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West Sacramento, Calif. —Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) received a $1,287,030 grant this week from the HUD Rural Capacity Building Program to create affordable housing and support economic development in high-need rural communities.

These funds will be used to support the Building Rural Economies (BRE) initiative and Development Solutions programs including the Tribal Housing Excellence (THE) Academy.

The Building Rural Economies (BRE) initiative provides training in comprehensive community economic development to support and develop local assets and talents. RCAC builds the capacity for local sponsoring organizations to network, plan and implement economic development initiatives in rural communities.

Development Solutions supports nonprofit organizations to develop affordable rental housing and community facilities in the rural West. RCAC’s goal is to encourage and build a rural affordable housing network so each state has access to nonprofit organizations that develop affordable housing in rural areas.

The Tribal Housing Excellence (THE) Academy is a three year initiative that works with organizations to move housing developments from concept to construction. THE Academy provides practical, comprehensive and intensive skills training in housing development strategies and techniques.

“We are grateful for this funding and consider the HUD Rural Capacity Building Program a valuable partner in our efforts to create vibrant, healthy and enduring rural communities in the West. This continued funding will give a real boost to these key programs,” said Stanley Keasling, RCAC’s chief executive officer.

Founded in 1978, RCAC provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals and visions. RCAC serves rural communities in 13 western states and certain Pacific islands. Services are available to communities with populations of fewer than 50,000, other nonprofit groups, tribal organizations, farmworkers, colonias and other specific populations.To find out more about RCAC, visit


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