The Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA) is a forty eight-year-old advocacy organization that represents state community development housing agencies responsible for administering Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program (both formula based and the Disaster Recovery) the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance programs along with the National Housing Trust Fund; all programs that meet critical housing and community development needs and have played a major role in the successful transformation of both urban and rural communities in all fifty states since their inception.
Since its inception, COSCDA has advocated a state and federal government partnership in the administration of community development programs. It is COSCDA’s foundational premise that a collaborative approach between states, local and the federal government is vital to the effective administration of these core infrastructure programs and ultimately to the vitality of communities across this nation. COSCDA members are united behind the premise that there must be a balance that protects traditional state authority, allowing states to continue focusing on state-driven priorities and maintaining maximum flexibility to meet the needs of cities and towns large and small in every state. It continues to be documented that this threefold partnership (state, local and federal) has resulted in stronger communities.
For Fiscal Year 2023, COSCDA strongly urges Congress and the Administration to implement the recommendations listed below to enhance the effective administration of these core community development tools while safeguarding the most vulnerable citizens in states across this nation.