In this issue: Policy update: income banding—another perspective; A Photographic Chronicle of America’s Working Poor; Dear Sher addresses some of the recent changes to Handbook 3550-1; and RCAC is hiring a Rural Development Specialist in housing.
In the last newsletter I discussed some of my concerns regarding USDA Rural Development’s use of income banding for low-income families even though it may also benefit very low-income households. My concern was that this may end up benefiting households who do not really need assistance and who, absent banding, would not be eligible borrowers. In spite of these concerns … there are real benefits to income banding for small households.
RCAC is pleased to announce that Arvin Interim Solutions POU program, a collaboration between Arvin Public Schools, Community Water Center and RCAC to deliver safe drinking water to Arvin school children, reached a significant milestone of providing more than 100,000 gallons of arsenic free drinking water between June 2015 and November 2016.
"As housing grows to be ever more urgent an issue—and we grow ever more politically ready to take it on—California’s unique model for running a statewide campaign that relied on regional coordination and the voices of the people most impacted..." https://t.co/28Vazngejq
The TestIT app update is now available. With this update, locations where tests are run can now be documented as having no service. This gives even more data to ensure adequate funding for broadband infrastructure is provided across the country. https://t.co/AdcihrAqud
Don't forget about our workshop Friday to help folks experiencing homelessness gain access to clean water for consumption and sanitation. We want to help. The session goes from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CalEPA Building (1001 I Street). For more details: https://t.co/rVWCJX4cD1