Community Capacity Building
February 12, 2015
9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
North Raleigh Hilton, Raleigh, NC
Members Present: I. Azell Reeves (Chairperson), Jim Swain and Adonis Brown
Members Absent: Anna Cunningham, Nessie Siler, Amanda Bergen, David White, Representative Verla Insko and Kerri Eaker
Guests: Beverly Colwell and Dreama McCoy (for Bill Hussey, NC Dept. of Public Instruction, appointment pending), Michael Roush (National Disability Institute), and Donna Gallagher (The Collaborative)
Staff/Contractors: Shayna Simpson-Hall, Karen Hamilton (NC ADA Network), and Yadira Vasquez
Welcome: Chairperson I. Azell Reeves welcomed all members.
Approval of Minutes: Chairperson I. Azell Reeves asked for approval of the November 20, 2014 Minutes. Due to not having a quorum, the committee elected to make all discussions based upon consensus. A recommendation by consensus was made to accept the minutes as presented.
Authority to Fund NC ADA Network Fiscal Agent
Shayna Simpson-Hall provided the group with an update on the NC ADA Network Fiscal Agent Request for Applications (RFA). The RFA was released on November 26, 2014 with an application due date of January 8, 2015. The Council received only one application. This one application was from the Alliance of Disability Advocates. The application was evaluated by three external evaluators. Shayna then reviewed the objective and activities of the initiative along with a brief overview of its focus. She stated the following:
Objective: Council will fund training, consultation and technical assistance for individuals to affect policies and practices that support integration, productivity, independence, and inclusion for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families.
Activities: Allocate funding to support citizen action for voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Need: A non-profit fiscal agent/intermediary is needed to distribute funds (cash advancements, small ADA project reimbursements and travel reimbursements) to people with disabilities and grassroots groups led by people with disabilities involved in the NC ADA Network Project. Most of these individuals and small grassroots groups (including self-advocacy groups) do not have the funds or capacity to apply for funds to conduct ADA projects and activities in any other way.
Shayna also mentioned that the contract will be for $35,000 with $5,000 used for administrative expenses with a required $11,700 match.
Authority to Fund
Adonis Brown made the recommendation by consensus to grant NCCDD staff authority to fund the Alliance of Disability Advocates, a state independent living center, to be selected for the NCCDD “ADA Network Fiscal Agent Initiative.” The recommendation included approval of funding for up to $35,000, with required minimum of 25% non-federal matching funds, for twelve (12) months from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 for year one of up to three.
Karen Hamilton – the NC ADA Network Coordinator
Karen gave the committee the following update on activities of the NC ADA Network as they continue to work to increase compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in communities across North Carolina. Counties served (2014):
NC ADA Network – Local Projects and Outcomes:
Over the past 12 months, grassroots groups, led by people with disabilities, conducted local ADA projects addressing:
Major outcomes (to date) resulting from these ADA Projects:
Approval for Continuation Funding
Adonis Brown made the recommendation by consensus for the continuation funding for the In-House NC ADA Network Initiative for the period of July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016 for an amount up to $60,000 with match requirement waived.
Michael Roush, Project Manager, National Disability Institute (NDI), Upward to Financial Stability
Overview - New staff member has joined the project
Communications and Marketing Plan developed
Advisory Committee has convened
Hosted first webinar
First quarterly report submitted
Work plan updated
Project deliverables are on schedule
Increase awareness, understanding, and utilization of an array of asset development strategies through collaboration with both asset building partners and disability organizations to benefit job seekers with disabilities.
- North Carolina Assets Alliance release of the 2015 Assets and Opportunity Scorecard
- Business Resource Alliance Meeting
Increase blending and braiding of resources, both public and private that connects employment goals with strategies to advance economic self-sufficiency for the target audience.
Build core competencies of staff from disability organizations (to include educational institutions) to integrate asset development strategies into delivery of services.
Provide training and technical assistance at state and selected regional levels to providers, financial institutions, and other stakeholders to meet or exceed proposed outcome indicators.
Opportunities Moving Forward:
Donna Gallagher, with The Collaborative, a partner with NDI on this initiative, gave a presentation on the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) Report. She mentioned that for 20 years, CFED published the Development Report Card for the States (DRC) with the philosophy that people drive economies – they are both the catalyst for innovation as well as the reason we seek economic growth. States should promote profitable commerce by putting their people first. It grades states on the health of their economy on three key dimensions:
Donna stated that North Carolina scored 41 on the Overall Outcome and 14 on policy. The Scorecard assesses states on the financial security and economic opportunity of households on 67 outcome measures. On 55 of the 67 measures, states are compared to each other and ranked. Measures in each issue area are averaged, ranked and graded. To calculate a state’s overall outcome rank, the state’s ranks for each individual outcome are averaged to generate an overall score. The lower the overall score, the better the state's overall performance in the Scorecard. The overall score for the states is then ranked from 1 to 51. Individual issue area outcome ranks are calculated using roughly the same methodology as overall ranks – individual measure ranks are summed and averaged within the issue area to generate an score for that issue area, upon which the states are ranked. She also shared NC scores as follows in the following areas:
OUTCOME RANKING - Financial Assets & Income 35
POLICY RANKING - Financial Assets & Income 8
OUTCOME RANKING - Businesses & Jobs 43
POLICY RANKING - Businesses & Jobs 23
OUTCOME RANKING - Housing & Homeownership 37
POLICY RANKING - Housing & Homeownership 3
OUTCOME RANKING Health Care 48
POLICY RANKING - Health Care 39
OUTCOME RANKING Education 31
POLICY RANKING - Education 13
The Council’s Business Officer, Yadira Vasquez, provided an update to the Community Capacity Building Committee of the current budget report and expenses by committee and the status of the three federal fiscal years.
Wrap Up and Reminders
Chairperson I. Azell Reeves reminded members to submit their financial forms. She asked that if members are interested, to please respond promptly when they receive notification from Cora about upcoming conferences or other events.
Chairperson I. Azell Reeves asked if everyone was in consensus to adjourn the meeting and the meeting was adjourned at 12:25 p.m.