John Mealey–a lifetime of achievements in affordable housing

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. Read more


After the fire, a slow reimagining and rebuilding

Middletown lost around 140 homes and businesses and according to Cal Fire 1,958 structures were destroyed including: 1,280 homes, 27 multi-family structures, 66 commercial properties, and 585 other minor structures. Read more 


Idyllic farmers markets, despite good intentions, leave farmers disillusioned and yearning for reinvention

“It’s probably best for most small farmers to consider a transitional period where outside income supplements farm income.”–Jason Wehmhoener Read more


RCAC approved as an Accredited Provider of IACET CEUs

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) awarded accreditation status to Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC). IACET Accredited Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Full release


Family Spotlight-Kieran & Bonnie Buhler

We heard about the Self-Help program through a string of incidents that can only be described as divine intervention. The minute we heard about it we knew it was for us and we started the application the next day. We were so excited and quickly told everyone. We took the packet of house plans everywhere we went so that we could show anyone who asked and shared our excitement openly. Read more


 Innovative CDFI Partnership

In October 2013, RCAC and Native Home Capital (NHC) launched a three-year initiative- Tribal Housing Excellence Academy (THE Academy) to increase the variety and volume of housing on Tribal lands.

For more information on THE Academy and this innovative partnership: read more


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