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2011 Archive

Cabrillo Economic Development Corp.
Leader of affordable-housing movement in Ventura County retires
Ventura County Star Mobile (
December 30, 2011

[Rodney] Fernandez . . . cultivated the idea of affordable housing from a seed 30 years ago to a blossoming plant with flowers all over Ventura County today.  Fernandez, 66, the executive director who helped start Cabrillo, is retiring effective Sunday.  "Rodney helped to change attitudes of affordable housing by building quality places that you can put in any community," said Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long, who saw many Cabrillo developments in her district over the years. "He was a visionary and at the leading edge in knowing that you could provide a quality product and make it fit into the financial portfolio."  More.

Garrett County Community Action Committee
Heating assistance program sends out checks
Congress' vote could slash local funding
Cumberland Times-News
December 28, 2011

OAKLAND — Funds have been released and checks recently went out to Garrett County senior citizens and others expecting benefits from the Maryland Energy Assistance Program, said Duane Yoder, president of Garrett County Community Action Committee Inc.  The energy assistance program provides benefits to low- to moderate-income residents who need help with home heating costs. About 150 senior residents in Garrett County are in dire need of heat, said Linda Green, director of services coordination for the community action committee.  More.

Chicanos Por La Causa
Chicanos group leader attends conference: Participants discuss age-friendly community
December 25, 2011

This fall, Chicanos Por La Causa’s president and CEO, Edmundo Hidalgo, discussed housing and other community economic-development issues with representatives from other countries at a conference in Ireland.  Chicanos Por La Causa is a Hispanic community-development organization in Phoenix. Hidalgo said it was one of several organizations that had a presence at the conference, which involved representatives of nearly 30 countries.  More.

USDA grants $700,000+ to Tierra del Sol Housing
New Mexico Business Weekly
December 12, 2011

Tierra del Sol Housing Corp. Inc. of Anthony will receive nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to supervise the construction of new homes and the repair of others in the city of Lordsburg and Doña Ana County. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program.  More

See also "Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation Receives Federal Financing to Expand Housing and Business Opportunities in Southern NM" in The Grant County Beat.

Cabrillo dedicates Rodney Fernandez Gardens affordable housing project in Santa Paula
Ventura County Star (
December 10, 2011

Six years after it was first proposed, a controversial affordable housing project was dedicated Friday in Santa Paula.  The 90-unit Rodney Fernandez Gardens, developed by the nonprofit Cabrillo Economic Development Corp. for low-income and farmworker individuals and families, is already half-occupied, and officials expect the balance of the one- to three-bedroom rental apartments to be filled by the end of the year. . . . The complex of two-story Craftsman-style buildings was called Plaza Amistad when first proposed. It was changed to Paseo Santa Barbara before Cabrillo renamed it to honor Rodney Fernandez, the corporation's founding executive director, who is retiring after more than 30 years.  "I think this is the best project we've ever done," Fernandez said.  More.

Champlain Housing Trust
NeighborWorks America makes $200,000 grant in support of Irene recovery efforts
December 8, 2011

Burlington, VT – NeighborWorks America has made a $200,000 grant to five regional housing organizations to support their Tropical Storm Irene recovery efforts. [Including Champlain Housing Trust.] . . . “We are so thankful for this support as we continue to collaborate with our peers across the State to respond to challenges we’re facing after Irene,” said Brenda Torpy, the Housing Trust’s CEO. “We look forward to doing all we can to support the recovery efforts underway, as well as ones to come.”  More.

Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana
Kalispell accepts $1.5 million for land trust houses
Daily Inter Lake
December 6, 2011

The Kalispell City Council voted on Monday to accept $1.5 million in federal funding to buy and renovate more foreclosed houses to add to the Northwest Montana Community Land Trust.  Funding comes from a third round of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, this time through the Wall Street Reform Act of 2010. A total of $5 million was allocated for Montana.  More.

Housing Development Corporation buildings to get facelift
Up to $25 million sought in complex financing deal
Lancaster Online
December 5, 2011

Five affordable-housing apartment complexes in Lancaster County are getting makeovers.  They are among seven regional complexes managed by the Lancaster-based Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic that are slated for improvements under a $20 million financing plan spearheaded by Redevelopment Authority of Lancaster County.  More.

Four Rural LISC Partner CDCs receive $100K awards (Champlain Housing Trust, Coastal Enterprises, Laconia Area CLT and RUPCO)

TD Charitable Foundation Awards $2.5 Million in Grants to Non-Profits Focused on Affordable Housing Initiatives:  "Building for the Future" themed competition awards 25 grants supporting New Unit Creation, Energy Efficiency, and Capacity Building projects
The Sacramento Bee
November 29, 2011

The TD Charitable Foundation . . . . today announced the winners of $2.5 million in grants to support affordable housing initiatives through its sixth annual company-wide "Housing for Everyone" grant competition. . . .Twenty-five organizations throughout TD Bank's footprint from Maine to Florida were awarded a $100,000 grant for a total grant donation of $2.5 million in 2011.  More.

Champlain Housing Trust Wins $100,000 Housing for Everyone Award from TD Charitable Foundation
November 29, 2011

The Champlain Housing Trust announced today that the organization has been selected as a winner of the TD Charitable Foundation’s 2011 Housing for Everyone competition, one of 25 selected nationally out of a pool of about 500 submissions.  The Housing for Everyone award comes with a $100,000 grant to advance CHT’s efforts to provide and sustain affordable housing in northwestern Vermont.  More.    

BGACDC holds annual board banquet Nov. 9
The Daily World/
November 23, 2011

MARVELL — The Boys, Girls, Adults Community Development Center recently held its annual board banquet. Approximately 100 people attended including some distinguished Marvell citizens . . .   The keynote speaker was Dr. Tracy Dunbar, interim chair of the Department of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  More.

From BGACDC's email article, "The Seeds of Success":   Dr. Dunbar, a nationally respected agricultural economist, returned to Marvell this fall to thank BGACDC for its life-shaping contributions not only to her but to hundreds of other youngsters who acquired confidence, character and learning through the many activities of the organization.  More.

To see more success stories, go to BGACDC's email campaign archive here.

Backers of subsidized housing facing uphill battle
Times Herald-Record
November 19, 2011

SAUGERTIES — Getting communities to sign off on subsidized housing can be difficult, but for the Rural Ulster Preservation Co., it's worth the effort.  "When it comes to affordable housing, there seems to be a mass hysteria," RUPCO board President Thomas Collins said Friday at the organization's 30th anniversary luncheon. "It's a paranoia fueled by xenophobia, neophobia and attempts at political gain."  Examples abound of local affordable housing battles.  More.

Free Foreclosure Prevention Workshop
KHSL Chico, CA
Nov. 15, 2011

Dan Beveridge from Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) and Jennifer McCarthy from the Butte County Administration Office are interviewed by KHSL Chico.  They discuss current housing issues and a free foreclosure prevention workshop for Butte County residents.   See the interview here.

Coastal Enterprises Inc. Receives $170K from Starbucks’ Create Jobs Program
Maine Ahead
November 10, 2011

Wiscasset, ME.  A local community lender today received a $173,500 capital grant from the Create Jobs for USA Fund, a collaboration between Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network (OFN). The money will help Coastal Enterprises, Inc. to create and sustain jobs in Maine as part of a national campaign to support small, community businesses.  More.

Chicanos Por La Causa
HUD leader touts home stabilization efforts
Daily Republic (
November 10, 2011

PHOENIX — The Obama administration’s top housing official touted the government’s efforts to stabilize neighborhoods hard hit by foreclosures during a visit to Phoenix neighborhood on Thursday.  U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan visited two homes bought out of foreclosure, rehabilitated and put back on the market for sale to families by a nonprofit group awarded federal funds.  Efforts of groups such as Chicanos Por La Causa in cities across the U.S. are helping stop blight and home price declines triggered by vacant and foreclosed homes like those that had been prevalent in the South Mountain neighborhood where Thursday’s event was held, he said.  More.

Self-Help Enterprises
Goshen housing development built with sweat equity
KFSN-TV Fresno, CA
November 10, 2011

GOSHEN, Calif. (KFSN) -- South Valley families will soon be able to move into new homes they helped build. . . . "Ten families here have built their first home and are going to be in for Thanksgiving. They're going to be home for the holidays, a home they built themselves with their neighbors in our self-help sweat equity program," said Tom Collishaw, vice president of Self-Help Enterprises.  More.

Tierra del Sol receives over $700,000 in SHOP grant
Federal Register
November 2, 2011

Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation in Anthony, New Mexico, was among just four groups receiving FY 2011 SHOP grants totaling $26,676,540.   Tierra del Sol received $700,050.  The SHOP program provides grants to national and regional nonprofit organizations and consortia that have experience in providing self-help housing.  Read the Federal Register announcement here.

Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic
Lancaster nonprofit completes $5.6M renovated building
October 31, 2011

Lancaster-based Housing Development Corp. recently completed $5.6 million in renovations at Lancaster House South, according to a news release.  The organization also renamed the building Ruoff Towers, after Edmund Ruoff, longtime president of the nonprofit.  More.

Also see article, "Ruoff Tower: Senior Housing With Swagger", in RE3 LIVING SPACES

Tamaqua Area Community Partnership
LISC announces $100,000 grant to fuel development of Tamaqua community-driven safety program
October 28, 2011

TAMAQUA, Penn. (Oct. 28, 2011)—The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has awarded an $100,000 grant to Tamaqua Area Community Partnership (TACP) for the continued development and implementation of a community-driven safety initiative that organizes residents and businesses around issues of blight and crime. . . . “Safety is fundamental to every healthy community,” noted Tina Brooks, LISC executive vice president for programs, who made the announcement.  “Our goal is to help Tamaqua residents ensure that they can live, work, do business and raise their families in a community without the blight of vandalism or the threat of violence hanging over their heads.”  More.

Coastal Enterprises
$8.25 Million Awarded to Two Innovative CDFIs to Invigorate Low-Income Communities
Opportunity Finance Network NEXT Awards
October 25, 2011

Philadelphia, October 25, 2011— The country’s largest and most coveted awards program for community development financial institutions (CDFIs) announced today that it will award $8.25 million to two top-performing CDFIs: Coastal Enterprises, Inc. in Wiscasset, ME; and The Progress Fund in Greensburg, PA. The two CDFIs will use the Wachovia Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance to bolster local economies and stimulate and retain job growth in disadvantaged communities.   More.

Utah rural housing programs win award
Salt Lake Tribune
October 10, 2011

Seven Utah housing programs affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been recognized for their efforts to assist people with limited income build their own homes in rural areas.  The annual Project of the Year award went to Utah grantees that administer the USDA Rural Development Mutual Self-Help Housing program.  More.

Kentucky Highlands
From luxury boats to livable homes
Air, Land & Water
Fall 2011

It’s a project that has received positive attention from the state’s second largest newspaper and from the federal Department of Energy. Most importantly, it’s a project that has the power to boost the economy by putting people back to work, increase affordable, energy-efficient housing and reduce environmental impacts to the region. The Houseboat to Energy-Efficient Residences project is underway to build energy-efficient modular homes on the production lines of houseboat factories in southeast Kentucky.  More.

Central Missouri Community Action
Taking a risk: Five mid-Missouri residents with ideas strive for microloans
October 5, 2011

COLUMBIA— They’ve all had setbacks.  Losing a job. Falling behind on a mortgage. Being buried in medical bills.  Many of their struggles are not so unique. They are felt by the millions afflicted by a flagging economy and the uncertain outcomes of life’s chances and choices. They are felt by the millions who wonder, “Can anything be done to make my life better?”

Five mid-Missouri residents are trying to answer that question.  During an intensive six weeks, they’ve been meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Central Missouri Community Action Center in Columbia to take part in a small-business startup program. They have a range of ideas — a coffeehouse, a nonprofit youth sports league and a website that caters to the unemployed . . .  More.

Tamaqua Area Community Partnership
Tamaqua group visits Ulster County, N.Y. to study revitalization efforts
Times News, Inc.
October 1, 2011

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS - A group of members from the Tamaqua Community Partnership, Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce, local government and other local business-oriented organizations visited Ulster County, New York, to learn more about what their community is doing to revitalize their downtown, preserve historic resources, promote healthy living and to see how they collaborate towards community growth.  More.

CAP Services
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Recognizes Outstanding Partnerships Between Members and Non-Profits in Illinois and Wisconsin
September 30, 2011

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC) has awarded two Community First Partnership Awards, which recognize exceptional achievement in affordable housing or community economic development by a member financial institution and a non-profit community organization working together to revitalize their community. The partnerships receive $10,000. . . . The Wisconsin award was presented to Paul N. Fehrenbach, representing M&I Bank, and Mary Patoka, President and CEO of CAPS Services.  More.

Impact Seven
Beaver Dam Lake Historic Lofts Nominated for Timmy Award for Most Innovative Adaptive Reuse.  I-7 Financing Strengthens Position of Flambeau River Papers.  And more.
Positive Impacts
July-Sept 2011

Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises (FAHE)
Berea small business lending to get a federal boost

Lexington Herald-Leader/
September 29, 2011

The U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday that Berea's Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises will receive $2.1 million in federal funds to help it bolster lending to small businesses.  More.

Coastal Enterprises, Impact Seven, Midwest Minnesota CDC and NESDCAP affiliate NESDEC, plus Rural LISC Strategic Partners FAHE and RCAC among recipients of U.S. Treasury awards
CDFI Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury
September 28, 2011

Washington, DC - U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the seventh and final wave of funding provided through the Small Business Lending Fund. This includes 51 certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that received an aggregated total of $104,279,000. Treasury released the term sheet and other application materials needed by Community Development Loan Funds to access this lower-cost capital on May 26, 2011.  More.

Franklin County CDC  From FCCDC's October ENews:  On September 27th the Western MA Food Processing Center hosted a large crowd of regional food and agriculture professionals to learn about the Farm to Institution Program. The guest of honor was USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan who was very impressed and said she is happy to see that USDA money is being put to good use.  Read more about her visit here:
‘Heart of local food movement’
Deputy Ag. Sec. Kathleen Merrigan visits her hometown and talks about new initiatives for small farms

Greenfield Recorder
September 27, 2011

GREENFIELD — U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan brought her “Know your farmer, know your food” campaign to town Tuesday . . . her message . . . was upbeat, calling this “the heart of a lot of the local food movement” that has been helped by USDA programs to strengthen the connection between farmers and consumers.  More.

CHI celebrates Sugar Creek grand opening
Spencer Daily Reporter
September 24, 2011

"Homeownership Incubator" is first-of-its-kind in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS - Community Housing Initiatives Inc. (CHI) - based in Spencer - and the Affordable Housing Network Inc., were joined Sept. 13 by representatives from Midwest Housing Equity Group, Skogman Homes and others to celebrate the grand opening of Sugar Creek Bend, a single-family housing program near Ellis Golf Course in Cedar Rapids. The 20 affordable homes are the first-of-its-kind within the city limits and are designed to be a "homeownership incubator," thus preparing renters to become homeowners.  More.

Tamaqua Area Community Partnership and RUPCO
PA group tours Kingston for development ideas
Mid-Hudson News Network
September 23, 2011

KINGSTON – They have similar goals like their keeping communities vital and helping to ensure there’s enough affordable housing and health care for their residents, and Friday the Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) hosted a group from Pennsylvania hoping to enhance their community.  Members of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, from a community in Pennsylvania’s coal region, visited Kingston and wanted to see what RUPCO is doing to help Ulster County.  More.

Champlain Housing Trust Board Recognized
September 23, 2011

Burlington , VT – At their annual conference in Atlanta today, BoardSource, an organization dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service, announced that the Champlain Housing Trust Board of Directors won one of three Honorable Mentions in the Prudential Leadership Awards for Outstanding Nonprofit Boards. This competition evaluated nonprofit Boards from across the country on their efforts to position organizations for success.   More.

Tamaqua Area Community Partnership
St. Luke, TACCP release results of health needs assessment
Times News, Inc.
September 15, 2011

Socioeconomic factors act as barriers of health for Tamaqua
A recent health needs assessment study shows that the Tamaqua area is behind statewide and nationally concerning a number of health-related issues. . . . Also included in report were plans for next steps to address the results and to generate interest in ways to engage additional community participation in future TACP activities.  More.

Tamaqua Area Community Partnership
Youth making a difference in Tamaqua
Times News, Inc.
August 24, 2011

The newly forming Tamaqua Area Skate and Willing Park Association, TASWPA, is seeking new members or volunteers for its association. . . . The association, comprised primarily of young adults, and other local volunteers have already cleaned the park, pulled weeds, painted skate equipment, and held a bake sale. They are also planning on holding a skate show and music event at the park.  The association, with support of the Tamaqua Community Partnership, is holding its first annual DeZire Nightlife Fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 23 from 7 to 11 p.m.  More.

Four Directions, Hawaiian Community Assets and Midwest Minnesota's affiliate White Earth Investment Initiative among recipients of U.S. Treasury awards

US Treasury Awards $11.85 Million to Organizations Serving Economically Distressed Native Communities Nationwide
CDFI Fund - U.S. Department of the Treasury
August 24, 2011

Honolulu, HI - Director Donna J. Gambrell of the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) traveled to Honolulu to join U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa to announce awards totaling $11,847,579 for 35 Native Community Development Financial Institutions (Native CDFIs) and organizations serving economically distressed Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities (Native communities) across the nation. The organizations awarded are headquartered in 17 states and serve mostly rural communities.  More.

Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, with Alliance for Building Communities, breaks ground on 12 unit apartment complex

Ground Breaking: New apartment complex in Tamaqua to have 12 units
Times News, Inc.
August 11, 2011

Local and state dignitaries were on hand Wednesday during a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of a new 12-unit apartment complex at 420 East Broad St. in Tamaqua.  The Tamaqua Area Community Partnership (TACP), a local nonprofit community organization, facilitated the development of the large, abandoned, building in 2009 with the intent of holding it for ABC (Alliance for Building Communities) Inc. of Allentown. ABC Inc. purchased the property and recently began construction.  More.

Tierra del Sol receives over $800,000 in SHOP grant
Federal Register
August 9, 2011

Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation in Anthony, New Mexico, was among just four groups receiving FY 2010 SHOP grants totaling $26,730,000.   Tierra del Sol received $866,898.  The SHOP program provides grants to national and regional nonprofit organizations and consortia that have experience in providing self-help housing.  Read the Federal Register announcement here.

New Affordable Housing Complex Opens in Milton
Milton Harvest to house 47 senior citizen families
August 8, 2011

Kingston, NY -- 8/8/2011 — Milton Harvest apartments officially opened last week when the first new residents moved in to the brand new affordable housing complex. Developer Richard Gerentine and managing agent Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) were on hand to give keys to the senior citizens who were getting their first glimpses of the apartments they'll now call home.  More.

Mercy Housing and Human Development
Ocean Springs Oak Park cottages set to open Thursday
August 7, 2011

OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- A new 30-unit neighborhood of hurricane-sturdy homes on Government Street in Ocean Springs is set for a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Thursday.  At least 25 percent of the Cottages at Oak Park are leased, said Joe Cloyd, a partner in the development.  "We knew there would be demand for rentals of this quality this close to everything in Ocean Springs, but the interest has been even greater than we imagined," Cloyd said.  . . . The homes are made possible through a unique private, public and nonprofit partnership, according to Cloyd.  He said his development team acquired the site and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency's Eco-Cottage Grant Program provided funding for the cottages through Mercy Housing and Human Development.  More.

Garrett County Community Action Committee dedicates an "absolutely fantastic project": Liberty Mews townhomes 
Affordable housing not just 'dollars and cents'
Cumberland Times-News
August 5, 2011

Liberty Mews is comprised of 36 townhomes for the low-income work force. It’s part of an even bigger project called River Hill, an entire development of affordable housing for the county just a walk away from the center of Oakland, in rural western Maryland.

See the Cumberland Times-News article here, and photos of the new development here.

RUPCO Hits Milestone in Rental Assistance
1500 Ulster County households now being aided
August 3, 2011

Kingston, NY -- 8/3/2011 — Rural Ulster Preservation Company reached a major milestone in July when it topped 1,500 vouchers leased up in the federal Housing Choice program more commonly called Section 8. The program, a bedrock of affordable housing for renters, stipulates that households pay 30% of their income toward the rent and generates well over $10 million a year for 859 Ulster County landlords.  More.

RUPCO Breaks Ground on Woodstock Commons
First new affordable housing in nearly 30 years
July 26, 2011

Kingston, NY -- 7/26/2011 — Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) broke ground in Woodstock last week starting an 18-month construction process to build 53 new homes for seniors, working families and artists. The construction activity brings to a close an eight-year development and approval process and commences building of the first new affordable housing to be constructed in the town in nearly 30 years.   More.

Coastal Enterprises, Franklin County CDC, Kentucky Highlands, Midwest Minnesota, MACED, NESDCAP partner Grow South Dakota, Northern Initiatives, PathStone affiliate Enterprise Center, and Rural Community Assistance Corp. among recipients of U.S. Treasury awards

US Treasury Awards $142.3 Million to Benefit Organizations Serving Economically Distressed Communities Nationwide
CDFI Fund - U.S. Department of the Treasury
July 18, 2011

Chicago, IL – Director Donna J. Gambrell of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) traveled to Chicago to join U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S Representative Danny Davis to announce awards totaling $142,302,667 for 155 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) serving economically distressed communities across the nation.  More.

Franklin County CDC receives highly competitive healthy food enterprise award
New Healthy Food Enterprise Awards for 2011 Announced

Winrock International
July 14, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va. (July 14, 2011) – The Wallace Center at Winrock International today announced 17 new awards it will grant under its Wallace Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development (HUFED) Center. A total of $630,000 in awards will be granted to 17 groups who propose innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to resolve barriers to healthy food access among the poorest in the country.  More.

Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc.
Maple Garden apartments are opening in Uniontown
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 7, 2011

Fayette County Community Action Agency Inc., in conjunction with PIRHL Developers, will host a public ribbon-cutting ceremony for its most recent development, Maple Garden Apartments.  The ceremony will celebrate the completion of a 36-unit apartment building for independent seniors located in the heart of Uniontown's North Gallatin Avenue Elm Street area and will take place at 10 a.m. Friday.  More.

Rural LISC Partner CDCs join Rural LISC staff and more than 300 rural leaders at the National Rural Assembly’s 2011 Gathering, “Building an Inclusive Nation”, in St. Paul, June 28-30

See an event summary here, including slide shows and videos of presenters, photographs of Rural LISC participants here, and this news article:

FCC commissioner says broadband can address rural challenges
July 21, 2011

ST. PAUL — A member of the Federal Communications Commission stood up as a champion for extending broadband access to all Americans during her visit to St. Paul.  Commissioner Mignon Clyburn was the keynote speaker June 29 at the National Rural Assembly.  

The gathering brought together approximately 340 people from across the country at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. They came to network and discuss issues to improve the future of rural communities.  More.

Human Resource Development Council of District IX
Affordable Housing Opens in Bozeman
June 30, 2011

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- They may not be what you envision when you think of low income housing but the West Edge Condos on Cottonwood are just that. They're an opportunity to provide affordable housing in Bozeman for people who, otherwise, wouldn't be able to live here.

"We're excited to be able to offer home ownership opportunities to working-class folks who, for the same price that they're renting, they now are going to become more stable, productive members of society because they now have a stake in it. They're part of the community, they're not just a recipient of the service within the community," says Chief Operating Officer of the Human Resources Development Council, Heather Grenier.  More.

Hawaiian Community Assets Executive Director, Michelle Kauhane, appointed by Governor to serve as Deputy Director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; new HCA Director named
Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly
June 27, 2011

HONOLULU – Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced the following appointments to the Abercrombie Administration:

  • Michelle Kauhane as Deputy to the Chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission  Jan Gouveia as Deputy Director of the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS)Ms. Kauhane completes the three-person team — all are current or former Hawaiian homestead residents — leading the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), joining Hawaiian Homes Commission Chairman Alapaki Nahale-a and Chief of Staff M. Waialeale Sarsona.  Ms. Kauhane is a resident of the Kaupea Hawaiian homestead community in Kapolei.  More.

Meet Jeff Gilbreath, HCA's new Executive Director, and read more HCA news here

RUPCO Wins NYSERDA Award to Spur Energy Efficiency in Hudson Valley
Partners with Westchester County Agency on $600,000 Program

June 9, 2011

Kingston, NY  12401  --  June 9, 2011  --  Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) has been selected to receive Green Jobs - Green New York funding totaling approximately $600,000 over two years from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to provide outreach, education, recruitment and workforce training encouraging energy efficiency in the Hudson Valley. Working with Westchester Residential Opportunities (WRO)  and more than 20 other constituency based organizations, RUPCO will  provide outreach, marketing and education services for NYSERDA and promote energy efficiency within priority communities throughout  the 10-county, Hudson Valley region.  More.

Read the press release on the NYSERDA website.

Cabrillo, NECAC, PathStone, RUPCO and Self-Help Enterprises 
$67.7 Million Awarded Through National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program

NeighborWorks America
June 7, 2011

Washington, D.C. – Today NeighborWorks America announced that $67.7 million has been awarded to 37 state housing finance agencies (HFAs), 17 HUD-approved housing counseling intermediaries, and 84 community-based NeighborWorks organizations to provide counseling to families and individuals facing the threat of foreclosure. More.

List of awardees and amounts awarded is available here.

Funding for needy facing ax
The Advertiser-Tribune
June 3, 2011

Cuts in the state budget may have a negative effect on services for the poor and homeless of Seneca County.  Earlier this week, members of the Ohio Senate amended the budget bill, cutting 10 percent a year from the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, which serves housing needs of homeless people, low-income senior citizens, people with disabilities, military veterans and working families. . . In a news release, Bill Faith, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, said the amendment is "unacceptable." . . . 

At the local level, the Ohio Housing Trust Fund provides assets to two programs administered through WSOS Community Action Commission Inc.  WSOS Development Coordinator Cheryl Denny, who serves on the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, said WSOS is to receive $726,000 over the next two years to help 75 households with repairs and 20 households with homeless prevention. Denny said the families assisted are at or below 30 percent of the median income.  More.

NeighborWorks Umpqua (formerly Umpqua CDC)
Castles for Kids celebrates 20 years for local organization
June 1, 2011

The Umpqua Community Development Corporation (UCDC) has been in Douglas County for 20 years. To celebrate, they're doing something they have done all along: helping people.  It's called Castles for Kids. The UCDC is building two homes in two months to celebrate their two decades in business. . .  

"Children do better in a stable household," said Betty Tamm, Executive Director of the UCDC. "They do better in school, they do better socially. So, to be able to provide that for a couple of families in Douglas County is very heart warming."  More.

Self-Help Enterprises
$1m sought for study of Seville's unsafe water

The Fresno Bee
May 31, 2011

A drinking-water cleanup finally is starting in Seville, the small town north of Visalia where unsafe tap water this year attracted the attention of the United Nations.  Tulare County is asking the state for $1 million to study a possible connection to nearby Yettem, a new well and a new system of pipes for the 400 Seville residents, who have been plagued by contamination for more than a decade. . . The higher priority for funding probably was not related to the U.N. visit, said Paul Boyer of Self-Help Enterprises, a Visalia-based nonprofit group that has been assisting in the Seville effort.  "We got the news about moving up on the priority list before the U.N. came here," he said.  More.

Self-Help project in Clovis to break ground in July
The Fresno Bee
May 26, 2011

Families who are ready to put some sweat and muscles into building their own house could qualify to build a new home in Clovis this summer.  Construction is expected to begin next month on nine of 17 houses in a new subdivision at Ashlan and Fowler avenues. The project is a joint partnership between the city of Clovis and Self-Help Enterprises, a nonprofit housing agency, in Visalia.  More.

Valley self-help projects in jeopardy
The Fresno Bee
May 12, 2011

Self-help projects across the Valley could be in jeopardy if proposed federal budget cuts eliminate a rural-development housing program.

That's bad news for at least one Valley nonprofit housing agency. Self-Help Enterprises, based in Visalia, depends on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Self-Help Housing program to fund affordable housing projects for low-income and farming families.

The agency is working with Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno and Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced to save the program.  More

Dads graduate from fatherhood program

The News-Messenger
May 30, 2011

FREMONT -- Area fathers graduated May 23 from a 12-week fatherhood program operated by WSOS Community Action Commission. The group met each week for two hours to hone their skills on parenting, relationships and communication -- all skills needed to be responsible, committed and involved fathers.   More.

Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation
Little Santa Fe and Big Trailer Town

May 29, 2011

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) - Editors’ Note: Today’s article is a continuation of Frontera NorteSur’s occasional New Mexico Centennial of Statehood series that reflects on the past, present and future of the southern New Mexico borderland since 1912. This piece is the second installment of a three-part mini-series on the economic history of Dona Ana County. The article looks at contrasts in housing, community and business development, as well as the living circumstances of different groups of immigrants that found their way to Dona Ana County in recent years. . .   

. . . Although colonias like Anthony and Sunland Park experienced important strides in infrastructure development, the affordable housing crisis stayed unresolved. Low-income housing advocate and developer Rose Garcia, whose Tierra del Sol Corporation has built 6,000 units (two-thirds in Dona Ana County) since the 1970s, says the Great Recession has clobbered the communities she serves. According to Garcia, four hundred people were on Tierra del Sol’s waiting list for affordable housing in 2011.

Garcia characterizes her clients as “good, hard-working folks” who nevertheless find themselves unable to obtain conventional mortgages due to their low-income status and history of working whatever jobs they can patch together. “These jobs aren’t civil service. They’re not solid. These jobs change according to the market,” Garcia says. “It’s almost impossible to get financing. Mortgage owners won’t lend.” A related problem, she adds, has to do with predatory lenders who charge interest rates between 12-18 percent for mobile homes.  More.

See the first installment in the series here.

Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership
Home Stretch offered in Luverne
Worthington Daily Globe
May 24, 2011

LUVERNE — In conjunction with National Neighborworks Week, the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership will offer a one-day Home Stretch Workshop June 6 in Luverne.

See full notice here.

Tamaqua Area Community Partnership
Prevalence of Health Indicators - Results of a Health Needs Assessment from Tamaqua, Pennyslvania

American Public Health Association (APHA)
139th Annual Meeting and Exposition
October 29 - November 2, 2011, Washington, D.C.  

Read program abstract here and list of poster sessions here.

Impact Seven's Bill Bay speaks at dedication of Norbert B. Schmidt Villa in Park Falls, WI 
Park Falls Herald
May 19, 2011

A dedication ceremony for Norbert B. Schmidt Villa was held Sunday, May 15, at Lincoln School Apartments in Park Falls.  The project was a cooperative effort of many entities. The apartments are  managed by Impact Seven, Inc.  More.

For background on the project from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) website, see here and here

Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp. in London part of national collaborative to expand small business lending in underserved areas
The Lane Report
May 17, 2011

LONDON, Ky. (May 17, 2011) – Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp. has been selected as one of only 21 participants in a national program to help expand small business lending in underserved areas.

Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the nation’s leading network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative made the announcement today that KHIC will be part of the 10,000 Small Businesses CDFI Growth Collaborative.

“By participating in this small business growth collaborative, Kentucky Highlands will strengthen our capacity to lend to small businesses through practical peer learning opportunities,” said Jerry Rickett, president & CEO of KHIC. “In turn, businesses across our region will benefit from new technical assistance and resources published as a result of the program.”  More.

Northern Initiatives picked for national collaborative
Public Radio 90
May 17, 2011

MARQUETTE, MI (WNMU) – Marquette business assistance organization Northern Initiatives has been picked to be part of a national educational collaborative.

The program is sponsored by the Opportunity Finance Network–a leading network of community development financial institutions–and the Goldman Sachs Group.

The CDFI Growth Collaborative is a three-year program that provides a “tuition-paid” learning program to help groups like Northern Initiatives address the needs of small businesses in underserved communities. It’s meant to strengthen participants’ capacity to lend money through peer learning opportunities.  More.

WSOS grant proposals are aimed at helping farmers

The News-Messenger
May 13, 2011

FREMONT -- The Board of Directors of WSOS Community Action Commission Inc. on Tuesday approved submission of two proposals totaling $861,495 to help farmers improve management practices, reduce soil erosion and improve water quality.  More.

Midwest Minnesota CDC 
City kicks in $10,000 for Detroit Mountain feasibility study
D-L Online
May 13, 2011

The city of Detroit Lakes has agreed to help fund a business study on the Detroit Mountain project.

After the Becker County Board failed to support the “Bring Detroit Mountain Back” group’s effort to purchase the Detroit Mountain land, the organization — called Detroit Mountain Recreation Area Inc. — has come up with Plan B.

“We’re still around and there is still a lot of support — especially in the business community,” said Mark Fritz. . .  Fritz said he and other organizers have talked to Arlen Kangas, president of the Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation, and there is an interest there as well.  The group is asking for MMCDC, the city, the county and the group itself to fund the business study, 25 percent each.   More

Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
La Quinta housing taps sun's rays for electricity
The Desert Sun
May 11, 2011

La Quinta's award-winning Wolff Waters Place, an affordable housing project, on Tuesday joined officials from the city and the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition to turn on a 173-kilowatt solar installation at the complex.

The power generated by the new system's 638 panels . . . will be the equivalent of taking 60 average-sized homes off the grid . . . The panels will shave about $30,000 a year off energy bills for the project's common areas, said John F. Mealey, executive director of the housing coalition.  The money will go toward keeping rents low and funding after-school programs and computer classes for children at the complex, he said.

Read the full article in The Desert Sun.

Coastal Enterprises
At Gilman Place, school's out, housing's in -- and so is Gov. LePage
Morning Sentinel
May 11, 2011

WATERVILLE — Gov. Paul LePage was back in his hometown Wednesday to help celebrate the opening of a $10 million affordable housing project that he supported while mayor.  Gilman Place is a 35-unit apartment building that was once Waterville High School and has been restored to historic standards.  More.

And see previous article in the Morning Sentinel.

Southern Mutual Help Association
Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing and Civic Engagement in the Gulf/Midsouth Region
Report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
May 10, 2011

Excerpt:  Rural communities in the region are not usually known to be hotbeds for social entrepreneurship and innovation. However, by necessity many organizations have been very entrepreneurial to cultivate opportunities for empowering marginalized populations in their communities. One impetus for innovation has been restricted access to traditional capital, which in turn has raised the premium on relational capital – the vital relationships that are more accessible than dollars. Southern Mutual Help Association, an organization featured in this study, utilized relational capital with nontraditional partners to cultivate financial capital that is making a lasting impact on women and children in a rural Louisiana community. . . 

The Southern Mutual Help Association (SMHA) has been working in rural communities throughout south Louisiana for more than 41 years.  For much of its history, SMHA has taken part in the political activity typical of community organizers, but its unique economic development program has become a signature component.  At the core of the organization’s work is the belief that good organizing starts with listening followed by empowerment.

Download Executive Summary, Highlights of Impact, Full Report (PDF), or order hard copy here.

Champlain Housing Trust
New group home takes shape in Burlington
Burlington Free Press
May 6, 2011

In the wake of nail-biting negotiations, hammers and nails transform a Burlington apartment into a group home for 16 adults with mental illness.

The apartment building on St. Paul Street, owned by Champlain Housing Trust, will be reconfigured to replicate the family-like atmosphere of the adults' former home  . . .  Another Catholic property in the New North End met with community resistance . . . Burlington-based nonprofit Champlain Housing Trust got wind of the standoff -- which coincided with the trust's plans to refurbish the St. Paul Street property.  "We picked up the phone and said, 'We think we have a building that might work for you guys,'" said Michael Monte, trust chief operating officer.   More.

Umpqua CDC 20th Anniversary Celebration – June 3 
Oregon Opportunity Network:
Oregon ON the Beat
May 5, 2011

See announcement here.

PathStone looks to city for grant
May 4, 2011

Canandaigua, N.Y. — The city is considering submitting an application for a state grant on behalf of Thompson Apartments, in order to help renovate the interior of the 42-unit low-income senior housing building.  

Melanie Caudill of PathStone Corporation, which owns the complex, said that the hope is to apply for the maximum amount of $400,000, in an effort to get the building renovated without raising rent.  “We’re trying to focus on health and safety needs,” Caudill said, with most of the funds going toward roofing repairs.  More.

Rural Providers Conference comes to Dillingham
Dutch Harbor Fisherman
May 3, 2011

For the first time in its 28 year history, the Rural Providers Conference is coming to Dillingham, and the Southwest Alaska community of some 2,400 residents is ready to show an estimated 300 participants some real hospitality, Bristol Bay style.

The conference attracts service providers, youth, elders and family members there to share and gain information and training in how to address substance abuse issues in culturally significant ways. This year's theme is "Wellness: The Circle of Life."

The 2011 conference, running from May 30 through June 3, is jointly sponsored by the Rural Alaska Community Action Program and the Bristol Bay Native Association.   More.

Lancaster, PA HDC Goes Regional
Lancaster Commercial
May 2, 2011

The past few months have been busy ones for Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic, bringing a major expansion and a name change to the 40-year-old Lancaster nonprofit.  The group, commonly known as HDC, employs 130 people and it owns and manages roughly 3,000 affordable rental-housing units in 11 Pennsylvania counties.  A major part of that tally, as well as geographic reach, is thanks to a February deal HDC made with Pasadena, Calif-based Everest Properties.  The agreement added five properties — containing about 750 units — 20 employees and three counties under the HDC umbrella. It was HDC’s largest single-deal expansion, HDC President Michael Carper said.   More.

MACED Wins East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Award
New Hazard Location is Open for Business
May 2, 2011

Hazard, KY — The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) has received the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Outstanding Organization of the Year Award. The award recognizes groups that provide a needed service, whose work is inspirational and represents some of the best of the region. The contribution of award winners must have broad appeal and impact on eastern Kentucky with strong ties to the area.

MACED President Justin Maxson said, “Our staff and board are delighted to receive this recognition. We have been creating economic opportunities for people and places in need throughout Appalachian Kentucky for 35 years and are honored to accept this award for that work."  More.

To see award winners from previous years, visit East Kentucky Leadership Foundation.

Wilson Community Improvement Association
Rebuilding Genesis Hills

The Wilson Times
April 21, 2011

SNOW HILL — In the wake of Saturday’s F3 tornado, 40 homes were destroyed in Greene County. Nearly half of them were in the Genesis Hills subdivision, off N.C. 13, in Snow Hill.

“They were first-time homeowners,” said Barbara Blackston, executive director of Wilson Community Improved Association. “It is devastating.”  WCIA is a nonprofit that offers an array of services addressing community issues, including affordable housing and home ownership and counseling. . . The subdivision was developed roughly 10 years ago after the organization was asked to provide services to the Greene County community to help in the 1999 flood disaster recovery efforts following Hurricane Floyd.

“Genesis Hills is not just a neighborhood but a community,” Blackston said.  More (link to cached article).

Pearl River Valley Opportunity
USDA Rural Development
April 21, 2011

Washington, DC, Apr 21, 2011 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced support for projects to improve the quality of life in rural communities across the country.

“USDA’s support for these projects reflects our commitment to ensuring that rural communities can create jobs, attract businesses and provide necessary services to their residents,” Vilsack said. “USDA Rural Development continues to work with rural communities to help them develop quality health care services, modern library facilities and school buildings, and reliable first responder equipment and services to ensure that people who live in rural areas have access to critical infrastructure.”

The 135 projects in 40 states, Puerto Rico and the Western Pacific are being financed through $234 million in loans and grants from USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program. Eligible projects include essential community facilities for public use in rural areas such as fire protection, safety, health care, education and many other community needs. . . 

Pearl River Valley Opportunity, Inc. – $3,000,000 direct loan to build a new Head Start center . . .

Read entire news release here.

Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership
‘The Sleepout’ to raise awareness on homelessness
Marshall Independent
April 12, 2011

Imagine having nowhere to call home - nowhere to feel safe. Nowhere to keep your things. Nowhere to take shelter from a storm.

For some people in this very community, homelessness is a reality. Countless others may face similar displacement struggles at some point in their life. With that in mind, organizers have planned a community event, "The Sleepout," Friday at Liberty Park in Marshall. . . "It'll give people a small taste of what it's like to be homeless, to struggle to get food and shelter," said Justin Vorbach, Sleepout committee member [also supportive housing specialist for Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership]. "The idea is that people will fast so there'll be no meal served. For the rest of their life, when they hear about homelessness, they'll probably remember that experience of being cold and hungry."  More.

Franklin County CDC
Local Food: Building Our Delicious Future
April 6, 2011

Greenfield, Mass. - John Waite, Director of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Greenfield, gave a presentation April 6, 2011, at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield, "Local Food:  Building a Delicious Future".  The occasion was convened by the Pioneer Valley Institute (PVI) in partnership with the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee.

Waite engaged the audience in a dialogue with local farmers, food processors, schools, and businesses to explore the rich potential of the Pioneer Valley soils and the vision and creativity of farmers and business people.   The meeting also addressed how the demand for healthy food is fueling a revolution that reaches far beyond new farming techniques like permaculture, organic and nutrient-dense farming, to new systems and businesses that will help residents avoid some of the impacts of spiraling fossil fuel costs and the effects of climate change while reconnecting them with what the Pioneer Valley can offer.

See original meeting notice posted here.

EPA Recognizes the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition as a National Leader in ENERGY STAR Affordable Housing
March 30, 2011

Indio, Calif. - The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) today announced that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Project Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy with the 2011 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing. CVHC will be presented with this distinguished national honor at an awards ceremony April 12th at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC.

"More than 3,000 low and very low income families in Riverside and Imperial counties enjoy the benefits of energy-efficient and ENERGY STAR-certified homes developed by CVHC," said John Mealey, Executive Director of CVHC. "By incorporating ENERGY STAR standards into the Mutual Self Help homes and rental units we build, CVHC promotes energy efficiency and sustainable construction practices to benefit our families and our planet."

Read the full press release.

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Fayette revitalization efforts hailed at forum
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
March 28, 2011

Community revitalization efforts in Fayette County were highlighted as part of a symposium Thursday sponsored by the New York-based Local Initiatives Support Corp.  Since 2000, LISC, through its Rural LISC program, has invested more than $6.8 million in the county through a partnership with the Fayette County Community Action Agency.  Over the past decade, projects involving the partners have led to $62 million worth of development in the county.  

The symposium yesterday on rural Pennsylvania focused on Fayette County and the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership in Schuylkill County.  "They're basically the places we're using as our testing ground for building sustainable communities," said Joe Yarzebinski, senior program director for Rural LISC.

James Stark, the Fayette County agency's chief executive officer, said the greater Uniontown area struggles with higher poverty and unemployment rates than the rest of the state, with about 22 percent of residents eligible for food stamp assistance and 26 percent eligible for medical assistance from the government.

Read the full Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article.

Pathfinder Services
Local leaders need to get involved in the community, Huntington hears
Indiana Economic Digest
March 24, 2011

If we want our community to be healthy, then its citizens need to step up to the plate and engage in civic participation and action, according to John Niederman, who made the exhortation Wednesday during the Huntington University Leadership Luncheon.

Niederman, the president of Pathfinder Services, Inc., shared his experiences, philosophy and vision for leadership in Huntington County and issued a challenge to the community’s leaders to create a leadership structure that “identifies and then works to strengthen the social and physical assets that are important to future growth and stability.”  More.

Central Missouri Community Action launches capital campaign
Boonville Daily News
March 22, 2011

Boonville — Central Missouri Community Action recently released plans for a capital campaign to raise funds for site improvements to its Boonville Head Start facility. . . . Central Missouri Community Action has been in Boonville since 1965, providing hundreds of children and families with a variety of services to improve their economic stability including support in areas such as Basic Needs, Lifelong Learning, Asset Development and Community Engagement.  More.

CAP Services
Simulation at St. Bernard Parish Hall demonstrates challenges of living in poverty . . . shows how the poor live in state of 'chronic crisis'
Appleton Post Crescent
March 21, 2011

About 60 people gathered Sunday in the St. Bernard Parish Hall to explore what it means to be "locked in poverty." . . . 

The workshop was conducted by CAP Services, an anti-poverty community action agency that, through education, jobs, housing and other services, helps low-income residents become economically and emotionally self-sufficient.

"We also do community education," said Betsy Rozelle, project development coordinator, in opening Sunday's simulation.

Read the full article in the Appleton Post Crescent.

South County Housing
Officials to hold groundbreaking for affordable units

Hollister Free Lance
March 16, 2011

On March 21, Hollister officials will celebrate the groundbreaking of Gateway Palms Apartments, a community of affordable new apartments in Hollister developed by local nonprofit South County Housing. The ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. at Fourth Street and Westside Boulevard, according to a statement from South County Housing.  More.

All Systems Go for Four Directions Development Corp.
Indian Country Today Media Network
March 16, 2011

Four Directions Development Corporation has a lot to celebrate. What started 10 years ago as a one-person operation in a corner of a home with a loan budget of around $250,000 is now a thriving Community Development Corporation and Community Development Financial Institution (CDC/CDFI) with tax-exempt status, headquarters in Orono, Maine and a branch office in Bangor, eight full-time employees, six consultants and an annual operating and loan budget of more than $2 million.

Four Directions has made more than $7 million in loans to members of Maine’s four Wabanaki nations—the Passamaquoddy Tribe (representing two reservations), the Penobscot Indian Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseets and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs.  More.

Hinchey working to provide relief to working families

March 8, 2011

KINGSTON, N.Y. -- "There's no question that our working middle class, our working low income families are struggling. And we're seeing it in a number of programs that we're involved with. Our Homeless Prevention Program, our Foreclosure Prevention. We just opened up our waiting list for Section 8 and had over 1,400 applications in just four short weeks," explained Kevin O'Connor, the Executive Director of RUPCO.  More.

Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership
HOPE Award Finalists Are Committed to Helping Achieve and Sustain Minority Home Ownership
March 4, 2011

WASHINGTON (March 4, 2011) – Despite the many barriers to home ownership, there are individuals and organizations across the country who are dedicated to helping minority families achieve and sustain their dreams of buying and owning a home. The 16 finalists for the 2011 HOPE Awards (Home Ownership Participation for Everyone) were selected for their commitment to helping minority home buyers minimize and overcome barriers to owning a home, forever enhancing and changing their lives.  More.

Facing foreclosure? There are remedies but you need to act quickly
March 3, 2011

“Come see me early.”  That’s the first thing housing counselor Dan Beveridge tells anyone facing mortgage troubles. “There are a whole lot of things to know, and your neighbors aren’t going to tell you.”  Beveridge is the foreclosure expert at the Community Housing and Credit Counseling Center in Chico, an offshoot of the nonprofit Community Housing Improvement Program that counsels the credit-challenged at no cost.  More.

Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation
Hard-hit houseboat industry looks to a future on land
Lexington Herald-Leader / McClatchy
February 14, 2011

SOMERSET, Ky. — An effort to revitalize the state's beleaguered houseboat industry is set to begin with construction of the prototype of a product for land instead of lake.  The idea is to build energy-efficient modular homes on the same factory lines that normally produce luxury houseboats. . . . The Wayne County houseboat factory has participated in the development of the idea and will build the first two prototypes.  Those will be set up in Monticello and Whitley County, which each received a $125,000 federal grant to finance the prototypes, said Stephen Taylor, development director for Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp.  More.

RUPCO helping first-time homebuyers
Daily Freeman
February 9, 2011

KINGSTON — The Rural Ulster Preservation Co. has announced two free programs designed to help Ulster County residents who are trying to become first-time homebuyers.  On Thursday, RUPCO will host an open house at its NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center. On Feb. 16, RUPCO will join with the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union to present a free seminar on home buying at the Courtyard by Marriott on Frank Sottile Boulevard in the town of Ulster.  Both events are intended to introduce the programs and services that are available to help potential homeowners navigate the process of finding and financing a home.   More.

Southern Mutual Help Association
Great effort for West End, the city

The Daily Iberian
January 23, 2011

What great news it was, for West End and for all of New Iberia, to read in last Sunday’s paper about two different efforts going on simultaneously that will provide new, affordable homes, for families in that area.

The First United Methodist Church purchased three abandoned properties which will be renovated to provide housing for people who could not otherwise afford it. . .  

In that same story we read how several blocks away, Southern Mutual Help Association was behind an effort to see five new homes built on Field, Lombard and Courrege streets.  “We’re also raising dollars to lower that price even more to make it very conducive for residents wishing to buy homes and live in a redeveloping community,” said Southern Mutual CEO Lorna Bourg.   More.

Laconia Area Community Land Trust
Chamber’s Golden Hammer Award for Lochmere Meadows
LACLT Thresholds Newsletter
Winter 2011

The Land Trust was recently awarded the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Hammer Award for Lochmere Meadows Apartments in Tilton. . . The Golden Hammer Award recognizes excellence in new construction.  More.

Also see The Laconia Daily Sun, February 1, 2011, Pages 16-17.

Mercy Housing and Human Development
Health care clinic opens in rural Mississippi
January 15, 2011

The new Coastal Family Health Center opened this week in D'Iberville, a community of 7,600 on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. A joint project of Coastal Family Health Center and Rural LISC partner Mercy Housing and Human Development, the much needed clinic is making health care available to everyone. "It's affordable healthcare if you don't have insurance. We take any kind of insurance and we also take private pay, so if you don't have insurance we scale it to your income so that it's very affordable," said Cathy Dumal, Coastal Family Health Center's Special Projects Director.

Read about the center on the WLOX website.

Watch the TV News report on the WLOX website.

RUPCO helping first-time homebuyers
Daily Freeman
February 9, 2011

KINGSTON — The Rural Ulster Preservation Co. has announced two free programs designed to help Ulster County residents who are trying to become first-time homebuyers.

On Thursday, RUPCO will host an open house at its NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center.

On Feb. 16, RUPCO will join with the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union to present a free seminar on home buying at the Courtyard by Marriott on Frank Sottile Boulevard in the town of Ulster.

Both events are intended to introduce the programs and services that are available to help potential homeowners navigate the process of finding and financing a home.   More.

FCCAA taking steps to improve Uniontown
Herald Standard
January 28, 2011

Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc. (FCCAA), a Rural LISC partner CDC in Uniontown, PA, recently led representatives from community groups in a discussion about developing a unified vision for "building sustainable communities" in Uniontown. About 20 people attended a meeting at the East End United Community Center to review the history and collaboration of sustainable communities, report on last year's progress and review a draft for a quality of life plan and vision for Uniontown.

Read the full article on the Herald Standard site.

Southern Mutual Help Association
Great effort for West End, the city
The Daily Iberian
January 23, 2011

What great news it was, for West End and for all of New Iberia, to read in last Sunday’s paper about two different efforts going on simultaneously that will provide new, affordable homes, for families in that area.

The First United Methodist Church purchased three abandoned properties which will be renovated to provide housing for people who could not otherwise afford it. . .  

In that same story we read how several blocks away, Southern Mutual Help Association was behind an effort to see five new homes built on Field, Lombard and Courrege streets.  “We’re also raising dollars to lower that price even more to make it very conducive for residents wishing to buy homes and live in a redeveloping community,” said Southern Mutual CEO Lorna Bourg.   More.

Laconia Area Community Land Trust
Chamber’s Golden Hammer Award for Lochmere Meadows
LACLT Thresholds Newsletter
Winter 2011

The Land Trust was recently awarded the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Hammer Award for Lochmere Meadows Apartments in Tilton. . . The Golden Hammer Award recognizes excellence in new construction.  More.

Also see The Laconia Daily Sun, February 1, 2011, Pages 16-17.

Mercy Housing and Human Development
New healthcare clinic to open in D'Iberville
January 9, 2011

The new Coastal Family Health Center opened this week in D'Iberville, a community of 7,600 on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. A joint project of Coastal Family Health Center and Rural LISC partner Mercy Housing and Human Development, the much needed clinic is making health care available to everyone. "It's affordable healthcare if you don't have insurance. We take any kind of insurance and we also take private pay, so if you don't have insurance we scale it to your income so that it's very affordable," said Cathy Dumal, Coastal Family Health Center's Special Projects Director.

Read about the center on the WLOX website.

Watch the TV News report on the WLOX website.