In this issue:

Housing counseling helps build financial stability

Erin and Sally Simpson*, like so many of us, were hearing wise advice from every corner, from television pundits to radio personalities to lifestyle magazines: eat well, avoid fast food, stay healthy. Late last year however, they noticed that their household budget was taking a hit. more

Rural Housing Service participants encouraged to participate in Summer Meals Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service encourages housing properties and community facilities financed through the Rural Housing Service to participate in the Summer Food Service Program. USDA Food and Nutrition Service operates the program, also known as the Summer Meals Program. Read more

RCAC is growing!

Join our passionate team, committed to 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 including Financial Rural Development Specialist serving the Reno, Nevada area and Rural Development Specialist environmental in northern and central California.  U.S. Details on job opportunities at RCAC >>

RCAC seeks Yoneo Ono Award nominees

RCAC seeks nominations for the Yoneo Ono Rural Volunteer Award. The award honors rural people who have made significant lifelong contributions to their community in volunteer capacities. RCAC hopes to encourage further rural volunteer activities by acknowledging the accomplishments of a select few. Award criteria and nomination form >>

Need financing?

Community Facilities Re-Lending Loan Program

Does your organization or community need a community facility such as a health care facility, educational or community service center, utility service or a community kitchen or food bank? Do you need financing? Talk to an RCAC Loan Officer today about our Community Facilities Re-Lending Loan Program. The Loan Fund has nearly $30 million available to make low interest rate/long-term loans to nonprofit organizations, public bodies and federally recognized Tribes. Our Loan Fund team is easy to work with and provides quick turnaround on applications!

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Private well and septic systems maintenance

The well owner workshop will educate well owners on proper operation and maintenance of septic systems and drinking water wells, common septic and well troubleshooting, preventive maintenance and solutions, and protecting our groundwater. The workshop is useful for private well and septic system owners. Attend this workshop to get a free water quality test for nitrate and join RCAC to learn more about your system.

April 6 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Madelyn Helling Library
Gene Albaugh Community Room
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, California 95959
Register here >>

Basic financial management

Topics include: how to develop an annual budget, reserve accounts recommended for water system, financial statements and reporting, rate setting basics and introduction to asset management.

April 7 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Bloomfield Multicultural Center
333 South 1st Street
Bloomfield, New Mexico 87413
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Chief Executive Officer: Stanley Keasling

Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke

Managing Editor: Sharon Wills

3120 Freeboard Drive, Suite 201
West Sacramento, CA 95691

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

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