In this issue:

Agua4All program expands to schools and Tribes across California

More than one million Californians lack access to safe drinking water, a startling statistic in a state with the fifth largest economy in the world. For these Californians-of which one in three is Hispanic and nearly half are adults diagnosed as pre-diabetic-the only alternatives to unsafe water are expensive bottled water or sugary drinks. Read more

Second Tribal Housing Excellence Academy cohort graduates

Not long ago, the Hualapai Tribe in northwest Arizona was faced with a waiting list of 84 families that needed homes. The list had been in the making for five years and due to a reduction in Indian Housing Block Grant funds, housing development on the Hualapai Reservation had stalled. Read more

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Join our passionate team and make a difference in rural communities throughout the West! We work in diverse and low-income communities to increase access to affordable housing and safe drinking water, promote economic opportunity and job creation, and provide financing for community and economic development projects. We have several positions currently open in the western United States. Read about our job opportunities here

Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s Loan Fund celebrates 30 years

RCAC created the Loan Fund in 1988 with an initial $1 million investment from the Ford Foundation. An additional $1 million loan (later converted to a grant) from Bank of America boosted lending capital. The Loan Fund was later certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), and currently has an Aeris rating of 4 Stars AA plus Policy Plus. Read more

Conference and Workshop Calendar

502 Packaging Certification Training

August 28 – 30 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Embassy Suites
100 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, California 95814

Call (916) 326-5000 and ask for the RCAC 502 Training discount rate. Early Bird registration discount ends Aug. 3.

This three-day advanced course will cover USDA Rural Development’s (RD) Section 502 direct loan program and provide invaluable insight as to how this homeownership financing resource can be used in your communities.

Participants who attend this three-day training and pass the online exam will be better equipped to package 502 loan applications on behalf of parties seeking USDA RD assistance. The course is also excellent for Mutual Self-Help Housing grantees who want to build their skills in packaging loans for participating households. More information and registration.

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Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke

Managing Editor: Sharon Wills

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