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Coachella Valley Housing Coalition secures financing to build two apartment complexes for farmworkers

June 15, 2017
Indio, CA – The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) is proud to announce that it has secured the necessary financing to begin construction on 149 multi-family affordable housing apartments for farmworkers in the rural and agricultural community of Mecca, California and in the city of Indio, California.  The last layer of financing came with two separate awards of Low Income Housing Tax Credits ...

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Coachella Valley Housing Coalition named one of 2016’s Top 50 Developers of Affordable Housing

June 1, 2017
Rural LISC is pleased report that our longtime California partner, Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC), was named one of 2016’s Top 50 Developers of Affordable Housing in the United States. Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) magazine gave this honor to 50 developers who collectively hold more than 25,630 affordable housing units nationwide.
With headquarters in Indio, Calif., CVHC is ...

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Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers of 2016

April 23, 2017
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE
Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers of 2016
The NRP Group tops the list after starting construction on 1,798 units last year.
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COACHELLA VALLEY HOUSING COALITION
45701 Monroe St., Suite G.; Indio, CA 92201
(760) 347-3157 | www.cvhc.org
Two goals for the nonprofit in 2017 are to complete a 138-unit development for homeless veterans and to build over 100 single-family affordable ...

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Press Release

April 21, 2017
Coachella Valley Housing Coalition Amongst Top 50 Developers of Affordable Housing in U.S.
INDIO, CA, April 21, 2017 – Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) magazine has named the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition as one of the top 50 developers of affordable housing in the United States. Together, the Top 50 hold more than 25,630 affordable housing units across the country. To be considered for the AHF 50, 110 firms ...

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Finding Solutions to the Affordable Housing Shortage

March 6, 2017
 
by Carolyn Coleman
Patty Chan/Shutterstock.com
Housing affordability is an urgent issue in California, where a majority of renters (over 3 million households) pay more than 30 percent of their income toward rent and nearly one-third (over 1.5 million households) spend more than 50 percent of their income on rent. In addition, California’s homeownership rates are at the lowest point since the 1940s. That’s ...

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BIGHORN Cares funds 47 non-profits with $450,000 in grants

March 4, 2017
Theresa Maggio, Special to The Desert Sun 10:02 a.m. PT March 4, 2017
BIGHORN Cares celebrates with members and representatives from 47 non-profits who received $450,000 in grants.(Photo: Mark Davidson/Special to The Desert Sun)
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Excitement raced through everyone's veins in The Vault at BIGHORN earlier this month. In part, this was because the attendees represented the 47 non-profits ...

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Farmworkers are getting older. But after retirement, hardships await

February 22, 2017
Workers are staying in the fields longer as the farm labor force shrinks, but for many, retirement is marked by financial insecurity and health challenges.
Rosalie Murphy , The Desert Sun
Photos by Omar Ornelas | Published Feb. 22, 2017
Manuel Robles Arambula was 14 when he caught a train from Jalisco, Mexico to a border town in Arizona. It was the summer of 1948, and the teenager had no trouble finding work ...

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Unpermitted living quarters a hazard in Coachella, but are fueled by lack of affordable housing

January 6, 2017
Anna Rumer , The Desert Sun Published 12:07 p.m. PT Jan. 6, 2017 | Updated 3:02 p.m. PT Jan. 6, 2017
 
The last person in Tony Montano's Coachella home to shower gets the "rancho" experience, he jokes -- cold, short and generally unpleasant. So he, his brother and the tenant they found online have a rotating bathing schedule to make the experience equitable.
The three-bedroom, two-bath home the trio ...

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Former Congressional candidate to lead affordable housing developer

December 19, 2016
Rosalie Murphy , The Desert Sun 6 a.m. PST December 19, 2016
Esteban Gutierrez and his wife Margarita Valente will finally reach their "American Dream" of owning a home with the help of the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition. (Photo: J. Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun )Buy Photo
The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition, the desert's largest affordable housing developer — and one of its largest developers of any kind, ...

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'Unlikely' partnerships bring unexpected benefits

November 17, 2016
 Coachella Valley Housing Coalition has discovered that partnering with "unlikely bedfellows" has multiple benefits for residents.
One of those is the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which has partnered with Coachella (Indio, California) to host a summer tennis camp for children age 6-17. Since its start in 2000, the program has introduced more than 765 children to the sport.
Julie Bornstein, Coachella's executive director, ...

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12 hard-working Desert Hot Springs families to receive the keys to their newly built homes

September 27, 2016
Press Release
Coachella, CA – Twenty-one happy families will gather with friends and family around newly finished kitchens and living rooms this holiday season to honor the hard work and dedication they have invested into the construction of their new homes, their new community and their promising new futures. On November 23rd, 21 proud families join more than 800 families who have already built their own ...

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The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition and local volunteers to help build Community Gardens in Indio as part of its Healthy Housing Initiative

September 8, 2016
Press Release 
 
The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition and local volunteers to help build Community Gardens in Indio as part of its Healthy Housing Initiative
Indio, Calif. – The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) has received a $15,200 grant from Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Rural LISC) to support its Volunteer-Driven Community Gardens Program ...

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Obama Administration Announces Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative

July 19, 2016
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
July 19, 2016
FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative
Please click HERE to view a video on Access to Solar Panels featuring President Obama
President Obama is committed to ensuring that every American family can choose to go solar and to cut their energy bills – and ...

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Migrants fuel grape industry, yet sleep on Southern California's streets

July 14, 2016
Thousands of migrant farmworkers live in Coachella Valley parks and parking lots every spring because there isn’t enough housing for them.
Story by Gustavo Solis | Photos by Omar Ornelas | July 14, 2016
Retirement doesn’t suit Martin Garcia.
The 82-year-old owns a home in Perris but he prefers to sleep in a F-150 while working as a grape picker in triple digit heat in Mecca.
“I don’t stop working,” ...

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Press Release

July 1, 2016
 
Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
45-701 MONROE STREET, SUITE G  INDIO, CA 92201  TELEPHONE (760) 347-3157  FACSIMILE (760) 342-6466  WWW.CVHC.ORG
Press Release
For Immediate Release
Date: July 1, 2016
Contact: Celina Miller, (760) 347-3157 or cmiller@cvhc.org
Groundbreaking on New Homes in Coachella
L-R Riverside County Supervisor (District 4) John J. Benoit; Congressional District 36, City of Coachella, ...

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Press Release

June 24, 2016
 
Press Release
For Immediate Release Date: June 24, 2016
Contact: Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
Celina Miller
(760) 347-3157 cmiller@cvhc.org
COACHELLA VALLEY HOUSING COALITION AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO 73 STUDENTS
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Presented at the John F. Mealey College Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony & Luncheon
Pictured: 2016 John F. Mealey College Scholarship Fund Program Recipients
Indio, ...

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National NeighborWorks® Association Announces Excellence Awards

April 14, 2016
 
Washington, DC – April 14, 2016 – The National NeighborWorks® Association (NNA) announced last week the winners of its 12th Annual Excellence Awards – presented annually to outstanding practitioners in the field of housing and community development. The Awards were announced at the Annual NeighborWorks® Executive Directors Symposium, sponsored by Citi Community Development.
 
The ...

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Longtime affordable housing advocate to retire

March 7, 2016
 
John Mealey the founder and head of the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition plans to retire at the end of march. The non-profit he founded has built nearly 5000 affordable houses and apartments in the last 30 years. (Mar. 3, 2016)
Rosalie Murphy, The Desert Sun 11:29 a.m. PST March 7, 2016
 
 
The Pueblo Nuevo apartments in Coachella is the first built by the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition 30 years ...

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John Mealey—a lifetime of achievements in affordable housing

December 10, 2015
 
By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer
Stanley Keasling presented John Mealey with the William French Award in November to recognize his lifetime achievements of leadership in rural development, building and sustaining an organization that benefits rural communities and has a regional impact.
 
If there is one thing John Mealey would tell younger people who want to work in the helping and housing fields, it ...

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U.S.VETS – Inland Empire Hits the Ground Running

November 18, 2015
12/2/2015 U.S.VETS – Inland Empire Hits the Ground Running | U.S.VETS | United States Veterans Initiative http://www.usvetsinc.org/information­center/locations/inland­empire/u­s­vets­inland­empire­hits­the­ground­running/?utm_source=November+2015+Newslett… 1/3 By U.S.VETS Posted November 18,
 
2015 In Accomplishments, Inland Empire U.S.VETS – Inland Empire ...

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MILITARY: Officials making progress with local homeless vets

November 10, 2015
But, as the head of a nonprofit veterans group says, it’s important to “address the problems that got them homeless in the first place.”
By TOM SHERIDAN / STAFF WRITER
Published: Nov. 10, 2015 Updated: 10:52 p.m.MILITARY: Officials making progress with local homeless vets
 
A group of volunteers search for homeless veterans in Riverside in 2014. Efforts to end homelessness ...

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Message from John

November 2, 2015
 
Friends,
 
After nearly 34 years, I have decided to retire as Executive Director of the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition this coming January after several years of answering the grey haired question “When are you going to ………?” It was a tough decision but I take with me the memories of families working together to build homes for each other: self-help home owners pulling ...

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John F. Mealey awarded RCAC’s 2015 Bill French Award

October 27, 2015
West Sacramento, Calif. — Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) is pleased to announce that John F. Mealey, Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) Executive Director, is the recipient of the 2015 Bill French Award. RCAC is recognizing Mealey’s more than 30 years of service in California’s Coachella Valley to bring affordable housing to thousands of low- and very low-income families. ...

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Sweat as Currency: Families Become Home Owners by Building Their Own Homes

October 6, 2015
KCET Los Angeles 
By Miguel Angel Vazquez, AICP and Karla Martinez |
This story was produced in partnership with The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition and Building Healthy Communities in the Eastern Coachella Valley, an initiative of the California Endowment.
During his recent historic visit to the U.S., Pope Francis declared: "There is no social or moral justification, no justification whatsoever, for ...

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Six desert projects win design, construction awards

September 30, 2015
Two trendy desert home designs — featuring open floor plans, horizontal lines and indoor-outdoor space — have won Gold Nugget Grand Awards for architecture and design. Revelle at Clancy Lane, designed by Danielian Associates and built by Family Development, won a first-place prize for single-family detatched homes between 3,000 and 3,500 square feet. And the custom La Quinta home of the Schumacher family, ...

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Cuentos de Coachella

September 25, 2015
COACHELLA — Earlier this year, students from the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) joined the Land Use Planning Awareness (LUPA) Project to learn about the power of land use planning in the eastern Coachella Valley. The students chose to focus their efforts on raising awareness about the need for affordable housing in Coachella.
 
Through the LUPA Project, ...

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VETERANS: Homeless get housing help

September 25, 2015
THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
AID FOR HOMELESS VETERANS
Projects in the Inland area received nearly 30 percent of the total funds.
 
$8.2 million -- To the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition to help with the first phase of a new U.S. Vets facility on the former March Air Force Base in Moreno Valley.
$3.8 million -- To LINC Community Housing Development to build apartments on Illinois Avenue ...

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Volunteers from Home Depot finish the front yard of a home in partnership with the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition in Coachella, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

September 16, 2015
Volunteers from Home Depot finish the front yard of a home in partnership with the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition in Coachella, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015.
This happens to communities all over the state as they urbanize. Cathedral City, La Quinta and Indio were all eligible for USDA home loans once, according to the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition. But the cities grew, and now they’re out of the USDA’s ...

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Rosie Casals, Tory Fretz give youth tennis lessons

July 30, 2015
About 50 East Valley kids got some help with their tennis game Thursday morning from two tennis legends: Rosie Casals and Tory Fretz.
 
“We’re here to see what we can do to help grow tennis in the valley and expose all the kids to it, and this is a wonderful opportunity,” said Casals, who lives in the Coachella Valley, as does Fretz.
 
In addition to volunteering their time to help the kids, ...

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Coachella losing popular USDA home loan program

June 4, 2015
205 families move into new houses in Coachella. (June 4, 2015) Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun
 
More than 400 orange-clad Home Depot employees laid sod, planted succulents and painted walls in 21 Coachella homes Wednesday as part of a volunteer partnership with a local nonprofit.
The single-family houses in Coachella’s Bellissima subdivision have so far been built by the families that will move into them. ...

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Program helps Coachella families build, move into homes

June 4, 2015
Program helps Coachella families build, move into homes
205 families move into new houses in Coachella. (June 4, 2015) Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun  Paulina Rojas, The Desert Sun 10:01 p.m. PDT June 4, 2015
 
The Lemus family, from left Adriana, Leonel, Angela, Jesus and Josue (not pictured) are part of 205 families that have new homes at the Jardines housing development in Coachella. The houses were ...

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Program helps Coachella families build, move into homes

June 4, 2015
Program helps Coachella families build, move into homes
205 families move into new houses in Coachella. (June 4, 2015) Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun  Paulina Rojas, The Desert Sun 10:01 p.m. PDT June 4, 2015
 
The Lemus family, from left Adriana, Leonel, Angela, Jesus and Josue (not pictured) are part of 205 families that have new homes at the Jardines housing development in Coachella. The houses were ...

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Program helps Coachella families build, move into homes

June 4, 2015
205 families move into new houses in Coachella. (June 4, 2015) Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun  Paulina Rojas, The Desert Sun 10:01 p.m. PDT June 4, 2015
 
The Lemus family, from left Adriana, Leonel, Angela, Jesus and Josue (not pictured) are part of 205 families that have new homes at the Jardines housing development in Coachella. The houses were part of the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition new 205 homes.(Photo: ...

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On spring break, students install solar panels in DHS

March 25, 2015
Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun8:23 a.m. PDT March 24, 2015
(Photo: Jay Calderon, The Desert Sun)
DESERT SUN/ Nonprofit brings solar to low-income homes in valley
 For most students, spring break is a much-deserved chance to do anything but work. But in Desert Hot Springs this week, about 30 students from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, are spending their spring breaks installing ...

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'Sweat equity' leads to a home for the holidays

December 24, 2014
Thirteen families recently joined 182 other families who built their own homes in the Los Jardines Self Help Subdivision in Coachella.
 
Apolinar Polanco and his wife, Maria, have received what may be the best possible Christmas present: a home of their own.
They took ownership of the new three-bedroom, two-bath house in Coachella earlier this month.
“It’s achieving the American dream,” ...

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Desert agencies find some affordable housing solutions

September 8, 2014
Dominique Fong, The Desert Sun 4:48 p.m. PDT September 8, 2014
 
Esteban Gutierrez immigrated from Guanajuato, Mexico as an 18-year-old immigrant. After 32 years of laboring in the Coachella Valley he will finally reached his "American Dream" of owning a home with the help of the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition. In this photo, Esteban, second from left, stand with part of his family. from far right is sons Salvador ...

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All veterans deserve a roof over their heads

May 7, 2014
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As Americans, it is our responsibility to vote yes on Proposition 41. Proposition 41 will directly serve veterans — homeless veterans, low-income veterans and their families, veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental disabilities, and veterans adjusting to physical disabilities due to their commitment to secure our freedom.
 
After ...

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Former Labor Camp Youth Enjoys "Nicer, More Peaceful Life' at New Apartments

May 2, 2014
 Posted by Coachella Unincorporated
 
INDIO  – Jose Andrade, 18, immediately noticed the differences between his family’s previous home and their new apartment at the Villa Hermosa Apartments.
 
Andrade, a senior at Indio High School, had lived at the rundown Fred Young Labor Camp (FYLC) apartments since the first grade.
“It was a lot nicer when we moved into here,” he said. ...

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Thumbs up: Better housing for farmworkers

April 25, 2014
The Desert Sun Editorial Board 10:05 p.m. PDT April 25, 2014
 
The Villa Hermosa apartments in Indio.(Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)
 
Notorious for substandard living conditions, gang activity and extreme poverty over the years, the Fred Young housing complex in Indio has new life, thanks to the Coachella Valley Housing coalition and other agencies.
Farmworker families have been moving out of the cinder ...

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East valley tour focuses on rural development

April 22, 2014
Bianca Rae, KESQ News Channel 3 & CBS Local 2 Reporter, brae@kesq.com
POSTED: 04:24 PM PDT Apr 22, 2014    UPDATED: 04:29 PM PDT Apr 22, 2014 
INDIO, Calif. -
"To make sure the people from this area have a voice and they are no longer being ignored," Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz said.
Congressman Ruiz and the U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary, ...

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Farmworkers get new digs at Villa Hermosa Apartments

April 21, 2014
Tatiana Sanchez, The Desert Sun 10:33 p.m. PDT April 21, 2014
Roberto and Lucila Rodriguez talk about how much better their new living conditions are at the Villa Hermosa Aparments compared to their old cinder block apartment at the Fred Young Labor Camp in Indio.(Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)
 
INDIO – For more than five decades, Lucila and Roberto Rodriguez lived in a small cinder block apartment at ...

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Homes For Farmworkers

April 1, 2014
Sylvia Montenegro helped to create houses for dozens of children of parents who work in the fields.
 
MARCO PALMA
special for La Prensa
 
Indio - The history of achievements of Sylvia Montenegro is extensive. Among others she is one of the founders of the program of housing Coachella Valley Housing Coalition she was Mayor of Coachella y besides being a Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
 
Montenegro, ...

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Serving Families from Roots to the Moon

March 3, 2014
How California’s Coachella Valley Housing helped improve the lives of one rural farmworker family Coachella Valley Housing has been a positive factor in my family’s life... from providing us the opportunity to own our own home to helping me earn my degree at Berkeley
 
Rural Voices
Then, a few years later, Juan’s parents applied to CV Housing’s Mutual Self Help program, where they ...

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John F Mealey Scholarship awards $79,000

July 28, 2013
As reported in the Desert Sun Section D3 
 
The John F Mealey Scholarship awarded $79,000 to 91 students. Additionally a $2,000 scholarship eand a paid internship with CVHC was awarded to Gerardo Alva Chavez, a student who demonstrated outstanding community service.
 
The JFM Scholarships are awarded annually to students residing in CVHC housing developments who are seeking higher education ...

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CVHC’S Brisas de Paz Apartments Win Gold Nugget Award

June 15, 2012
CVHC’s newest housing development in Desert Hot Springs
Indio, CA (June 14, 2013) – Coachella Valley Housing Coalition’s newest development, Brisas de Paz Apartments in Desert Hot Springs, CA, has received an Award of Merit in the 50th-annual Gold Nugget Awards for “Best Affordable Project under 30 du/acre.”
The Gold Nugget Awards are presented at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) ...

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CVHC Staff Raise More Than $9,100 to Support the John F. Mealey Scholarship Fund

December 20, 2010
Indio, CA – More than $9,100 were raised Friday, December 17, 2010, at the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition’s (CVHC) annual Holiday Staff Luncheon. Funds were collected through donations from CVHC’s 38 staff members, who participated in a lively auction held at the staff event. The annual auction supports CVHC’s John F. Mealey Scholarship Fund, and is one of the scholarship program’s most ...

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