NACEDA’s Frank Woodruff Reminds Us We Are Stronger Together
National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) Executive Director Frank Woodruff spoke at the July 13th Congressional Reception about the importance of housing and his support for No Housing Cuts.
“The federal government has a way of dividing us into categories that make no difference to the people that we serve. Who here is in this room is here because they have a role in building places and improving people’s lives?”
“Thank you for reminding me and each other that there is so much more than we can do together than apart. And there is a lot more that brings us together than divides us. I want to wish you the best today as you deliver that message to the decision makers that walk through that door.”
Said Frank Woodruff, Executive Director of NACEDA.Over 350 advocates traveled to Washington, DC to meet with the New Jersey Congressional delegates and let them know that there should be No Housing Cuts and the need for investments for housing and homelessness prevention.
Advocates urged legislators to oppose spending cuts to programs that reduce access to affordable homes for NJ residents.
Frank Woodrurff explained that NACEDA’s mission is to lead the community development field and its partners in shaping and influencing strategies that advance community prosperity.
NACEDA’s theory of change is that a stronger, more unified community development field will lead to stronger, healthier, more prosperous communities for those who live there and that neighborhoods thrive where there are strong networks of community actors. Our members embody those networks.
NACEDA believes that successful community economic development:
- Begins in many different places depending on a community’s history and context ? the key is to start!
- Is rooted in the themes of social justice while remaining culturally, ethnically, and racially relevant
- Emphasizes a comprehensive role of place, drawing on all parts of a community
- Requires long-term commitment
- Attracts private investment
- Engages local institutions and residents that lead and own local change
- Builds and supports the voices of local leaders who understand both the needs and assets in their communities and have the wisdom to create local, regional, state and national policy solutions.
- Across the United States, community development corporations (CDCs) provide the expertise, experience, and practical tools that get this work done.
The video was taken by Jay Everett of Monarch Housing.
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