RCAC’s Housing and Community Conference

By Bruce Newman, RCAC rural development specialist

RCAC’s Housing and Community Conference is just around the corner – have you registered yet? Read more>>

Policy update

By Stan Keasling, RCAC chief executive officer

President Obama released his latest budget in March and not unexpectedly, it is extremely disappointing. Self-Help funding is set at $10 million and the administration is only requesting $300 million in Section 502 direct loans. Read more>>

A toast to you and National Rural Housing Coalition

By Joni Foster, RCAC Housing and Community director

“Housers” have been through a tough five years where it seems like everyone and everything is against affordable housing development. In February, we exhaled a collective sigh of relief and toast the first political victory in a long time. Read more>>

OMB changes coming!

By Judy Monteux, RCAC rural development specialist

On Dec. 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published uniform administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements for federal awards. This is the culmination of a two-year effort on the part of the OMB and the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) to “rethink and reform the rules that govern the stewardship of federal dollars.” Read more>>

Dear Sher,

I have been a Construction Superintendent for years but just recently got hired on as a Mutual Self-Help Housing Construction Supervisor. What is one thing you would advise against? Read more>>

SHARES tidbits

By Nancy Jacobsen, RCAC rural development specialist

New updates are being entered into the SHARES program behind the scenes so you may notice some changes. National Rural Development’s consultant is working diligently on correcting issues/concerns you report. Read more>>


2013 Income Limits Published

The 2014 Income Limits for the Single Family Direct 502 Loan Program were published in February. See your areas income limits here: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HSF-Direct_Income_Limits.html

Self-Help Enterprises (SHE) successor

In December 2013, Peter Carey, SHE’s president and chief executive officer, announced his retirement after 40 years with the organization. Peter’s successor effective July 1 will be Tom Collishaw, SHE’s vice president and director of development. Tom has 32 years of service with SHE and since 1993 has been directly responsible for all land and project development activity. Tom also serves on the boards of the National Rural Housing Coalition and California Community Reinvestment Corporation. Congratulations Peter on your retirement and Tom on your new position!

RCAC’s Self-Help Builder News is funded by USDA Rural Development

The newsletter is published quarterly for the western region self-help network at no cost to subscribers. We encourage correspondence and contributions.

Stanley Keasling, Chief Executive Officer

Angela Sisco, Executive Editor

Sharon Wills, Managing Editor

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