In this issue:

Family spotlight—Alex & Angela Anderson

By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer

Starting out as a young couple, Alex and Angela Anderson had much in common. They both came from small towns in Utah where their families knew each other. They were both focused and careful about saving money, and when their children were born, they were both determined to provide for them as best they could. Read how the Anderson family worked hard to make their dreams come true >>

Policy update

By Stan Keasling, RCAC chief executive officer

The National Rural Housing Coalition is working with Reps. Hinojosa and Duffy to circulate a sign-on letter to support increased funding for rural housing programs. Again this year the President’s budget was not adequate for our needs, and we are reaching out to our friends in the Congress to augment the budget requests. Read more >>

RCAC introduces self-help rehab resource

By Michele Weaver and Harold Branch, rural development specialists – RCAC Housing and Community Services

Greetings to all self-help grantees and other individuals within the RCAC service area interested in self-help housing rehab activities.

RCAC has set up a self-help rehab SharePoint site that will allow us to share documents with you. It also has a chat box (somewhat similar to Facebook) that you can use to share information, post comments and ask questions relative to self-help rehab activities. Read more >>

Dear Sher

Every year I struggle to come up with new and interesting approaches to celebrating Homeownership Month and getting participants, community members and media representatives involved. I know now is the time to start planning, do you have any suggestions? Read Sher’s tips >>

Tell Congress to Protect Affordable Rural Housing

Deadline Extended to APRIL 1—National Rural Housing Coalition Sign on Letter Supporting Rural Housing Programs!

Show your support for Affordable Housing in America’s rural communities. Sign on to the letter today, and share the letter with your networks. Sign on, online here >>

Save the date!

The Housing Assistance Council’s Rural Housing Conference

Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2016

Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

For more information:

RCAC’s Self-Help Builder News is funded by USDA Rural Development

The newsletter is published quarterly for the western region self-help network at no cost to subscribers. We encourage correspondence and contributions.

Stanley Keasling, chief executive officer

Angela Sisco, executive editor

Sharon Wills, managing editor

Editorial office, West Sacramento, CA (916) 447-2854