SJVRDC promotes “equity in the rural valley” at housing summit

(Left to right) Alice Rocha, business development loan officer, Northern California Community Loan Fund; Monica Palmeria, policy and programs specialist, California Coalition for Rural Housing; and Ismael Herrera, director, SJVRDC participating in a hands-on activity during the 4th Annual San Joaquin Valley Affordable Housing Summit.

The 4th Annual San Joaquin Valley Affordable Housing Summit, Re-Imagining the ‘Big Valley’: Advancing Housing Opportunity and Equity, took place on November 3 in Bakersfield. SJVRDC director, Ismael Herrera participated in the panel, “Working Lands and Working People: Promoting Equity in the Rural Valley”. The panel included a discussion on challenges faced with advancing equity and how the work produced by organizations like SJVRDC help to close gaps rural communities are faced with.

The summit brings together community development professionals from across the state to expand the conversation around housing affordability, opportunity, and equity; and provides a space to educate and empower stakeholders to overcome housing-related challenges collectively.

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