In this issue:

Wells Fargo Foundation grant supports housing counseling services to Northern California Tribes

Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority (NCIHA) provides affordable housing services, including housing counseling to Native American households in the rural Ukiah, California area. Dana Novoa, NCIHA’s sole housing counselor, travels as far as Butte County, a three-hour journey one way, to provide services for Tribal families. Read more

Rural Community Assistance Corporation receives $300,000 grant to support rural west communities

Wells Fargo Foundation grant is part of $175 million commitment to assist communities impacted by COVID-19

West Sacramento, Calif. — Rural Community Assistance Corporation today announced a $300,000 Wells Fargo Foundation grant, which will enable the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) to support communities most impacted by COVID-19. RCAC’s response to the crisis began in February and will continue in 2021 and beyond. Read more

Strained Rural Water Utilities Buckle Under Pandemic Pressure

Johnnie Henry, president of the Navajo Nation’s Church Rock chapter house community center, drives drinking water to neighbors in Gallup, New Mexico, in May. Rural water and wastewater systems have largely been left out of federal and state pandemic relief. Read more at

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Training highlights

Pumps, Motors and Energy Efficiency

Asset Management Plan is a three-part series. For maximum effectiveness we recommend taking all three parts.

October 7 | 10:00 – 12:00 pm (Pacific time)

This course is now offered as an online two-part series, and it is recommended to take both parts on the same day.

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Financial Management for Small Utilities

October 8 | 10:00 – 12:00 pm (Pacific time)

We will discuss financial concepts to help board members, and operators better manage their water and wastewater systems. We will cover: board responsibilities, what financial reports should be reviewed at meetings, how to read financial statements in a meaningful way, key indicators of financial health and how to keep your utility safe from fraud and theft.

Register HERE



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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.