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August Congressional Recess Advocacy Guide Highlights Key Affordable Housing and Community Development Issues

(from Enterprise Community Partners) The congressional recess provides an opportunity to show members of Congress returning to their home states and districts what kind of impact affordable housing and community development programs like the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and NMTC have had in their communities. There are currently several pieces of legislation that impact these programs that advocates should be prepared to discuss with members and their staff to increase their odds of passage when Congress returns.

Nominations Open for NACEDA Diane Sterner Award

Do you know a community development association leader who displays exceptional leadership and commitment to building prosperous communities? Nominate him or her for the Diane Sterner Award for Community Development Association Leadership. The award is named for NACEDA co-founder Diane Sterner, who led the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey for 23 years.

New Reports Demonstrate Local Impacts of Affordable Housing Crisis in Orange, Fresno, San Mateo and San Francisco Counties

The California Housing Partnership released four new county housing need reports providing evidence of the failure of California's private housing market to provide an adequate number of homes affordable to low- and moderate-income households. The reports for Orange, Fresno, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties supplement five county reports released in May of this year, as well as the statewide housing need report released in February.

Rushmore Cervantes Named Permanent General Manager of HCIDLA

Rushmore Cervantes, has been appointed as the Permanent General Manager of the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) by the City Council (see link here).

Employers wanted for Internship Program

The Real Estate Department of Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA is seeking employers for their Work Experience Program for the fall and spring semesters. Students work 10 to 20 hours a week as unpaid interns  for academic credits. This is an opportunity to get help with your special projects as well as develop potential employees.

Contact Carmen Hill, Adjunct Professor, Real Estate Department, chill@cerritos.edu  Office # 323-291-2100.

Governor Brown appoints Directors for Department of Housing and Community Development and California Housing Finance Agency

Today, Governor Brown appointed Claudia Cappio as the Executive Director of HCD. Additionally, Governor Brown appointed Tia Boatman Pattersonto assume the role of Executive Director at CalHFA. For the past 18 months, Ms.

Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention (VHHP) Program Stakeholder Meetings

Proposition 41 which authorized the issuance of $600 million in General Obligation Bonds to fund the acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of affordable multifamily supportive housing, affordable transitional housing, affordable rental housing, or related homeless and low-income veterans and their families was overwhelmingly approved by voters on June 3rd.

Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles NOFA Round 20 Bulletin

The Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles released a bulletin to inform the community of the preliminary program criteria for NOFA Round 20, to be issued by the Community Development Commission in September 2014.

The Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles and the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles will provide capital funding and Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers for the creation of permanent rental housing units serving Special Needs populations within Special Needs and Mixed-Population projects.


Here's a program that nonprofit housing developers can utilize and save on central water heating costs. Central water heaters no longer need to work 24 hours a day full blast!

The Southern California Gas Company On Demand Efficiency Program has fully funded the Enovative Group's Demand Controller System saving multi family property owners between 15%-30% on water heating costs.

Enovative’s proprietary technology recognizes demand for hot water through sensors which trigger the circulation pump while maintaining pre set water temperature target levels.

Los Angeles County Considering PSH For Inmates and Arrestees

Los Angeles County is considering funding permanent supportive housing as part of a comprehensive diverson program for inmates and arrestees. The County Board of Supervisors' is considering on whether to and how to rebuild the County Men's Central Jail.  The plan they are considering would largely provide beds and treatment for inmates facing mental illness and addictions.


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