Council of State Community Development Agencies

COSCDA is the premier national association advocating and enhancing the leadership role of states in community development through innovative policy development and implementation, customer-driven technical assistance, education, and collaborative efforts.

A Message from the President:

Hello my name is Deborah Johnson,

I am the Director of the Office of Community Development at the State of Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. I am honored to serve as the Council of State Community Development Agencies President for the next year. I have been involved with COSCDA for over 20 years and a board member for ten. From the very first Program Managers meeting I attended I knew that Maine would always value our membership. I came away from that training with new perspectives about the HUD programs we deliver and a real sense of community with all the other States.

I have to say that even back then I was amazed how the senior HUD staff valued COSCDA and its members who deliver their programs with such dedication and professionalism. That relationship has only grown stronger and COSCDA and its members have a real impact and influence with HUD as they develop policies and procedures. Maine would not have that same access or voice alone. COSCDA gives us that voice. Your continued engagement and support makes COSCDA successful and we are committed to serving you and doing everything we can to support your important work.

This website and the resources within are just a part of that support. COSCDA is always listening to your feedback and augmenting those resources as needed. As your President I look forward to building on the relationships I already have and forging new ones.

Thank you,

Deborah Johnson
COSCDA President

Training Conferences and Events

Virtual Crosscutting Compliance Training Registration

Monday, October 25 thru Thursday, October 28, 2021
Due to the overwhelming response to the initial training, COSCDA is hosting an additional Crosscutting Compliance Training
For Additional Information and to Register Click here
October 25 thru October 28, 2021 compliance training (All series)
October 25, 2021 Environmental review
October 26, 2021 acquisition and relocation
October 27, 2021 Labor standards
October 28, 2021 fair housing and equal opportunity (including 24 cfr part 75)

Training & Resources

COSCDA Training Academy

State Profiles



Additional Resources

CDBG Boot Camp Manual for Purchase

Federal Appropriations Chart

State Homelessness Program Toolkit