In this issue:

Women find opportunity, hope in self-help housing program

Nibley, Utah – Sometime during the 10 or so months it took Veronica Cabrera to build her family home here in northern Utah, she began to feel a persistent, dull ache all over her left side. She chalked it up to perhaps sleeping poorly, or else the strenuous labor, particularly during the winter months, when she was building her self-help home.

Her doctor, however, had graver news for her: Cabrera was suffering from a rare and chronic neurological disorder called “trigemina neuralgia”. Read more >>

California budget takes steps to address state’s drinking water crisis

Advocates say they will continue to push for sustainable statewide funding source including SB 623 (Monning)

Sacramento, Calif. – Water justice advocates and environmental, health, rural and equity organizations thank the California Legislature for including emergency drinking water funds in the 2017-18 state budget to continue to chip away at California’s drinking water crisis. Read more >>

American Express Center for Community Development awards grant to RCAC

West Sacramento, Calif. – The American Express Center for Community Development has awarded a $40,000 grant to RCAC to support the Building Rural Economies Entrepreneurial Leadership Program in San Juan County, Utah. Read more >>

Families break ground on self-help housing neighborhood in Hawaii

Families celebrated the first step to affordable homeownership during a ground breaking ceremony for the Pokai Bay Self-Help Housing Project in Waianae, Hawaii.

Low-income families participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Self-Help Housing Program will build their own homes on construction teams, also assisting their neighbors to build homes. Read more >>

Affordable Housing, Environmental Infrastructure, Community Facilities and Small Business Loans Available

Are you looking for financing options for affordable housing, environmental infrastructure, community facilities or a small business? Our Loan Fund is a financial resource for rural communities, providing gap financing, acquisition financing and other loans that conventional markets traditionally neglect. Find out more here >>

HAC seeks executive director

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) seeks an executive director who will be passionate about leading and advancing the organization’s mission, provide sound fiscal management, and sustain positive relationships with the board of directors, staff, partners, and other stakeholders. For the job description and application visit HAC’s website >>

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Finance Workshops

Does your community need funding for a water and/or wastewater project? Do you need assistance in moving your project forward? These workshops are your opportunity to meet state and federal agency staff and organizations, learn from peers about challenges and successes and resources to further support your project.

This year we will feature an overview of sustainable and effective utility management for small systems and topic specific training sessions on project development and finance, asset management, rates and public education. Meet state and federal agency staff, and learn about challenges, successes and available resources from your peers.

We are offering this workshop in Ontario and Silverton, Oregon.

July 18, 2017 – Ontario, OR
Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum
676 SW 5th Ave. • Ontario, OR 97914
Register here >>

July 20, 2017 – Silverton, OR
Oregon Garden Resort & Spa
879 W Main St • Silverton, OR 97381
Register here >>

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