In this issue:

Merced County schools gather to celebrate increased access to safe drinking water

auditorium full of students attending the celebration

Merced, Calif. –Dignity Health, The California Endowment, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) and Le Grand and Planada school districts gathered on March 9 to celebrate the newly unveiled water bottle filling stations that have been installed in elementary, middle and high schools. The filling stations were installed through the Agua4All campaign to provide and promote safe water in California’s rural communities. Read more >>

Resources available to schools that test positive for lead contamination in water

West Sacramento, Calif. – Recently the California State Water Board mandated that local water districts provide free water testing for lead contamination at the point of use in California schools—when the school requests it. Lead in drinking water is serious, but schools have options to mitigate contamination, including access to technical assistance and funding. Read more >>

Support federal funding for rural programs

As you may have heard, the Trump Administration released its “skinny budget” for FY 2017-18, which includes severe cuts to many crucial programs. Our rural communities already struggle in today’s economy, and these cuts put them at risk of losing access to affordable housing and safe drinking water, the ability to create jobs and grow their economies and other critical public services. Join us and take action today >>

Utah Capacity Building Collaborative holds first training seminar

Salt Lake City, Utah – The Utah Capacity Building Collaborative (UCBC), a Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) initiative to build capacity, provide affordable housing development training and direct operating support for four rural housing agencies, held its first Network Training Meeting in Salt Lake City the week of March 13.  Learn more >>

RCAC is growing

Join our team to make a difference in rural communities

RCAC is a nonprofit organization that supports rural communities as they chart their path to create change. Our environmental team works in diverse and low-income communities to increase access to safe drinking water and to make rural water, wastewater and solid waste systems sustainable. Read more >>

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Cultural Sensitivity: Building Cultural Bridges to Housing Counseling

Examine the ingredients necessary to build cultural bridges to reach diverse families and communities for the purpose of offering culturally compatible housing counseling services. Discuss definitions of culture, values, and personal belief systems and explore major diversity variables. Registration >>

Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation
670 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Colorado 80204
May 10 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Expanding Services to Rural and/or Underserved Communities

Gain tools to help you expand your counseling agency’s program offerings to underserved and/or rural communities. Learn to identify the resources available to help you develop your programs and services in a way that better serves the new community. Practice techniques to identify the needs of underserved and rural communities and as a result increase services by marketing the programs to fit the community’s unique culture. Registration >>

Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation
670 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Colorado 80204
May 11 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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Chief Executive Officer: Stanley Keasling
Managing Editor: Sharon Wills

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