In this issue:

Wildflower Boutique Motel: One-of-a-kind roadside inn breathes fresh life into a rural coastal paradise

About three hours north of San Francisco along California’s salt-misted, serpentine Highway One lies Point Arena, a Mendocino County town of 500 that is among the smallest incorporated communities in the state. Surrounded by blooming coastal prairies, towering bluffs and ancient Douglas fir, cypress and redwood groves, the town contains some of the most breathtaking natural beauty in the American West. Read more

Izakaya Gama: How RCAC helped a pop-up blossom into one of Northern California’s top destination eateries

Wildflower Boutique Motel owner Jeff Hansen was so pleased with Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) financial assistance that he recommended it to Elyse and David Hopps, owners of an up-and-coming startup restaurant in Point Arena named Izakaya Gama. The couple both earned their culinary stripes as sushi apprentices around 2005. Read more

Household Water Well & Septic System Loan/Grant Programs

RCAC provides low interest rate loans and grants to assist individual households in the refurbishing, replacement or construction of a household water well or septic system. If you are interested, please download our program flyer and submit a loan application. RCAC is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). About RCAC’s Household Water Well & Septic System Loan/Grant Program

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Training highlights

For questions about event registration, please email RCAC Events at or call (916) 447-9832 ext. 1429.

Free water trainings

CalTAP Fair: Emerging Trends in Water

August 25, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Pacific Time) | San Rafael, California

Join us and learn about the California Technical Assistance Providers (CalTAP) programs, funded by California State Water Resources Control Board. These programs provide onsite technical assistance and free workshops, as well as many other resources, for water professionals throughout California. Register for the CalTAP Fair Here

  • Welcome & CalTAP Fair Presentation
  • Regulations Update
  • Recruiting & Retention, Workforce Development (Combined Track)
  • Simple Water Auditing, Regionalization (Managerial Track)
  • Groundwater Well Operation & Maintenance, Pumping System Troubleshooting (Technical Track)


Housing Counseling training opportunities

2022 Housing Counseling Summit

August 30 – September 1, 2022 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Mountain Time) | West Valley City, Utah

Our first “Live” Housing Counseling Summit will be happening in Salt Lake City at the end of August. There will be special keynote speakers during the lunch break including Jerrald Mayer, Director for the Office of Outreach & Capacity Building, OHC/HUD and a special session on Wellness.  There will be three days of classes offered so participants can attend more than one course. Each session is three hours. Register for the 2022 Housing Counseling Summit here

  • Credit/Budgeting Counseling post COVID
  • Beginners Foreclosure Counseling
  • Advanced Foreclosure Counseling
  • Disaster Preparation and Recovery for Counselors
  • HECM Default Counseling Overview
  • HECM Default Counseling How To
  • HUD Compliance
  • Eviction and Homeless Prevention
  • 15 Steps to Homeownership

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: Suzanne Anarde
Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke,
Managing Editor: Blivion Xanouvong,

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

RCAC is the western RCAP partner.