RURAL HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FY2000 GRANTS
The California State University’s National Center for Excellence (NCE) in Fresno will receive a Rural Housing and Economic Development capacity building grant in the amount of $50,000. This award will assist the Foundation in developing the National Center of Excellence Housing and Economic Development Assistance Program. This is a pilot project to build capacity through the increase of staff at the NCE to implement housing and economic development projects in rural Fresno County. The City of Huron will be the focal point for this pilot project. The objectives of this program involves organizing housing objectives, development of farm worker housing projects and development of industrial commercial projects. The partners for this project will be The City of Huron, The California State University Foundation and USDA. Proposed leveraging for this project is $125,000.
Contact Person: Dr. Robert Segura
Grantee Address: 4910 N. Chestnut Avenue, Fresno, CA 93726-1852
Telephone Number: 559-278-0318
Habitat for Humanity Fresno, Inc. in Fresno will receive a Rural Housing and Economic Development grant in the amount of $200,000. This seed support grant will be used to conduct initial planning and feasibility analysis for a project to construct a sustainable community of low and moderate cost homes on a parcel of 75 acres in Five Points, an unincorporated community in rural western Fresno County. Partners in this venture are Edwin O’Neill and the Westside Elementary School District. Leveraging resources total $262,500 for this project.
Contact Person: David James
Grantee Address: 2219 San Joaquin, Fresno, CA 93721
Telephone Number: 559-237-4102
North Fork Community Development Council, Inc. in North Fork is receiving a Rural Housing and Economic Development grant in the amount of $455,800. This innovative activities grant will go toward implementing the North Fork Mill Site Reuse Plan. This plan calls for the redevelopment of an abandoned lumber mill, which closed in 1994. The Organization plans to deconstruct the mill and remove all old buildings on the site in preparation for new development. To enhance the site, they propose to design and construct an expansion of the existing wastewater treatment and disposal system to serve the low income area of South Fork and a low income housing project being implemented by the Rancheria. The Residents of the community are the North Fork Mono Indian Rancheria. The project will provide job training and location services for 45 Welfare to Work participants. It is estimated that 50 jobs will be created over the next three years as businesses begin to locate on the site. The water facility will benefit the 50 unit low income housing project being implemented by the North Fork Mono Rancheria.
Key partners include: North Fork Mono Rancheria, Madera County Board of Supervisors, Madera County Engineering and General Services Department, the Madera County Privatge Industry Council, Madera County Department of Social Services, the Materials for the Future Foundation, the Carpenters Local Union 70, USDA Rural Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Trade and Commerce Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, Madera Economic Development Commission and the United States Forest Service. Leveraging resources total $1,321,368 for this project.
Contact Person: John Barry Vesser
Grantee Address: P. O. Box 1484, 57839 Road 225, North Fork, CA 93643
Telephone Number: 559-877-2244
Walking Shield American Indian Society of Orange will receive a Rural Housing and Economic Development Innovative Activities grant in the amount of $500,000. The funding will be used to manage, coordinate and direct the Operation Walking Shield Program. The existing program involves the relocation of 292 housing units from Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota and Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana to ten different American Indian Tribes. Twelve new homes will also be constructed on two reservations. Total homes involved in this half of the project is 304 units. Since 1999, 261 homes have been relocated. The partners and contributors for this project are: U.S. Air Mobility Command, U.S. Space Command, U.S. Army Reserves, U.S. Navy Seabees, Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe of North Dakota, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, in North Dakota as well as a host of other Tribes involved in this venture. The total cost of this endeavor is $17,099,900 which includes this award.
Contact Person: Dennis M. Wynott
Grantee Address: 628 North Eckhoff Street, Orange, CA 92868
Phone Number: 714-978-6013
The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians in Thermal will receive a Rural Housing and Economic Development Innovative Activities grant in the amount of $600,000. This applicant in partnership with LINC Housing Corporation of Long Beach, CA proposes to develop and operate the Torres Martinez Farmworker and Migrant Housing Village. The project will create a 330 space mobile home park for permanent resident farmworkers and their families. This project will be built on a 40 acre parcel of Reservation Land of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians. Leveraging resources and in-kind commitments total $5,470,000.
The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians will also receive a Rural Housing and Economic Development grant in the amount of $50,000. This capacity building award will be used to assist in the development of the Torres Martinez Farmworker and Migrant Housing Training Project. This training project will be useful in providing training and management opportunities for low income Tribal members, for the purpose of managing the Torres Martinez Farmworker and Migrant Housing Village. The mobile home park project located in Riverside County Empowerment Zone will provide housing for the migrant farmworkers and their families The creation of this management training project will increase the Tribe’s ability to leverage funding for other training projects. The skills training program which is a tribally operated program will be open to all Tribal members. Classes on construction skills has placed approximately 75 members in construction jobs throughout the Coachella Valley.
Partners involved in this venture are the Catholic Charities, LINC Housing Corporation, local school district, Riverside County Employment Development Agency. Leveraging resources total $32,300 for this project.
Contact Person: Mary E. Belardo
Grantee Address: P. O. Box 1160, Thermal, CA 92274
Telephone Number: 760-397-8144
The Self-Help Enterprises (SHE), in Visalia will receive a Rural Housing and Economic Development Grant in the amount of $100,000. This capacity building award will be used to hire a qualified staff person to enhance the applicants housing and community development efforts. The targeted communities are Cutler, Tulare County and Planada, Merced County, CA. These communities consist primarily of Hispanic farmworker families who work seasonally in the surrounding area. The applicant proposes to leverage $53,000 in private resources.
Contact Person: Peter Carey
Grantee Address: P. O. Box 351, Visalia, CA 93279
Telepone Number: 559-651-1000 ext. 601
The Rural California Housing Corporation, West Sacramento will receive a Rural Housing and Economic Development grant in the amount of $50,000. This capacity building grant will assist the organization in improving the living conditions of low income families. The proposal will ensure that RCHC has the internal capacity to move projects forward quickly for the benefit of California farmworkers who are in great need of decent housing. To this end, the RCHC proposes to hire a qualified staff person to oversee the activities of constructing two farmworker housing developments. Partners in this endeavor are: Rural Community Assistance Corporation, The State Department of Housing and Community Development, Home Help for Hispanic Mothers, Mercy Charities Housing in California, Colusa County Migrant Farm Housing, Colusa Health Services, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. Proposed leveraging $72,655.
Contact Person: Nilda Valmores
Grantee Address: 3120 Freeboard Drive, Suite 202, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Telephone Number: 916-414-4475