USDA Rural Development California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann today highlighted more than $10 million invested in three California communities to support health care, transportation and vocational projects. Funds were provided through the agency’s Community Facilities Direct Loan Program.
“These investments represent USDA’s ongoing commitment to support California’s rural communities,” said Vann. “Together with local leaders we are helping improve quality-of-life projects that are critical for a healthy and thriving community.
The Central Valley Opportunity Center (CVOC) in Winton, Calif. received a $900,000 loan to build three new classroom buildings for their vocational education services. CVOC provides a variety of education and training services to help prepare clients in Madera, Merced and Stanislaus Counties for stable employment. The new buildings will allow CVOC to consolidate from several leased facilities and generate savings for the nonprofit.
In Monterey County, the Monterey-Salinas Transit District received a $5 million loan to construct a new bus storage and maintenance facility in King City, Calif. The new facility will be located on a nearly 5 acre site, and will include four buildings and parking for 40 buses. This project will allow the district to create more efficiencies in their operations and allow them to better meet future transit demands for the rural communities in southern Monterey County. Additionally, the project is expected to create up to 40 jobs.
West Side Health Care District in Taft, Calif. received a $5 million loan in order to expand their health clinic from 2,800 square feet to 12,800 square feet. The new facility will add nine examination rooms, two larger procedure rooms, a holding and recovery room, and an operational support space. The clinic offers primary care and walk-in services year round in Taft and surrounding Kern County areas, and patient visits are expecting to increase significantly with this expansion.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for USDA Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally and state-recognized Native American tribes. Applicants and projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less. There is no limit on the size of the loans.
Nationally, USDA announced earlier this week more than $237 million for 119 projects to improve, strengthen, and build essential community facilities in rural communities across 29 states.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business developments; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/ca and follow us on Twitter @CaliforniaRD.