In this issue:

RCIF partners with RCAC to invest in a sustainable future for rural communities

Oakland, Calif. – In 2008, collapsing home values addled Americans across the nation, bankers were drawing scrutiny and the stock market was collapsing. It was difficult to understand the cause and to know where to keep one’s investments safe. Read more

RCAC Loan Fund lends nearly $8 million to rural communities

West Sacramento, Calif. – In the quarter ending June 30, 2017, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) closed 14 loans totaling nearly $8 million to assist rural communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Among those that received loans were a nonprofit organization that supports Arizona migrant workers and a rural Nevada food hub. Read more

Poll reveals strong support for large affordable housing bond

Amid Californian’s mounting concern over rising homelessness and out-of-reach rents, California State Treasurer John Chiang and a coalition of affordable housing advocates released the results of a new poll, which shows strong voter support for a $6-9 billion statewide affordable housing bond in 2018. Read more

Grant opportunity

The Laura Jane Musser Fund through the Rural Initiative, encourages collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions. Program planning grants up to $5,000 and program implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. Applications will be accepted from Oct. 2 – Nov. 2, 2017. Complete guidelines available here

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Taller de la Operación y Mantenimiento de Pozos Privados

Propietarios de pozos privados: ¿Cuándo fue la última vez que tuvo su pozo analizado? Usted quisiera aprender más sobre la protección de su agua sub-terránea y los problemas que pueden afectar el agua potable? ¿Está tenien-do problemas con su sistema de pozo?.

26 de agosto, 2017 – 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Porterville
840 South Jaye Street
Porterville, CA 93257
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502 Direct Loan Packaging Training

This three-day advanced course will cover USDA Rural Development’s (RD) Section 502 direct loan program and provide invaluable insight as to how this homeownership financing resource can be used in your communities. Learn how your organization can assist potential borrowers and work in partnership with RD staff in your state to deliver successful Section 502 loan packages.

Sept. 12, 2017 – Sept. 14, 2017 | 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Hyatt Centric The Pike Long Beach
285 Bay Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
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Chief Executive Officer: Stanley Keasling
Managing Editor: Sharon Wills

3120 Freeboard Drive, Suite 201
West Sacramento, CA 95691

Network News is funded by: RCAC’s Loan Fund and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

For further information on RCAC’s services or additional office locations, visit or call (916) 447-2854.

RCAC is the western RCAP partner.