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Rural cancer patients face lack of specialists, long trips for treatment

All children get stomachaches, Melanie Whelchel thought when her 3-year-old son Jessen suffered yet another one in 2013. At the time, she blamed a virus, although Jessen had been vomiting. Even an X-ray of a lump on Jessen’s abdomen indicated harmless constipation. But during one feverish middle-of-the-night attack, with Jessen curled up in agony, a frantic Whelchel rushed him to an emergency room in Chico, where they live. Full story >>

RCAC helps homeowners replace dry wells

California’s severe drought continues with no end in sight and families across the state face life without water—something most of us can only imagine—as wells run dry. Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) has been helping homeowners through the California household/small water system drought assistance (HSWSDA) loan/grant program. Read more >>

Kunia Village project underway, first homes blessed

On August 9, RCAC staff joined staff from the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center (HARC), United States Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, Hawaii state Sen. Suzanne Chun-Oakland, Hawaii state Senator Gil Riviere and Kahu Cordell Kekoa in blessing the first of 82 renovated or new affordable homes for low-income farmworkers in Kunia Village on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Many residents who were born and raised children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on the land were in attendance. Read more >>

Nonprofits need capacity building to access scarce multifamily financing

The affordable rental housing shortage is very much on the radar at national, state and local levels. Economic recovery continues, but housing production has not returned to pre-crash levels although in many markets, home prices and rents have reached new highs. (This article was written by Michael Carroll, RCAC director, Lending & Housing, and published in Rural Voices. Read the full article >>

Add purpose to your life by helping communities help themselves!

Are you looking for a career that makes a difference in others’ lives? Do you like working with people? Do you have water or wastewater experience? Enjoy rural communities? RCAC has positions open in Arizona and California. Visit our careers page to find out more and apply today! Inquire today >>

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Lisc seeks proposals for up to $635,000 in project assistance

LISC was awarded a $1.3 million grant from the federal Social Innovation Fund to implement a national Pay for Success program. LISC has issued a Request for Proposals for the first round of funding to support transaction structuring activities of three to four Pay for Success (PFS) projects across the U.S. in sites where LISC operates. Key dates are: Oct. 4: webinar, Oct. 21: letters of interest, Nov. 10: applications due. For information and application instructions >>

Laura Jane Musser Fund

The Laura Jane Musser Fund will be accepting proposals for their Rural Initiative grant round. Program planning grants up to $5,000 and Program implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. Organizations with populations under 10,000 from CO, HI, WY, MI and MN may apply. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from October 2 – November 2, 2016. Visit for more information >>

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Housing counseling training

In 2016, RCAC became a HUD training partner. Classes will begin in October and are available to those employed by a HUD-approved counseling agency. For more information, registration, fees and scholarship information visit our Housing counseling training page.

Student Loan Debt Counseling 2-Day Workshop

The student loan counseling course contains two sections that include the pre- and post-loan counseling process. The pre-loan portion focuses on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), ways to reduce loan/college costs, cost of degree versus potential salary benefits, options to consider for financing a college education and potential scams. The post loan portion focuses on the different programs and repayment plans available, as well as loan scams.

Neighborworks Orange County
128 E Katella Ave
Orange, California 92867
November 9 – 10

Check out our training calendar for details on these and other RCAC trainings.

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