In this issue:

How RCAC helped a woman-owned law firm in Arizona’s ‘legal desert’ endure the pandemic

In Arizona, two-thirds of counties have fewer than one lawyer per 1,000 residents. Despite this imbalance, traditional banks and lenders were a no-show when COVID-19 threatened to shut down a woman-owned law firm in rural Mohave County. Read more

Training highlights

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

Sanitary Surveys

December 13, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Pacific Time | Auburn, California

It is the ultimate responsibility of every operator, manager and board member to provide safe drinking water to their customers. The prevention and removal of contaminants from the water is an essential job function. Sanitary Surveys are a very important tool in helping water systems provide safe drinking water…. Read more and register here

Source Water Protection

December 14, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Pacific Time | Auburn, California

Surface water or groundwater can serve as drinking water sources, and they each have their own treatment requirements for public drinking water supplies. Protecting source water from contamination can reduce treatment costs, saving both time and money. Protecting source water also reduces risks to public health from exposure to contaminated water…. Read more and register here

USDA 502 Direct Loan Application Packaging Training

January 9 – 13, 2023 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time | Online

The USDA Section 502 Direct Certified Loan Application Packaging course is an advanced 5-day course that covers USDA Rural Development’s Section 502 Direct (502D) Loan Program & provides critical information on utilization of this homeownership financing resource that can be used to assist potential borrowers….. 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).

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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.