analysis. Participants also learn to extract and map Census variables such as race, poverty, language, education, health, etc. Exercises are designed for beginners and intermediate.  There will be two of these one day workshops held in Miami (Feb 2nd and 3rd). For information call 877 241 6576 or click the following link:
https://www.urban-research.info/ur/workshops/workshops-gis.shtml

TRAINING - MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT: Citibank, as part of the LISC-FIU Community Development Training Institute, is sponsoring a course for nonprofit developers titled Mixed-Use Real Estate Finance. The three-day class will be held Dec. 12-14, 2005 in Miami. Mixed-use developments can incorporate housing, retail, office, and other uses. Tuition is free but enrollment is on a "first come first served" basis (there is a chance, in fact, that it is already filled up).  Click below to download the registration packet.
http://floridacdc.org/zzz/CitiBank.pdf

TRAINING - FAITH BASED DEVELOPMENT: There will be a "Christian Community Development" training in Miami on January 19-21, 2006 sponsored by the the Family & Children Faith Coalition. The training will be conducted by the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), a nationally recognized organization headquartered in Chicago. Call  305 228-3986 for information and to register. Click below for more information:
http://fcfcfl.org/CCDA_Institute_Miami_06.htm
Visit CCDA's website by clicking the following:
http://www.ccda.org/

OVERTOWN: The Miami Dade College/HUD/Overtown forum meets January 9, 2006 at Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus, ETCOTA Room # 7166, 500 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33132 from 10:00- 11:30 AM. Contact Don Vargas for information at 305 536 5678 x 2271

COALITION MEETING: The South Florida Community Development Coalition will meet 3pm on Monday, December 5, 2005 at 3000 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami (room 106).  Call John Little for information (305 438 2461).

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ANNUAL REPORT: Click the link below to download the 2005 Annual Report of the Florida Affordable Housing Study Commission:
http://www.floridahousing.org/ahsc/AnnualReports/2005AnnualReport 

FIGHTING "REDLINING" - RESEARCHING BANK COMPLIANCE: In 1978 Congress adopted two laws to require lenders to "meet the credit needs" of low income neighborhoods.  Up until that time many poor communities had been purposefully "redlined" by certain lenders who considered making loans in such locations to be risky and not worth bothering with. The two laws were the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).  Advocates working to encourage bank compliance with CRA have used HMDA to get data on how particular banks were performing in low income neighborhoods. The latest newsletter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has an article entitled "Using the New HMDA Data to Expand Home Mortgage Lending Opportunities". You can view it by clicking the following link:
http://www.occ.treas.gov/cdd/newsletters/summer05/cd/index.html

WORKSHOPS - FLORIDA HOUSING COALITION:  Click the following link to view the schedule of the upcoming trainings sponsored by the Florida Housing Coalition:
http://www.flhousing.org/workshopseriesNEW.asp



E-MAIL DISPATCH
Florida Community Development Coalition
Monday, November 14, 2005 - 08:17 AM

COUNTY COMMISSION TO CONSIDER
INCLUSIONARY ZONING LAW

On Tuesday (tomorrow) the Miami-Dade Commissioner plans to begin consideration of a draft "Inclusionary Zoning" law.  It would require larger developers to make a percentage of their units affordable to persons earning less than 140% of the County median income (roughly $63,000 per year).

You can download the draft law by clicking the following link:
http://floridacdc.org/zzz/051107-wkforce-ord.doc

For background you can view an article in this morning's Miami Herald by
clicking below:
http://www.floridacdc.org/articles/051114-1.html


E-MAIL DISPATCH
Florida Community Development Coalition
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - 09:40 AM 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT LEGAL CLINIC: The law school at Florida International University has opened a new legal clinic that provides free assistance to small nonprofits and small minority owned businesses.  For information contact Zoraya Ledesma at 305-348-7541.

FREE TRAINING: The Florida Housing Coalition's is sponsoring a workshop on "Developing Housing for Extremely Low Income Households" to be held on August 31st in Orlando. Space is limited. For registration information click the following link: 
http://www.flhousing.org/workshopseriesNEW.asp

TRAINING - FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:  A Faith Based Training Symposium will be held October 12,13 & 14, 2005 at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood FL. Sponsors include BB&T Bank, National Development Council, Duke Law School, Freddie Mac, and United States HUD.  Click the following Link to learn more:
http://www.bbandtfaithbasedtrainingsymposium.com/eblast/

BROWNSVILLE. Miami-Dade Neighborhood Housing Services has undertaken a new program to revitalize Brownsville (which along with the adjoining communities of Liberty City and Edison constitutes "Model Cities"). Click the following link to view the August edition of the Brownsville Community Newspaper:
http://www.mdnhs.org/brownsville/BCP_Aug05pdf.pdf

JOB OPENING: BAME Development Corporation of South Florida, Inc. is seeking a candidate to become its new President/CEO. The job involves  implementation of projects in Overtown (an historic African American community near downtown Miami).  Send resume and cover letter to bame@bellsouth.net attention Bill Mauzy or mail/fax this information to:
BAME, PO Box 012313, Miami FL 33101.  Phone:  305 373 7233

FREE INTERNET FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING: The Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) announced a $1 billion program to build 15,000 new affordable homes with high-speed Internet access over the next five years to bridge the digital divide. LISC, which has a field office in South Florida, will provide grants and loans to affordable housing developers for this purpose. Click the following link to view the news article:
http://www.knowledgeplex.org/news/107827.html

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING CONFERENCE - November 7-8, 2005  at the  Wyndham Hotel in Ft Lauderdale. Click the following link to get registration information:
http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?5S,P1,13F41891-7C9E-4118-93A3-6C58E582291F

LISC NEWSLETTER.  Click the following link to view the latest issue of LISC's "eNewsletter"
http://www.lisc.org/resources/enews/2005/aug/15/enews.html

NEW MARKETS TAX CREDIT: The online electronic allocation application for the fourth round of the new markets tax credit (NMTC) program has been released. A detailed instruction manual was also posted with guidance for applicants. The allocation application deadline is September 21, 2005. Click the links below for the application and instructions.
http://www.cdfifund.gov/programs/programs.asp?programID=5
http://www.cdfifund.gov/docs/nmtc/2005/2006NMTCApplicationInstructions.pdf



E-MAIL DISPATCH
Florida Community Development Coalition
Monday, July 18, 2005 - 08:09 AM

"LEAVE NO VACANT LOT BEHIND" -  There are *thousands* of privately owned
vacant lots in Miami-Dade's most distressed neighborhoods - Why not
acquire ownership and build houses on them? A capable developer
experienced in low income neighborhoods usually has no trouble obtaining
construction loans which can be used to quickly build affordable houses
PROVIDED there is ready access to reasonably priced building lots and
there is ready access to subsidized purchase loans for the homebuyers. The
bottlenecks holding back production need to be unclogged.  Click the
following link to learn more about the Coalition's latest initiative:
http://www.floridacdc.org/policy/lots-init.html

LIBERTY CITY OPEN HOUSE - New single family affordable housing is being
created by some innovative joint ventures between nonprofit and for-profit
developers. There will be an open house at a recently completed home
jointly developed by Contractor's Resource Center, Inc. and Keiko
Investments.  It will be held at 2224 NW 58 Street in Miami on July 20,
2005 from 2pm to 6pm.  Refreshments will be served.

FAITH BASED DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE: A "Faith-Based Community Development
Training Symposium" will be held August 9-11 in Ft. Lauderdale sponsored
by the U.S. Department of HUD and a number of cosponsors. For more
information call Don Vargas at (305) 536-5678  x 2271 or click the
following link:
http://www.bbandtevents.com

NEW MARKETS TAX CREDIT - The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced
today the opening of the fourth round of competition for the allocation of
as much as $3.5 billion in tax credits under the New Markets Tax Credit
(NMTC) program. The allocation application deadline is September 21, 2005.
For more information click the following link:
http://www.cdfifund.gov

EAST LITTLE HAVANA.  A 32 unit condominium project affordable to low
income homebuyers is under construction at 1475 West Flagler St.  The
nonprofit developer is Model housing Cooperative, Inc.  The units are
affordable thanks to participation by the community development and
housing agencies of the City of Miami the Miami-Dade County.  Click below
to learn more: 
http://www.floridacdc.org/articles/050630-1.html

NEW VISIONS CDC recently broke ground on a single family home project in
Oakland Park.  To learn more about the project call 954 768 0920 or go to
their website at:
http://www.newvisionscdc.com/

HOMEOWNERSHIP ASSISTANCE - In the face of home prices that have risen over
30% during the past year local nonprofits have expanded their homebuyer
service programs. During the recently ended fiscal year Miami Dade
Neighborhood Housing Services provided homebuyer orientation for 837
families, gave free homebuyer education workshops to 487 families, and
assisted 125 families in achieving homeownership. These numbers represent
an dramatic increase over the previous year.   Another nonprofit provider,
Haven Economic Development Inc., has undertaken a similar expansion. You
can visit their respective websites by clicking on the following links.
http://www.mdnhs.org/
http://www.haveneconomic.org/

FLORIDA HOUSING COALITION has an new innovative online training program
for the Income Qualifications Process for affordable housing programs.
Click the link below to begin the instant learning process.
http://www.flhousing.org/qualification.asp

COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS can be a strategy to help keep housing affordable.
The Florida Housing Coalition and 1000 Friends of Florida are
collaborating to provide information, education and technical assistance
to for communities wishing to implement this model. For information call
Wight Greger at (850) 878-4219 or email her at greger@flhousing.org

MIAMI 21 - The City of Miami has undertaken an effort to create a
blueprint for its growth in 21st century. The Miami 21 process is a
holistic approach to land use and urban planning that will broaden the
scope of a traditional master plan so that it will become a true
comprehensive plan. The City has created a website for Miami 21 that
contains comprehensive information about the process.  Visit it by
clicking the following:
http://www.miami21.org

JOB OPENING: The Miami Beach Housing Authority has an opening for an
accountant. Send resume and cover letter indicating position title,
minimum salary requirements and education (word attachment) to
kathie@mbha.org or fax to HR Department at 305/534-5052.


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LIBERTY CITY/BROWNSVILLE: the Urban League of Greater Miami has opened the newly renovated 38 unit Superior Manor Housing apartment complex at 2351 NW 51st St.  They've done a great job in converting the property from a drug haven and eyesore into a quality affordable housing with each unit having completely revamped bathrooms, kitchens, and living areas. To learn more call the Urban League at 305-696-4450, ext. 230
 
MIAMI BEACH CDC is seeking to hire an experienced Housing Counselor for one-on-one and group seminars. Applicants should have experience in real estate transactions and have a degree in a business-related or public administration field. Bi-lingual required. For information email Karl Kennedy at karl@miamibeachcdc.org or fax resume to 305 538 2863.
 
CONFERENCE - "The Future of Community Development in Miami-Dade County" will be held on June 29, 2005 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at the FIU Kovens Conference Center at 3000 NE 151 St. in North Miami. The event is sponsored by Miami-Dade OCED - RSVP: call 305-375-3446
 
LISC - ONLINE DISCUSSION: On Wednesday, June 29th at 2 pm ET the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) will present an online discussion about its New Communities Program, a long-term initiative of LISC/Chicago to support comprehensive community development in 16 Chicago neighborhoods.  For more information about the discussion and how to participate click the link below:
http://www.lisc.org/resources/2005/06/communities_7813output.asp.shtml
 
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. The County Manager has announce the appointment of Silvia Unzueta as Acting Director of the Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED). In addition, Aundra Wallace has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami-Dade Empowerment Trust. Bryan Finnie had been serving in both capacities until his resignation which became effective June 18, 2005.
 
CARRFOUR CORPORATION, a leading developer of supportive housing for the formerly homeless, seeks to hire an ?assistant housing developer? to provide administrative support in the preparation of grants, loan closings, and other development related tasks.  Contact Doug Mayer for more information at 305 371 8300 ext 329 (dmayer@carrfour.org).  Visit their website at the following link: 
http://www.carrfour.org/
 
SOUTH FLORIDA LISC has distributed its summer 2005 quarterly newsletter. Featured is an article about Opa-locka CDC's rehabilitation of the historic Opa-locka train station.  To view the newsletter click the following link: 
http://floridacdc.org/zzz/050626-lisc.pdf
 
MIAMI 21.  The City of Miami is conducting a public workshop for its ?Miami 21? planning process. There will be individual sessions throughout the day involving economics, transportation, zoning and Parks.  It will be held July 9, 2005 from 8:30 am through 3:00 pm at Miami Dade Community College, Chapman Conference Center, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Building 3.  For more information visit the new Miami 21 website at the following link:
http://www.miami21.org/
 
OVERTOWN:  The Miami Dade College/HUD/Overtown forum meets July 18, 2005 from 10:00 - 11:30 AM at Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus, ETCOTA Room # 7166, 500 NE 2nd Ave in downtown Miami.  Miami, FL 33132. Call Don Vargas for more information (305 536 5678 x 2271)


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05/26/05 08:34:38

CONFERENCE - "The Future of Community Development in Miami-Dade County" will be held on June 29, 2005 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at the FIU Kovens Conference Center at 3000 NE 151 St. in North Miami. The event is sponsored by Miami-Dade OCED - RSVP: call 305-375-3446 by Tuesday, June 21, 2005

FUNDING WORKSHOP - Miami Dade OCED will conduct a workshop for all of its funded agencies on June 2nd from 10am until noon at the Miami-Dade Commission Chambers (111 NW 1st. St).. The workshop will cover programmatic as well as implementation topics.

EAST LITTLE HAVANA.  There will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the 32 unit Villa Godoy affordable condominium complex on May 31st at 10:15 am at the project site - 1475 West Flagler St. in Miami. The five story building is currently under construction and is being developed by Model Housing Cooperative, Inc.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Office of Community Services (part of the US Dept. of Commerce) is accepting applications for its Assets for Independence Program which provides five-year grants of up to $1 million to local and state initiatives that provide financial education and help clients build assets through Individual Development Accounts.  The deadline is June 15th. For more information call 202 401 4626 or write AFIProgram@acf.hhs.gov. You can visit the relevant webpage by clicking the following link:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/assetbuilding/applying.html

MIAMI-DADE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES - Two job openings are being filled, a Community Organizer and a Homeownership Facilitator. These full-time, one-year AmeriCorps VISTA positions pay a relatively small stipend but include local and national training, insurance, and an education award. Contact Tim Shenk at 305-751-5511 ext. 233 or tims@mdnhs.org for more information. Visit their website at:
http://www.mdnhs.org/

NEW MARKETS TAX CREDIT: The Treasury Department's CDFI Fund has recently announced the names of the 41 winners of New Markets Tax Credit Allocations for 2005. 10 of the winners have included Florida in their geographic service areas among them, LISC, Wachovia, SunTrust, ESIC, National Cities Fund, Self Help Ventures and Advantage Capital. Unfortunately, once again, there are no Florida applicant winners. Florida projects that are eligible for New Market tax credits, therefore, will have to compete for attention with projects from other States served by these organizations.  For more information on this story and for other late breaking news on the New Markets program click the following:
http://www.novoco.com/NMTC/index.shtml

GOULDS CDC.  Office space if now available for rent at the newly renovated historic "Store Porch" building at the intersection of SW 148 St. and US I.  The building is a centerpiece of the Goulds Mini-Urban Center and Historic District which is an innovative transit oriented development concept focused on a new South Dade Busway station. Contact Stephanie Bivens for leasing information - 305 278 6950. Click the following link for an overview of this transit oriented development initiative.
http://www.floridacdc.org/members/goulds/transit.htm

FUNDING:  The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced the availability of $50,000 grants to build the capacity of faith-based and community organizations that serve distressed communities. The funds can be used by qualified organizations for leadership development, organizational development, programs, services, and community engagement. Smaller organizations with budgets under $500,000 will receive a grant preference.  There is no required match.  Grant applications are due on May 31st. For more information, visit:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ccf/


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05/07/05 09:44:31

LIBERTY CITY - Florida International University and the City of Miami have released their long awaited market study for the Martin Luther King Blvd and 54th St. commercial corridors. The study will be an underpinning for a proposed master plan of the area. The study provides an analysis of the retail expenditure potential of the corridors including a competitive analysis of the trade area, a "best practice" case studies of revitalization initiatives, GIS mapping and recommended financing tools for redevelopment. The study can be downloaded from the following link: http://metropolitan.fiu.edu/

HOUSING NEWS.  The latest issue of the Florida Housing Coalition's newsletter contains coverage of the drastic changes recently implemented by Florida legislature to the state's Housing Trust Fund, In addition, there is an update on what's going on at the federal level, information about upcoming training events, and other items of interest to housing advocates. Click the following to view the newsletter. http://floridacdc.org/zzz/050508-fhc.html

"GREEN" AFFORDABLE HOUSING.  The Florida Community Loan Fund and the Enterprise Foundation have entered into an alliance to help non-profit developers build "green" affordable housing in Florida that promotes health, conserves energy and provides easy access to jobs, schools and services.  To learn more, click the following: http://www.fclf.org/recentNews.cfm?newID=118

FEDERAL HOUSING PROGRAMS - PROPOSED CHANGES: Last month Republicans in Congress introduced proposed bill entitled the "State and Local Housing Flexibility Act of 2005" which, if adopted, would drastically change how affordable housing programs operate and which would reduce the availability of public housing and Section 8 vouchers to very low-income persons (those having incomes below 30% of area's median).  Click the following link to learn more: http://www.nlihc.org/news/042805.html

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY:  Bank of America has announced their 2005 Neighborhood Excellence Initiative which will provide qualified organizations with up to $200,000 in unrestricted general operating support.  The application deadline is June 30, 2005. To learn more, click the following link: http://www.bankofamerica.com/foundation

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

*  MIAMI BEACH CDC is hiring a Program Director to manage its HOPWA  affordable housing programs for person with AIDS.  Contact Richard Wood for more information (305-538-0090).  Visit their website at:  http://www.miamibeachcdc.org/

*   FLORIDA HOUSING COALITION is hiring a "Technical Advisor" to provide training and hands-on assistance to recipients of state housing funds. Candidates should have experience in affordable housing development. For additional detail and application information click the following link:  http://floridacdc.org/zzz/050508-fhc2.html

*   HOUSING AUTHORITY OF CITY OF MIAMI BEACH is hiring a Finance Manager who will plan, direct and manage accounting, internal financial auditing, payroll, investments, liability/property insurance, rent collection and budgetary functions.  Experience in accounting and or finance is required. Send resume and cover letter to: HR Director, HACMB, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 or send as a Word attachment to kathie@mbha.org


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04/11/05 17:40:22

FUNDING - United States HUD has released its annual comprehensive funding announcement. The so called "SuperNOFA" covers $2.26 billion in funding for 53 separate grant programs. To get the details click the following link. http://www.hud.gov/news/release.cfm?content=pr05-033.cfm

MIAMI BEACH CDC has recently been successful in preserving an historic 34 unit affordable rental housing complex that was in imminent danger of being demolished to make way for the construction of new (and high priced) condominiums. MBCDC is using $1.6 million in federal HOME funds (provided by the City of Miami Beach) to undertake substantial rehabilitation of the building. Section 8 subsidies are being made available to the low income residents. An additional 34 affordable units may be constructed on the adjacent parking lot.  MBCDC, with the help of Legal Services attorneys, struggled for many months and overcame many obstacles to acquire the property and prevent its destruction.  Click the following link to read the full story http://floridacdc.org/lsgmi/050311-villamaria.htm

LITTLE HAITI HOUSING ASSOCIATION was a winner of this year's "HOPE Award for Excellence in Minority Homeownership".  The award was given by the National Association of Realtors and includes a $10,000 honorarium. It was made in recognition of LHHA's extensive homeownership education and credit counseling program for creole speaking residents of South Florida. Click the following site to visit LHHA's website: http://www.floridacdc.org/members/lhha/index.html

MIAMI-DADE:  Click the following link to view a listing of community meetings to be held in April to allow citizens to have input into Miami-Dade County's execution of its 5-year Consolidated Plan (which governs how the County spends its federal affordable housing and community development dollars).
http://www.miamidade.gov/ced/meetings2003.asp

FUNDING;  Washington Mutual Bank is making grants to nonprofits to support the production of affordable housing. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis and the initial review is within two months of receipt. Click the following link to learn more http://www.wamu.com/about/community/programs/affordablehousing.htm

LISC 'EXPERTS ONLINE" - The next Experts Online session is scheduled for April 21st. The topic will be "Green Building: It's Affordable!". Learn how communities have used affordable eco-friendly techniques to create better and healthier homes. Mathew Thall, senior program officer for Boston LISC and lead author of the "Innovations in Green Finance" report, will moderate this session. Click the following to learn more: http://www.lisc.org/resources/2005/04/affordable!_7800output.asp.shtml

UPDATE ON STATE HOUSING FUNDS.  On April 7th the Florida House voted to permanently cap the Housing Trust Funds at $193 million with no adjustments for increases in population or housing cost. This bill effectively diverts 50% of the Housing Trust Fund dollars away from housing. The Senate has not passed any cap legislation and, as a result, the bill will be part of the appropriations conference process where the House and Senate negotiate their differences on all budget issues. Visit the Florida Housing Coalition website for periodic updates:
http://www.flhousing.org/

OVERTOWN:  The Miami Dade College/HUD/Overtown forum meets April 25, 2005 from 10:00 until 11:30 AM on the Wolfson Campus, ETCOTA Room #7166, 500 NE 2nd Ave. in Miami. Contact Don Vargas for more information at (305) 536-5678, x 2271

URBAN DEVELOPMENT BOUNDARY BUS TOUR.  The Urban Environment League is hosting a Hold the Line Bus Tour on Saturday, April 16th that will explore much of the southern portion of the County Presentations on the various topics will occur both on and off the bus. The tour will leave the Trinity Cathedral, N. Bayshore Drive at Northeast 16th St at 9 AM and arrive back at 3 PM.  For Registration information can be found at the following link:
http://www.udbline.com/bustour.htm

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOUGHT: The Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach is soliciting professional services to assist it with affordable housing development. They following skills are being sought: affordable housing development consultants, commercial real estate brokers, and architectural/engineering services. The RFP and RFQ packages can be obtained at the HACMB offices at 200 Alton Road, in Miami Beach. Responses are due by Monday, April 25, 2005staceyb@lsg


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DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS SOUGHT: St. John Community Development Corporation (SJCDC) is seeking proposals from developers and/or co-developers for all of its real estate holdings in the Overtown. SJCDC desires the highest and best use projects within the confines of its mission. All types of developers are encouraged to respond - large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit. SJCDC's development focus has been on home ownership targeting very- low to moderate income residents, but it is interested in expanding its portfolio to include mixed-use, mixed-income, mixed-type residential and commercial projects. Call David Alexander for more information (305 372 0682 or dalexander@stjohncdc.org). Click the following link to download the full Request for Proposals
http://www.stjohncdc.org

AVOIDING BOARD MEMBER LIABILITY: There will be a five hour workshop on how nonprofit board members can avoid legal liability. The event is sponsored by the South Florida LISC/FIU Training Institute. Bill Hoffman, a nationally known consultant, along with an expert team of local attorneys will serve as trainers. It will held on March 17, 2005 from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Emma Lou Olsen Civic Center, 1801 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach, FL. Seating is limited so reservations are required. There is a $25 cost (dinner included). RSVP to Deborah Miller at 305 381 7967 (dmiller@liscnet.org). Click the link below to download the brochure:
http://www.floridacdc.org/zzz/050304-lisc.pdf

FEDERAL FUNDING: There will be a workshop luncheon to discuss how the proposed changes to federal funding will impact community revitalization. It will be held Monday March 14 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM at the Human Services Coalition 260 N.E. 17th Terrace, Suite 200 in Miami. Lunch will be served (HSC members $5, non members $8). Focus will be on proposed cuts in following areas: housing, health, and human services. There will be presentations by knowledgeable experts followed by a discussion. RSVP to Tracy Britten a 305 576 5001 x14 (tracyb@hscdade.org).

REGULATORY BARRIERS TO WORKFORCE HOUSING. United States HUD has released an update of its Report of the Advisory Commission on Regulatory Barriers. The updated report is relevant to anyone interested in removing artificial regulatory barriers inhibiting the production of workforce housing. Download the update by clicking the following:
http://www.floridacdc.org/zzz/050304-barriers.pdf

CDBG MEETING & RALLY. The City of Miami has undertaken an effort to prevent the CDBG program from being gutted. There will be meeting on Tuesday, March 8th at 9 a.m. at the Manuel Artime Theatre located at 900 SW 1st Street. Agencies should send persons at the level of program directors or above, The City's effort includes a "Save CDBG Rally" to protest the proposed cuts which will be held Wednesday, March 23rd at 10 a.m. at the Coconut Grove Expo Center. Contact Maude Steel for more information at 305 416 1976

LIVING WAGE: The Community Coalition for a Living Wage (CCLW) will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 7th at 6 pm at the Human Services Coalition, 260 NE 17th Terrace, 2nd floor conference room. The meeting will discuss efforts in Miami and Coral Gables to have living wage ordinances adopted. Contact Benjamin Burton for more information 305 571 8101. Click the following to go to the web page of the Miami Coalition for the Homeless
http://www.miamihomeless.org

C-ONE RESOURCE ALERT: Click the following link to view the latest Resource Alert update from the C-One is the Center on Nonprofit Effectiveness
http://www.floridacdc.org/zzz/050304-c-one.htm

CDBG: Both of Florida's US senators, Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez, have recently signed a letter to the Senate Budget Commission in support of Community Development Block Grant Program.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR: We've put together a comprehensive calendar of all events relevant to community development in South Florida. To add an event to the calendar call John Little at 305 438 2461. To view the calendar click the following link:
http://www.floridacdc.org/calendar.htm


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Sun Feb 20 19:16:42 2005

GOVERNMENT PROPERTY AVAILABLE. Homesales.gov, a new website, provides a unified online listing of the large inventory of homes for public sale by three government agencies (HUD, VA and USDA). The website features the ability to search for homes by state, city, number of bedrooms and number of bathrooms. For more information click the following:
http://www.homesales.gov

EQUITY FUNDING AVAILABLE. Seed-One Development, LLC is seeking opportunities to make equity investments in innovative workforce housing developments that are affordable to low and moderate income persons in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Developers of such projects who are interested can contact Jeff Wolf at jwolf@seed-one.com or call him at 786 312 1772

TRANSPORTATION MEETING. The next meeting of A.R.T. (Alliance for Reliable Transport) will be held Monday, Feb. 21, 2005 at 945 Pennsylvania Avenue from 7:30 - 9:00 PM. The agenda includes discussions on the future of transit planning in Miami Dade County and the City of Miami Beach. Visit their website at:
http://www.protransit.org/

LISC "EXPERTS ONLINE" WEBCAST - A webcast on the topic of "Preparing For Your Annual Audit" is being offered by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) on March 23, at 2:00 pm EST. A noted CPA will discuss how nonprofits can prepare for this dreaded annual event to turn it into an opportunity. For more information click the following link:
http://www.lisc.org/resources/2005/03/preparing_7635output.asp.shtml

MIAMI DADE NHS is interviewing candidates for two positions through its AmeriCorp VISTA program (a Homeownership Facilitator and a Community Organizer). Contact Tim Shenk for more information at 305 751 5511 ext. 233 (tims@mdnhs.org). Visit their website at:
http://www.mdnhs.org

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: The DART Center is conducting a paid training program in community service and action. It is for people that have shown an interest in volunteering to start a career organizing at the local level around common issues affecting low-moderate income communities like affordable housing, quality public education, youth services, crime, etc. The application deadline for South Florida candidates is March 9, 2005. Contact Ben MacConnell at the DART Center. 785 841 2680 (ben@thedartcenter.org). Visit their website by clicking the following link:
http://www.thedartcenter.org

OVERTOWN: The next meeting of the Miami Dade College/HUD/Overtown Collaborative will be March 7, 2005 from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM at the Wolfson Campus, ETCOTA Room # 7166, 500 NE 2nd Ave. in Miami. Contact Don Vargas for more information (305 536 5678 x 2271).

FLORIDA HOUSING COALITION. View the most recent issue of the Florida Housing Coalition's Newsletter (html) by clicking the following link
http://www.floridacdc.org/zzz/050220-fhc.html

NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT TRAINING: Four training events have been announced by the Center for Nonprofit Management at the University of Miami. Learn more by clicking the following link:
http://nonprofit.miami.edu/PW_workshopsList.php

NONPROFIT TRAINING: The Center for Nonprofit Effectiveness has released a schedule of upcoming training events. Click the following to learn more:
http://www.centeronnonprofiteffectiveness.org/index.cfm


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Fri Jan 21 09:16:14 2005

OVERTOWN TOWNHALL MEETING - There will be a townhall meeting on Jan. 22, 2005 at 10 am at Booker T. Washington high school (1200 NW 6 Ave) to discuss a number of current issues affecting the redevelopment of Miami's Overtown community. These issues include: the Poinciana Village/Sawyers Walk proposed settlement agreement; the Crosswind's project; and issues related to affordable housing, the economy etc.

CARRFOUR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING - The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta has awarded a $500,000 grant to Carrfour Supportive Housing to be used to help rehabilitate the Royalton, a 100-unit single-room-occupancy (SRO) facility in Miami. The Royalton will provide 80 permanent supportive SRO units for formerly homeless individuals and 20 units of workforce housing affordable to lower-income residents. All of Royalton's residents will receive comprehensive, individually tailored services designed to promote self-sufficiency, independent living, and residential stability. Visit Carrfour's website by clicking the following link:
http://www.carrfour.org

CITY OF MIAMI HEARINGS: City of Miami residents are invited to participate in the upcoming Public Hearings. The purpose of the hearings is to discuss community needs for the distribution of Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS and Emergency Shelter Grant funds in each district. Click the following link to view the hearings schedule:
http://www.floridacdc.org/zzz/050121-miamihearings.htm

TRAINING - LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT: There will be a two day training on the federal government's Low Income Housing Tax Credit program in Miami Beach on January 25 and 26, 2005. The trainer will be Joe Guggenheim, a noted tax credit expert and author. For more information call 301 320-5771 or e-mail joe.guggen@verizon.net. Click the following link to download the informational brochure and registration form.
http://www.floridacdc.org/zzz/lihtc-wkshops.pdf

STATE FUNDING FOR HOUSING: Governor Bush has released his proposed budget for FY05-06. It recommends spending $547,292,623 for housing. At first blush this appears to be an increase over last year but funding for SHIP and SAIL not targeted for hurricane relief remains stagnant. To view the complete news release from the Florida Housing Coalition click the following link:
http://www.floridacdc.org/zzz/050121-fhc.htm

NONPROFIT RESOURCES - Click the link below to view the latest information from the C-One Center for Nonprofit Effectiveness. The bulletin contains the latest information on upcoming C-One workshops, the availability of grants, nonprofit management resources, nonprofit job announcements, community events and much more.
http://www.floridacdc.org/zzz/010521-c-one.htm

PALM BEACH COUNTY - the next meeting of the Commission on Affordable Housing will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. at Bldg. #509, 3323 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. For more information call Olivia at 516 233 3650 (including information on whether the date is going to be changed at the last minute due a lack of quorum).


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Sat Jan 15 11:52:14 2005

BUSH PROPOSES 50% CUT IN CDBG: It was reported that President Bush will propose an eye-popping 50% cut in funding for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). If adopted the cuts would effectively gut the program. Significant cuts are also expected in the Home Investment Partnerships Program. Click the following link to read the news story.
http://www.floridacdc.org/zzz/050115-HUD-cuts.htm

MIAMI-DADE FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS: The Miami-Dade County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED), Miami-Dade Housing Agency and Miami-Dade Homeless Trust have announced their FY 2005 Funding Recommendations. The County Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the recommendations at 10:00 a.m. on January 25, 2005. The Commission is expected to vote on February 1, 2005. To view the recommendations click the following link:
http://www.co.miami-dade.fl.us/ced/

MIAMI CRA MEETING: The next board meeting of the City of Miami's Community Redevelopment Agency will take place on Monday, January 31, 2005 at 5pm at the Miami Arena (VIP room). Included on the agenda will be a presentation on the future of Overtown's 14th St. Corridor by the planning firm of Zyscovich, Inc. You can visit the CRA's website by clicking:
http://www.ci.miami.fl.us/cra/

DEMOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS AND GIS MAPPING WORKSHOPS: Two related workshops will be held in February and March of 2005 at several locations in Florida (Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee and Miami). The first teaches participants to perform in-depth demographic studies using the recently released 2000 U.S. Census. The second is a two day workshop focusing on using Census Data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in concert and is specifically designed for those involved in community planning, program design, proposal writing, needs assessments and fund-raising. For complete information click the following link:
http://www.floridacdc.org/zzz/050115-gis-wkshop.htm

OVERTOWN: The next meeting of the Miami Dade College/HUD/Overtown Collaborative will be held Jan. 31, 2005 at 10:00 at MDCC's Wolfson Campus, ETCOTA Room # 7166, on 500 NE 2nd Ave. in Miami. For more information call Don Vargas at (305) 536-5678, x 2271

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: The American Planning Association recently made available over 100 articles and documents related to affordable housing - dubbing the collection the "Affordable Housing Reader." Click the following link to learn more:
http://www.planning.org/affordablereader/

TRAINING - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PRISONER RE-ENTRY - Over 630,000 people are released from incarceration yearly and arrive on the doorsteps of communities nationwide. Without coordination of the offender re-entry process a cycle of victimization, violence and disillusionment and economic abandonment will continue to grip many communities that are already marginalized. The Forum for Reentry and Community Economic Development is a project of the National Congress for Community Economic Development (NCCED). The Forum will hold a training in Miami on February 15-16, 2005 on the topic of building economic strategies around prisoner re-entry programs. Click the following link to find out more and to register:
http://www.frced.org/

NEW MARKET TAX CREDITS: The Treasury Department has released final regulations for the new markets tax credits (NMTC) program Click the link below to download a copy:
http://www.novoco.com/NMTC/Resources/FinalRegs_1204.pdf

NON-PROFIT MANAGEMENT TRAINING: The Center on Nonprofit Effectiveness is dedicated to strengthening the nonprofit sector in Miami-Dade County by building the management capacity of nonprofit organizations. The Center conducts an ongoing series of workshops and trainings. To learn more click the following link:
http://www.c-one-miami.org/


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Thu Dec 30 09:05:44 2004

NEW ONE-STOP HOMEOWNERSHIP CENTER: The Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NRC) has selected Miami-Dade Neighborhood Housing Services as the sponsor for its latest NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center program. The new center will provide a one-stop source of comprehensive counseling and support for first-time homebuyers. Along with the designation NRC provided a $50,000 contribution to underwrite the Center's financial support. NRC is a congressionally chartered national nonprofit organization that supports a nationwide network of "NeighborWorks" affiliates. Click below to view the full news release:
http://www.miamidadenhs.org/news/annualmtg04preview.htm
Visit Miami Dade NHS's website at:
http://www.miamidadenhs.org/

TRAINING - LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT: There will be a two day training on the federal government's Low Income Housing Tax Credit program in Miami Beach on January 25 and 26, 2005. The trainer will be Joe Guggenheim, a noted tax credit expert and author. For more information call 301 320-5771 or e-mail joe.guggen@verizon.net. Click the following link to download the informational brochure and registration form.
http://www.floridacdc.org/zzz/lihtc-wkshops.pdf

FUNDRAISING SEMINAR: On January 19, 2005 LISC and KnowledgePlex are cosponsoring a webcast seminar entitled The Secrets of Our Success: A True Tale of Board and Staff Fundraising. The seminar will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of a fundraising success story with an emphasize how staff and board can develop effective partnerships to articulate a common vision, monitor work and raise funds. For information on how to logon to the event click the following link:
http://www.floridacdc.org/zzz/041230-lisc-webcast.htm

SMART GROWTH CONFERENCE - MIAMI: The 4th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities will be Jan. 27 - 29 in Miami. The program will feature cutting-edge smart growth issues, the latest research, implementation tools and strategies, successful case studies, new partners, new projects, and new policies. For registration information and details click the following link.
http://www.newpartners.org/

NATIONAL STORY OF INTEREST: DALLAS RECOGNIZES NEED TO STRENGTHEN CDCs: Dallas is tackling the revitalization of its southern section without the benefit of a strong community development industry, reported The Dallas Morning News. Though several of the city's 26 community development corporations have built some housing, most "are still chiefly job programs that struggle to meet a monthly payroll," the article said. The City's operating grants to CDCs fall far short of what's needed to build capacity, and philanthropic support is minimal. Unlike in Boston, where redevelopment is led by politically powerful CDCs, community organization in southern Dallas is weak. Neighborhood groups and city leaders can't seem to overcome mistrust and racism and work together, the article said. Click here to view the article:
http://www.knowledgeplex.org/news/62474.html