Representatives from CDFIs across the country are in Washington, DC today as part of OFN's annual Advocacy Day telling their #CDFIStory on Capitol Hill to garner continued support from policymakers.
OFN's annual Advocacy Day is the largest event focused on advocacy from community development financial institutions (CDFIs). These mission-driven organizations deliver capital and financial services where it can have the most impact, driving job creation and contributing to our nation's economic vitality. OFN, the leading national network of CDFIs, works with legislators to garner support for federal policies that create jobs; spark small business growth; deliver quality, affordable housing; and create community facilities, including charter schools and healthcare centers.
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Attendees from Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, Homewise, and Midwest Housing Development Fund joined OFN President and CEO Mark Pinsky for a meeting with Rep. Tom Cole to discuss affordable housing, technical assistance for small businesses, and driving capital where it can have the most impact in Native communities.
Jonathan Harwitz from Low Income Investment Fund underscored the importance of federal funding to Rep. Juan Vargas, "We can't do housing without CDFI Fund support." A representative from CDC Small Business Finance discussed job creation impact through the SBA Community Advantage Program.
OFN Members and staff meet with Rep John Carney (D-DE).
OFN Members meet with William Washington, Caseworker/Events Assistant and Lauren Dudley, Legislative Council to Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)