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Search Results: Community Development
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Early Lessons from the Food Commons: A New Economic Whole System Approach for Regional Food
Food Commons Fresno is operationalizing the model with wholesale, food box, hub, commissary, and farming businesses managed through a linked for-benefit corporation and a community trust. The lessons from TFC suggest the need for rapid development...
Designing a Renewable Food System
Other systems, including our energy, water, and transportation systems, also fell in line with that ethos; but unlike the food system, these sectors are undertaking 21st-century upgrades that comport better with our modern norms and realities by...
Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Final Implementation Revision 4
HUD Notice H-2019-09 PIH-2019-23 (HA) provides program instructions for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), including eligibility and selection criteria.
Housing and Health: A Vision of Housing Security, Health, and OpportunityMembers only Login
This report by the Colorado Health Institute discusses how housing affects health. The affordability, stability, quality, and accessibility of housing all play a role in individuals’ and communities’ health. The connection is clear, but it’s a...
CDBG State Timely Expenditure Report - August 2019Members only Login
This August 2019 report provides data and charts to support Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) State grantees in meeting program expenditure requirements. The program is suffering historically low expenditure rates; 41 states are, on average,...
CDBG Insular Areas Timely Expenditure Report - August 2019Members only Login
This August 2019 report provides data and charts to support Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Insular Area grantees in meeting program expenditure requirements. The program is suffering historically low expenditure rates; 41 states are, on...
CDBG Hawaiian Counties Timely Expenditure Report - August 2019Members only Login
This August 2019 report provides data and charts to support Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Hawaii Non-Entitlement grantees in meeting program expenditure requirements. The program is suffering historically low expenditure rates; 41 states...
Clean Energy For Low Income Communities ToolkitMembers only Login
The Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator (CELICA) was a voluntary partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and state and local governments to lower energy bills for low-income communities.
Shared Kitchen ToolkitMembers only Login
This Toolkit is intended for everyone from kitchen entrepreneurs to startup nonprofits, from economic development agencies to producer networks, from food system groups to real estate developers. We hope this Toolkit also provides helpful guidance...
Small Business Credit Survey 2019Members only Login
The Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS), a national collaboration of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks, delivers timely information on small business financing needs, decisions, and outcomes to policymakers, lenders, and service providers. The report...
Walmart’s Monopolization of Local Grocery Markets (2018)Members only Login
In 43 metropolitan areas and 160 smaller markets, Walmart captures 50 percent or more of grocery sales, our analysis of 2018 spending data found. In 38 of these regions, Walmart’s share of the grocery market is 70 percent or more. Our findings...
Fair Food Fund 5 Year Impact ReportMembers only Login
The Fair Food Fund was designed to meet these entrepreneurs where they are and take them where they want to go. Since 2013, we have invested more than $3 million in 13 food businesses. Just as important is supporting these businesses on the road to...
Growing Food Connections: Aggregation, Processing, and DistributionMembers only Login
This brief highlights the many ways and scales at which local governments can invest in aggregation, processing, and distribution infrastructure to support local and regional food systems, from commissioning assessment studies and food hub business...
CDFA Food Finance White Paper Series: Food Systems & Bonds
Researched and written by CDFA, this is the third white paper in a series examining the potential creation of a food systems asset class that supports the market growth of local and regional food systems. This paper focuses specifically on bond...
Finance Fund Invests in Charter ManufacturingMembers only Login
New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing enabled Charter to acquire the equipment and machinery needed to operate its new, $148 million, 170,000 sq. ft. rolling mill, which is adjacent to its existing coil mill and steel making facility.
Finance Fund Invests in UC Gardner Neuroscience InstituteMembers only Login
University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute (UCGNI) is comprised of a diverse group of world-class physicians and faculty that provide specialized services for complex neurologic and psychiatric disease, illness, and injuries. Finance...
e-Connectivity at USDA: Broadband Resources for Rural America
This toolkit presents USDA programs and resources that support broadband e-Connectivity. It aims to help customers navigate the agencies within USDA to find the opportunity that best fulfills their connectivity needs. From grants and loans, to...
Health Equity: Building Capacity to Measure Health Outcomes in Community DevelopmentMembers only Login
This new report by Enterprise Community Partners and NeighborWorks America shows how an innovative pilot program – the Health Outcomes Demonstration Project – equipped 20 affordable housing and community development organizations to evaluate the...
Brownfields: Properties with New PurposeMembers only Login
EPA’s Brownfields Program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, environmental job training, technical assistance, training, and research. To facilitate the leveraging of public resources, EPA’s Brownfields...
The State of the Nation's Housing 2019
Although household growth is returning to a more normal pace, Harvard's new State of the Nation's Housing report shows that housing production still falls short of what is needed, which is keeping the pressure on house prices and rents and eroding...
Financing Native Nations: Access to Capital MarketsMembers only Login
One-third of reservation-based Native Americans fall below the poverty line, and the nations governing these reservations, unable to spur economic development, struggle to provide even the most basic services. Yet, despite their difficulty in...
Financing Native-owned BusinessMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of the Interior provides steps and answered questions about financing a tribal or native-owned business.
Access to Capital and Credit in Native CommunitiesMembers only Login
This document, “Access to Capital and Credit in Native Communities: A Data Review” (Data Review) begins to answer the questions: Where does Native America stand now in terms of capital and credit access? What has been the effect of new action and...
State Farm to School Policy Handbook 2018Members only Login
The State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018 is a tool for those working to advance the farm to school movement, whose core elements include local food procurement, school gardens, and food and agriculture education. The Handbook summarizes...
NMTC Program Award Book CY 2018Members only Login
The CDFI Fund awarded 73 community development entities $3.5 billion under the 2018 allocation round of the New Markets Tax Credits program. The recipients are located in 35 states also including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
Impact Investing in Sustainable Food and AgricultureMembers only Login
As interest in sustainable food systems and agricultural value chains grows, increasing numbers of investors are beginning to explore high-impact investing opportunities in food, farming, and forestry across asset classes.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Strategies to Support Your Local Venture Capital EcosystemMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, Lamont Price with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Teela Spiller with the Atlanta Micro Fund, and Eric Clement with the NYCEDC highlighted several...
Why the Farm Bill Matters for Greater PhiladelphiaMembers only Login
Every five years, Congress reauthorizes this sweeping piece of legislation in an effort to prevent hunger, bring fresh foods to communities lacking access, and add vibrancy and diversity to the local food system. However, funding for critical...
Franklin County, OH TIF Deal for La Plaza TapatiaMembers only Login
The first County-Township parcel TIF (tax increment financing) enacted by Franklin County for a new location and expansion of a regional ethnic grocer: La Plaza Tapatia (the Developer), in Franklin Township.
U.S. EPA Office of Community Revitalization's Strategies for Food Systems, Health, and Economic DevelopmentMembers only Login
Local Food, Local Places helps communities create walkable, healthy, economically thriving downtowns and neighborhoods through the development of local food systems.
HUD and Fostering Investment in Low-Income PlacesMembers only Login
Todd Richardson of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides an overview of HUD's housing finance programs and how they can support Opportunity Zones investments at the 2019 CDFA Federal Policy Conference.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Emerging Structures for Investing in Low-Income CommunitiesMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, John Haines with Mercy Corps Global Innovations along with Michael Schrader and Steven White with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP discussed the financing structure that supported a...
CDFA Food Finance White Paper Series: Food Systems & Access to Capital
Research and written by CDFA, this white paper is part of a series examining the potential creation of a food systems asset class which supports the market growth of local and regional food systems which meet the economic, social, environmental, and...
Supporting Healthy Food Access in NCMembers only Login
The resulting lack of access to healthy, affordable food undermines the health and well-being of children and families, and further harms communities that are already struggling economically. The report led to a series of convenings of key...
The Hatchery Chicago Fact SheetMembers only Login
The Hatchery Chicago is a non-profit food business incubator that enables local entrepreneurs to build and grow successful businesses. Accion, the area’s largest microlender, and ICNC, which runs one of the largest business incubators in the...
Overview of Federal Housing Assistance Programs and PolicyMembers only Login
Today’s federal housing assistance programs fall into three main categories: rental housing assistance, assistance to state and local governments, and assistance for homeowners. This 2019 Congressional Research Service report provides an overview of...
An Overview of Federal Regional Commissions and AuthoritiesMembers only Login
This Congressional Research Service (CRS) In Focus outlines the structure, activities, and recent funding, for each Federal Regional Commission or Authority.
NMTC Investors Show Appetite For Healthy Food Financing ActivitiesMembers only Login
Public and private partners are finding ways to serve more healthy food options to economically distressed communities with a few helpings of new markets tax credits (NMTCs).
Opportunities to Use Assessment Districts to Finance Facilities and Services in CaliforniaMembers only Login
This report from the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (CDIAC) seeks to inform local agencies as well as others in the public finance community about the opportunities for using assessments within the constraints imposed by recent...
CDFA Food Finance White Paper Series: Food Systems & Development Finance
Many food-related initiatives, projects, and businesses have lacked sufficient resources and financing for economic and community development, largely because the food system as a whole has not been formally defined as an asset class. As the first...
HUD Programs for Housing FinanceMembers only Login
Don Billingsley with HUD, focuses on the financing programs and tools available from federal agencies for housing production and support.
The Community Reinvestment Act Lending Data HighlightsMembers only Login
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on Modernizing the Community Reinvestment Regulatory Framework. This study uses 2016 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data and the CRA files from...
Project Spotlight: Artists for HumanityMembers only Login
Laura Canter and Patricia Sluder with MassDevelopment present on the NMTC deal that supported the Artists for Humanity non-profit.
Innovations in Tax Increment FinanceMembers only Login
Alan Ferguson with InvestAtlanta presents on the Community Builders Program supported by TIF funding.
Financing Hospitals and Health Care Facilities in Underserved Communities - MAMembers only Login
Naomi Baruch and Robert Seega from MassDevelopment present several case studies and strategies for financing hospitals and healthcare facilities in Massachusetts.
Leveraging Multiple Federal Programs - USDAMembers only Login
Joseph Ben Israel with the U.S. Department of Agriculture presents on the Community Facilities Loan Program.
Financing Hospitals and Health Care Facilities in Underserved Communities - WIMembers only Login
Dennis Reilly with the Wisconsin Health & Educational Facilities Authority (WHEFA) presents on the financing programs they offer and several case studies of Hospitals they have assisted through bond financing.
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