In this issue:

Wells Fargo funding ensures Hawaii families receive essential housing counseling services

Even during the best of times, Hawaii Community Assets (HCA) faces an uphill battle to provide housing counseling for its service area. Jeff Gilbreath, HCA’s director of lending and development, said the cost of living in Hawaii is consistently among the highest in the world, making economic mobility for would-be homeowners seem out of reach. Read more

RCAC Loan Fund lends more than $8 million to rural communities

West Sacramento, Calif. — During the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2020, RCAC closed 45 loans in 11 states, which totaled $8,347,009. These loans supported 3,201 individual water and wastewater connections for rural people; 61 housing units; 2,800 feet of community facility space; and created or retained 286 jobs. Read more

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Celebrating 30+ years of lending

RCAC provides financing for affordable housing, environmental infrastructure, community facilities or small businesses. Our rates are competitive, our staff is easy to work with and they provide quick turnaround on applications. Give us a call to discuss your project in detail and download our programs and rates at-a-glance flyer. RCAC is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), with an Aeris rating of 4 Stars AA Policy Plus. Learn more about the Loan Fund here!

Training Highlights

Asset Management and Capital Improvement Planning for Idaho Systems Part 1

December 8 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Mountain Standard Time), Online

PART 1—This two part webinar series is designed to provide small Idaho systems with the basics of asset management with a focus toward applying the concepts to smaller water and wastewater systems.  Part 1 covers the five core components of asset management and applies it through a 10-step process that will aid city leaders and planners in developing sustainable asset replacement programs. The webinar will culminate with a case study where participants can use some tools available to create their own asset management plans for their systems.

Register HERE

Storage and Distribution

December 9 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Pacific Time), Online

This module presents the wide aspects and varying operation of water storage systems and distribution piping. Participants will learn:

  • Common components and types of water distribution system piping and storage
  • Maintenance guidelines and programs that reduce long-term expenditures
  • Possible pathways of and how to reduce contamination
  • Inspection and record-keeping procedures that improve water quality

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Chief Executive Officer: Suzanne Anarde
Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke
Managing Editor: Sharon Wills

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

RCAC is the western RCAP partner.