In this issue:

A rendering of the Bryant Street Cabrillo Vistas in Ojai, California

RCAC and CEDC Provide Hope and Homes for Working Families in California’s South Coast

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) and Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) are on a mission to make affordable housing a reality for struggling families in Ventura County, California and the surrounding region. For over three decades, CEDC has partnered with RCAC to create thousands of affordable homes and continues to make a difference through its latest project, the Bryant Street Apartments in Ojai.

Read more about our projects with CEDC


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Making Policy Work for Rural Communities: The Value of Community Voice

Rural Community Assistance Corporation, a member of Partners for Rural Transformation, a coalition of six regional community development financial institutions, joined Hope Credit Union to coproduce Making Policy Work for Rural Communities: The Value of Community Voice, one of a series of articles for Nonprofit Quarterly.

You can find the whole series here: Eradicating Rural Poverty: The Power of Cooperation

Read the full article on Nonprofit Quarterly


2023 RuralRISE Summit

RuralRISE is excited to announce that the next in-person summit will be held in Waterville and Skowhegan, Maine. The event – originally scheduled for June – has been postponed, but new dates will be announced soon! If you’d like to explore the schedule originally set for the June event, get more details, and see this year’s sponsors, visit the RuralRISE Summit website. If you have questions, please contact

Learn more about the 2023 RuralRISE Summit


Training highlights

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

Customer Communications & Transparency (California)
June 14, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time | Online

Outside of operations, communication & transparency are arguably the two most important issues when running a water system. If the customers are not happy, you will not be happy! Without these collaborating factors, consumer confidence can lessen or be lost. Lack of customer support of a public water system will damage morale & could result in potential problems in a system….

Read more and register here


Drought Contingency & Water Conservation (Nevada)
June 28, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time | Online

Have you thought about what you would do if drought impacted your water supply? Have you seen falling groundwater tables & wondered if your water will continue to flow into the future? Nevada is the driest state in the nation. The supply of water in Nevada requires wise management in an area where water resources are limited & cycles of drought are common….

Read more and register here


Affordable Housing Loan Program

RCAC financing helps developers build single and multifamily affordable housing units for low-income families. RCAC’s housing loans allow for short-term acquisition, pre-development, site development and construction of single and multifamily affordable housing. If you are interested, please download our program flyer and learn more about loan application requirements. RCAC is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

Learn more about our Affordable Housing Loan Program


Looking for a new and exciting career path?

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.

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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.

RCAC is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.