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Apply Now for Rural Development Director

Wisconsin Community Action Program Assn., Inc. (WISCAP) is looking for a Rural Development Director (100% FTE) to work in WISCAP’s main office in Madison, Wisconsin. WISCAP administers the Rural Community Assistance Program and other water/wastewater and community development programs. The RCAP Rural Development Director position job provides technical assistance to small, low-income rural communities and Native American tribes on water/wastewater facility development, financial management, record-keeping and reporting and provides technical assistance to utility and community staff, community and tribal leaders and may act as a liaison between the community, funding sources, engineering firms and other entities. Contract administration and staff supervision are also required of this position.

A complete Position Description is available upon request.

A Bachelor’s Degree, minimum of 3 years of program management experience and computer skills are required. Must be licensed by the State of Wisconsin as a Certified Water Operator or a Professional Engineer. Additional knowledge of USDA Rural Development and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is helpful. Travel is required. A valid Wisconsin Driver’s License and a dependable, insured vehicle are needed.

Mail resume to: WISCAP, Attn.: Director of Administration, 1310 Mendota Street, Suite 107, Madison, WI 53214 or email to wiscap@wiscap.org with the job title in the subject line of all e-mails.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 9, 2016.

Housing Remains Priority for Central Wisconsin Community Action Council

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l. to r. – Robert Fait, Bank of Mauston Board of Directors; Roxanne Shragal, Bank of Mauston Administrative Assistant; Michael Lindert, Bank of Mauston President; Charlie Krupa – CWCAC Board Vice President; JK Walsh, Bank of Mauston Vice President; Fred Hebert, CWCAC Executive Director

Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc. (CWCAC, Inc.) continues to pursue development of affordable housing. The agency was awarded a grant of $412,000 from the Division of Housing & Energy in September for building a single-level linear structure in the City of Mauston. At the request and endorsement of Juneau County Human Services Department and the Director, Scott Ethun, CWCAC, Inc. will construct a ten-apartment building consisting of eight (1) bedroom units and two (2) bedroom units. Tenants will be referred from the counties Community Support Program and Families in Transition.

Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc. purchased two large lots within the City of Mauston; one will be for this project, the other eventually for an office building. In addition to grant funding, the Bank of Mauston will provide a mortgage to ensure construction funding. Total cost is budgeted at $654,000.  Construction will begin this fall with completion expected in the spring of 2017.

Bill Brown, WISCAP Rural Development Director 1992-2016, Passes Away

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There are hundreds of thousands of low-income individuals in Wisconsin (13% of the state’s population); individuals attempting to get a leg up on the ladder to self-sufficiency. There are also hundreds of low-income communities in our state – most very small and very rural – also reaching for self-sufficiency in their ability to provide even basic services to their residents. Basic services, for example, such as safe and efficient water and wastewater systems.

For twenty-four years, Bill Brown served as WISCAP’s resource to these communities. He came to WISCAP in June of 1992 to set-up, organize and implement federally-funded water and wastewater systems for these very rural and very small Wisconsin communities. Over the years, these services grew and expanded. As WISCAP’s Rural Development Director, Bill grew a staff; a very efficient staff and one well-accepted in the communities in which they worked. Bill developed strong working relationships with Wisconsin’s eleven Native American tribes, opening doors of trust and cooperation for many essential services that continue to this day. He kept pushing us all to look at expanding the Rural Development Department’s scope to include provision of other essential community services, helping small towns, villages and unincorporated units to have fair access at Community Development Block Grants and other public programming to improve living conditions in their communities.
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Community Action, Inc.’s First Choice Health Center

Rock County ranks fourth in Wisconsin in the level of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). First Choice Health Center, a program of Community Action, Inc., is hosting a free testing clinic in Janesville on August 31 to help reduce those numbers.

The racial disparity among those suffering from STIs is even more striking. The Rock County Health Department reports that while African-Americans make up roughly 5% of the county’s population, African-Americans account for 25% of the chlamydia cases, 57% of the gonorrhea cases and 66% of the co-infection cases (two STIs at the same time).

“African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by sexually transmitted infections in the United States,” says Marc Perry, director of community programs at Community Action, Inc. “That’s all the more reason why it is critical that everyone gets tested and knows their status. When you get tested, you take control of your reproductive health.” Continue Reading

Grace Jones Receives Housing Excellence Award

Grace Jones, Executive Director of Couleecap, the Community Action Agency serving La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon and Crawford Counties in western Wisconsin, was awarded the prestigiGraceous Charles M. Hill, Sr. Award for Housing Excellence at the 2016 A Home for Everyone statewideaffordable housing conference.

The Charles M. Hill, Sr. Award for Housing Excellence is given to an individual who has displayed a long-term commitment to the provision of affordable housing and had a lasting influence on the advancement of affordable housing in Wisconsin. Ms. Jones was honored for her tireless efforts to fight poverty and promote self-sufficiency; for leading innovative efforts to provide housing for those most in need; for her passionate commitment to develop programs to serve the homeless in her community; and for her collaborative spirit in addressing community challenges.

“It is such an honor to be selected for an award named after one of my housing heroes, Chuck Hill” said Ms. Jones. “This work is so important and makes such a fundamental and lasting impact on the families we help.”

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Affordable Housing consists of community-based organizations, private concerns, government agencies and advocates committed to promoting the development and preservation of affordable housing throughout Wisconsin. The Collaborative organizes the annual A Home for Everyone conference to provide a public forum for the purpose of focusing on these issues for low-income families and individuals. This year’s conference was the Collaborative’s 20th such effort.

For more information about Couleecap and its programs, visit www.couleecap.org.

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