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From Atlantic to Pacific, our work over the past year with 71 rural community based organizations across 42 states has been impressive. See what we helped some of our partners accomplish in 2015.
Pacific Western Bank and Rural LISC have announced a $1 million loan to Self-Help Enterprises as part of a collaborative effort to alleviate drought conditions in the San Joaquin Valley, one of a number of areas in the country characterized by persistent poverty. Located in Visalia, Calif., Self-Help Enterprises will use the funds to provide low-income residents with permanent solutions including low-interest loans to drill a deeper or new well. “We are extremely grateful for the generous support and committed partnership of Pacific Western Bank,” said Suzanne Anarde, Rural LISC Program Vice President. "Thanks to these resources, Rural LISC will be able to further its mission of creating healthy and vibrant rural communities.”
Read the Rural LISC press release.
A Daleville resident without water is having a water tank installed at their home. (Photo Credit: Marc Benjamin)
Support from LISC and Rural LISC in the form of a $40,970 place based grant and a $42,500 HUD Section 4 grant is helping Fahe, a network organization serving rural Appalachia, and a Rural LISC partner, develop a curriculum for a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) “Boot Camp” that is training Appalachian organizations in how to utilize CDFI funds to increase their ability to help local communities.
Left to right: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, President Barack Obama, and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews-Burwell. (Photo Credit: Pete Souza)
On February 3rd, the White House Rural Council convened to discuss a number of challenges facing rural America, including financial stress, mental health awareness, and the opioid epidemic that is present in many rural areas. President Obama recently charged the Council with leading an interagency effort to design solutions to these issues and thanked them for their hard work so far. Joining the Feb. 3rd meeting, President Obama also highlighted his Administration’s $1.1 billion budget proposal designed to ensure that all rural Americans who want treatment can get the care they need to live a useful and fulfilling life. You can read the entire White House coverage here.
The nonprofit world has stepped up to help manage a natural disaster with no end in sight, bringing water to scores of low-income rural families in California’s San Joaquin Valley as more and more wells run dry. Read the new article on the LISC Institute Spotlight on Rural blog.
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