In this issue:

Our Building Rural Economies training helped bring change to Lewistown, Montana

Learn more about the program and watch the video:

BRE, Lewistown, MT

CCRH and RCAC release report on California Tribal housing needs and opportunities

The report, “California Tribal Housing Needs and Opportunities: A Vision Forward” is the most comprehensive study conducted on housing and housing-related infrastructure in Indian Country in California.

According to the study, about 216,000 Californians identify as American Indian only—nearly 11 percent of the total American Indian population in the U.S.—and the largest of any state. Also one-fifth of all federally-recognized tribes, nationwide, are located in California.

The California Coalition for Rural Housing and Rural Community Assistance Corporation conducted the study from 2015 to 2019 using a variety of data collection methods. Its purpose is to examine the current housing and living conditions for California’s Tribal communities and help to create a plan for the state to improve these conditions moving forward. Download report >>

RCAC Loan Fund lends more than $24 million to rural communities

West Sacramento, Calif. — In the quarter ending June 30, 2019, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) closed 18 loans totaling $24.7 million to support rural communities in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In California, one loan helped a rural community water district finance water meter installations. Another loan helped a rural Oregon community combine and redevelop its city hall and library. Read more >>

Looking for a new and exciting career path?

We asked our staff what they like about working for RCAC. Here’s what they said: it’s like a family, we are able to do what we love and we work hand-in-hand with people to help them achieve their goals. Watch the video and apply here >>

Community development loans available to Tribes, Tribal entities and individuals in Arizona and New Mexico

RCAC’s Loan Fund has low interest, long- and short-term loans available for Tribes, Tribal communities and individual Native Americans in Arizona and New Mexico for small business, housing and community facility projects. Eligible projects include: energy efficient affordable housing, infrastructure, community facilities, Native owned small businesses, sustainable agriculture, nonprofit organizations working in Indian County or with Native populations, and other mission driven social enterprises. Read more >>

Conference and Workshop Highlights

Private well and septic systems O&M

September 3 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Murphy Commons Apartments
1290 Notre Dame Blvd.
Chico, California 95928

This FREE workshop will cover proper operation and maintenance of septic systems and drinking water wells, common septic and well troubleshooting, preventive maintenance and solutions and groundwater protection. This workshop is for private well and septic system owners. Participants will get a free water quality test for nitrate.

Register here >>

Sewer lagoon O&M, regulations, system upgrades and energy solutions training

September 4 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Platteville Community Center
508 Reynolds Ave.
Platteville, Colorado 80651

This FREE training will focus on sewage lagoons systems operations and maintenance, possible system issues, and the regulations driving many systems to consider upgrading to mechanical treatment processes. Guest speakers are included.

Register here >>

Network News, published monthly, is a compilation of timely news, announcements and accomplishments produced for the rural development world at no cost to subscribers. We encourage correspondence and welcome contributions. Subscribe here

Chief Executive Officer: Stanley Keasling
Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke
Managing Editor: Sharon Wills

Network News is funded by: RCAC’s Loan Fund and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

RCAC is the western RCAP partner.