Policy Advocacy

SFCDC represents our members by advocating to preserve and expand funding for community development, to use resources for community development effectively, and to implement sound community development policy.  Each year, our members select the top advocacy objectives for the year, and we strive to achieve these objectives through local, state, and federal advocacy.

Advocacy Objectives 2011

  • Ensure the proper use of public funds intended for local community development.
  • Advocate for further resources for affordable housing.
  • Work with officials and staff to improve the delivery of community development programs by Miami-Dade County.

Local Policy Issues

Miami-Dade County administers federal and state funding programs, as well as its own Affordable Housing Surtax Program, to support community development.  SFCDC is tracking the flow of funds from federal and state sources, through the County, and to the agencies who implement the funds in communities, including County departments and independent community development organizations.  We are also a resource in improving communication between the County and recipients of County grants.

State Policy Issues

In the state of Florida, the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund, created in 1991, is a dedicated revenue source for affordable housing programs, including construction, homebuyer education, and housing rehabilitation for the low-income elderly.  Approximately 70% of the funds are distributed by local governments under the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP).  SFCDC works with partners, including the Florida Housing Coalition and the Florida Alliance of CDCs (FLACDC), to ensure that money intended for affordable housing is spent on affordable housing.

Federal Issues

At the federal level, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers several funding programs, including Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and Housing Counseling funds, to support community development activities.  SFCDC works with partners, including the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA), and the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), to advocate for continued funding of these programs.

For information on any of these activities, please contact Shekeria Brown at .