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Coalition's Policy Recommendations to
Miami-Dade County's Proposed 5 Year
Consolidated Plan (2003-2007)

In the coming years, the South Florida Community Development Coalition would like consideration to the following policy items given to the Consolidated Planning process for Maimi-Dade County:

Incorporate Certain Policy Elements of Carrie Meek's CDBG Proposal with the Upcoming Years Consolidated Plan

Last year, Representative Carrie Meek of Miami is introducing a bill to improve the CDBG Program by: directing a minimum amount of CDBG to benefit "low" income people and minimizing "benefit inflation" through methods of counting benefit to lower income people that are proportionate to their actual benefit
The Creation of a Rational Formula that Links Project Funding and Service Delivery Funding

Too often there has been a consistent and profound disconnect between project funding (i.e.. brick and mortar funding) and service delivery (operational support) funding. There needs to be the creation of a formal policy that links recommended project funding with adequate operational support in a rational and realistic manner that will take into consideration the administrative needs of grantees in concert with the number of units funded to produce.

Replace "20-40-40" with "50-50"

The Coalition seeks to further the effectiveness of the CDBG program by analyzing the County's distributive "20-40-40" policy. Essentially, the policy calls for 20% of the CDBG budget to be set aside for program administration, 40% to be targeted for County Agency activities, and the remaining 40% to be targeted to outside/non-governmental agencies (non-profits, CDCs, CHDOs, CBOs, etc.). A suggested alternative might be a "50-50" policy where 50% of the overall CDBG total is targeted for nonprofit/nongovernmental agencies; and the other 50% being targeted towards County agencies and for program administration of the CDBG dollars.

Explore Options for Creating a Two- or Three-year Funding Cycle

Year by year RFAs and funding cycles are frustrating experiences for the nonprofit grantees, County administration, and, most likely, the Board of County Commission. The County might want to look to other communities that have "stretched" out their funding cycles. A multiyear funding application may be beneficial for the County and grantees alike.

The Implementation of an Pre-Application Process for Potential Housing Grantees and Support for Community Organizing/Leadership Development

Each year the number of organizations soliciting the County is growing exponentially for a pool of development funds that is not growing. The County needs to implement a pre-application process that will determine which organizations have a proven track record of successful production and it in turn will fully support. The County should encourage and support those organizations that do not meet these technical standards to engage in community organizing, planning, advocacy, and leadership development. Should there be a need for housing or real estate development, these organizations should partner with experienced housing/real estate developers.