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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

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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

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 in Indio, part of CVHC’s Healthy Housing Initiative.

The Grant, part of an annual award to support its Community Services Coordinator, is being provided to CVHC to design, manage and implement its community gardens program for the residents of Fred Young Farm Labor Camp, Desert Gardens Apartments, and Villa Hermosa Apartments in Indio.

 

The goal is to enlist the help of community volunteers to develop the community gardens; complete with a one-day garden box build event and on-going program coordination.

 

“We have seen the beauty and human connection that comes from providing Community Gardens at our housing developments,” said CVHC Executive Director Julie Bornstein. “Our residents are growers at heart, who tell us they want a place of their own where they can grow healthy fruits and vegetables for their own tables and to share with their neighbors.” The grant from Rural LISC helps develop this successful program in CVHC’s three Indio communities off Van Buren Street and Dr. Carreon Boulevard.

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to Joe Mota, CVHC’s Community Services Coordinator at jmota@cvhc.org He will respond to your email with program updates and information on the one-day community gardens build event planned for this fall.

 

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Located in Indio, California, about one hundred miles east of Los Angeles, the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) is an award-winning non-profit affordable housing development corporation dedicated to helping low and very-low income families improve their living conditions through advocacy, research, construction, and operation of housing and community development projects. In 2016, CVHC celebrates its 34th year providing affordable housing and community development programs in hundreds of underserved communities. To date, CVHC has built nearly 4,500 homes and apartments for low-income households in Riverside and Imperial counties. In addition, CVHC has developed childcare centers, after-school programs, and medical clinics. It operates various services for its tenants and others including mariachi classes, English as a Second Language and computer classes, a ballet folklorico program, and tennis and recreational programs. For more information visit www.cvhc.org




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