In this issue:

Policy update

As we have reported, Rural Development (RD) has announced a pilot to use the “banded” method to determine low- and very low income status in 23 states and territories across the country. Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington are the six western states where this pilot will be tested for the next two years. Read More >>

Complying with Rural Development LED Implementation Strategy

If you were fortunate enough to attend one of the webinars U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development hosted you heard that one of the misconceptions of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) persons is that they are racially or ethnically diverse. However, it surprised me to find out that LEP persons are actually defined as individuals who not only do not speak English as their primary language, but they also must have a limited ability to read, write or understand English. Read more >>

Dear Sher,

In this issue, Sher guides “Significantly Cautious” through questions about the addition of “significant delinquencies” and submitting a potentially good package. She also helps “Grossed up and confused” understand when and how to use” grossing up”. Read how >>

The self-help spotlight website: use it for all it’s worth

The self-help housing spotlight website was created in 2011 as a regional website meant to showcase economic impact. During the 50years/50khomes campaign in 2015 the website was redesigned and became a national website with two purposes: to connect organizations across the country and to expand the online presence of the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program. Read how your organization can add or update its profile >>

Upcoming events

RCAC offers Section 502 Packaging Certification Training for Nonprofit Housing Developers

Please join us in Salt Lake City!

Monday, September 26, 9:00AM – Wednesday, September 28, 4:00PM
Little America Hotel, 500 Main St., Salt Lake City, UT 84101

This three-day advanced course covers USDA Rural Development’s Section 502 Direct Loan Program and provides invaluable insight as to how this homeownership financing resource can be utilized. Learn how to assist potential borrowers and work in partnership with Rural Development staff, as well as other nonprofit organizations and regional intermediaries to deliver successful Section 502 loan packages.

Download the flyer for more information.

For online registration, go here.

Save the date – The Housing Assistance Council’s Rural Housing Conference

*Washington, DC*
*Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2016*
Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th St. NW

The conference will feature a track on self-help housing this year! For more information »

National Rural Self-Help Housing Association Annual Membership Meeting

The National Rural Self-Help Housing Association will hold its annual membership meeting *November 29 *at the Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel in Washington D.C. immediately before the HAC Rural Housing Conference.

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

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