Agriculture companies in California and elsewhere are not obligated to house employees, nor is much state or federal money set aside for farmworker housing. In Salinas Valley, which is the fifth least affordable place to live in the United States, one company may be bucking the trend.
RCAC was awarded more than $1.1 million this week from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Compass program. RCAC will use the funds to provide technical support to HUD customers to navigate complex housing and community development challenges, and to equip them with the knowledge, skills, tools, capacity and systems to implement HUD programs.
RCAC recently received the Rural Housing Champion Award for its work in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Mutual Self-Help Housing Program.
If there is one thing John Mealey would tell younger people who want to work in the helping and housing fields, it is to keep their real boss—the people they serve—in mind.
Rural Community Assistance Corporation received a $40,000 operating support grant from U.S. Bank. This funding supports RCAC’s work across multiple programs in rural California, including affordable housing and economic development services.