|Restructuring assistance programs - another take||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dahako (Dahakoaol.com)|
|Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 19:31:38 -0500|
Hi all - I used to write the regs for the CDBG program, and have substantial experience with the HOME and Section 108 loan guarantee programs too. They would need very little restructuring, if any, to work with cohousing, so long as a reasonable number of low-income folks are served (percentage and counting method varies by program). The big IF with these funds is IF you can convince your local or state government to budget some for you. The local budget competition is fierce in most places. And messing with the low-income focus of the programs would be extremely hotly contested by established public interest groups. In my opinion, a good federal legislative route to take might be to establish a pilot or demonstration or special project administered by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (used to nonprofits and have access to private funds and run awesome training courses), the National Community Development Initiative (strong emphasis on low-income folks and nonprofit capacity, access to government and private funds), or HUD (little natural access to private funds, bureaucracy may channel nascent organization rather than letting it find its own way). There are some other organizations out there that may also be useful. I strongly recommend picking someplace smallish. In North Carolina, Rep David Price is very interested in housing issues and is on the relevant appropriations committee in the House. I might have some conflict of interest issues if I approach him, but there are plenty of other NC folks who could. He is currently trying to help Self-Help Credit Union set up a secondary market pilot. (Which reminds me that Community Development Loan Funds, or the National Association thereof, might also be a useful resource for cohousers.) Jessie Handforth Kome Eno Commons Cohousing Durham, NC Where we've got most of our infrastructure in, wax myrtles planted at the entrance and room for a few more good neighbors.
Restructuring assistance programs - another take Dahako, September 3 1997
- Re: Restructuring assistance programs - another take Alan Carpenter, September 8 1997
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