In this issue:

Flattening the impact – How RCAC’s RELieF program helped sustain a freelance journalist during the pandemic

Hawaii-based advocacy journalist Libby Leonard was leaning into her new career as a freelancer until the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly derailed her career, her finances, and seemingly her entire life. Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) Re-Emerging Loan Fund (RELieF) program ensured that she overcame the crisis and could continue writing powerful, community-centered stories for a global audience. Read more

Featured case study: East Pecos, New Mexico

East Pecos, New Mexico is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in San Miguel County, New Mexico. It has 757 residents (according to US census 2010). Historically, East Pecos residents utilized septic tank systems, and in some cases, above ground open cesspools for wastewater and sewage disposal. 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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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. Apply here!

Training highlights

AB54 & AB240: Ethics for Mutual Water Company Board Members

June 14, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Oxnard, California

By law, all mutual water board members are required to have two hours of ethics training within six months of taking office and every six years following. This training is designed to provide system longevity and help ensure that board members meet their legal responsibilities. Required training topics include conflicts of interest, fiduciary responsibilities, Safe Drinking Water Act compliance, long-term management and capital improvement planning. We will also cover the AB240 requirements, which affect mutual water systems as of January 1, 2014. This workshop allows mutual water systems to comply with this new regulation and helps prepare them to better govern their water company. This workshop meets the legal requirement for board members ethics training under AB54. Register Here

Distribution System Management

June 15, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Oxnard, California

How can operators, managers and boards work together to build a financially stable utility? Financial management is often a mystery and we may not see our expertise as relevant, but each of you plays a key role in ensuring your system’s financial health. This session will show you how you each fit into the puzzle. Register Here

Housing Counseling training opportunities

Here are our new training opportunities for the months of May and June. They are designed for housing counselors who are working with first time homebuyers, foreclosure, credit/budgeting and student loan issues. We also offer study classes for those trying to pass the HUD Certification Exam. Please feel free to join us or refer others who are doing this type of work.

June 7 – 9: Diversity Basics (2-Part Series)

June 20 – 22: Study Group (2-Part Series)

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

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.