Building dreams for 50 years

USDA Rural Development Section 523 Mutual Self-Help Housing program will celebrate 50 years and 50,000 houses built in fiscal year 2015. Save the date! National Self-Help Housing Conference: San Antonio, Texas: July 21 – 23, 2015 – Stay tuned for updates!

Policy update

A Commercial for the National Rural Housing Coalition

By Stan Keasling, RCAC chief executive officer

During the past year, you’ve received National Rural Housing Coalition (NRHC) Action Alerts and have signed onto a number of online petitions. We really appreciate your support and hope you’ve learned more about the work NRHC does to promote USDA Rural Housing programs in Congress … Read more >>

Super energy efficient, super cool! Self-help goes net-zero in Montana

By Dick Kempke, RCAC Housing and Community Homeownership Options manager

The National Affordable Housing Network (NAHN) is building space efficient, super insulated homes that perform remarkably well in Montana’s serious winter weather… Read more >>

High five to Washington

By Billie Heath RCAC Rural Development Specialist

Washington takes a pat on the back to a whole new level with the “High Five Award!” The always creative and supportive staff at the USDA Rural Development (RD) office in Washington took advantage of their time and funding to organize a day and a half statewide meeting that included RD staff, RCAC staff and Self-Help housing grantee staff from throughout the state, and representatives from the Housing Assistance Council and Community Frameworks. Read more >>

Dear Sher,

I used to receive the Self-Help Builder Newsletter by email and now I don’t. I can only find it by chance at the RCAC website; what happened? I want my news back! Sincerely, Bummed about being left out – Read what Sher has to say >>


RCAC lowers interest rates by 0.5%

In an ongoing effort to serve communities and nonprofit affordable housing developers, effective immediately, RCAC’s Loan Fund has reduced short-term interest rates by 0.5 percent. New rates are 5 percent for a two-year loan, 5.25 percent for a three-year loan. In addition, for all new loans committed before Jan. 31, 2015, we will further reduce the rate by another 0.25 percent for the first 18 months of the loan.

For more information contact Michael Carroll – director, Lending & Housing at or call (916) 447-2854 ext. 1003.

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

Editorial office, West Sacramento, CA (916) 447-2854