Central California Food Bank Scales Impact with Support from Community Vision 

Based out of Fresno, the Central California Food Bank (CCFB) is the largest food bank in the region serving Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern counties. Despite being nestled amid the country’s most lucrative agricultural sector, the organization distributes 35 million pounds of food, including more than 50% of fresh produce, to more than 280,000…

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Community Vision Receives more than $1.5 million through CDFI Financial Assistance and Healthy Food Financing Initiative

The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund of the U.S. Treasury announced awardees of its 2018 CDFI Fund Financial Assistance (FA) and Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Awards. Community Vision received a $875,000 FA award and a $750,000 HFFI award. Community Vision will use this FA award to further our place-based work in Oakland by providing low-rate…

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Community Vision at the 2018 Opportunity Finance Network Conference in Chicago

Join us at the 2018 Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) Conference in Washington D.C. from October 8-11. We are participating in one exciting panel: Evolving into Real Estate: Strategies for Taking the Plunge into Real Estate Development Thursday, October 11, 2018: 9:00 AM  –  10:30 AM Moderator: Saul Ettlin, Community Vision Panelists: Sean Closkey, ReBuild Metro,…

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Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Awards Grants to Two California Nonprofits through Community Vision Sponsorship

We are pleased to have partnered with Alchemist CDC and Sierra Business Council in obtaining grants through the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB)’s Access to Housing and Economic Assistance for Development (AHEAD) program. Through our membership with the FHLB, Community Vision was able to sponsor both organizations. Alchemist CDC was awarded a $45,000 grant to support Alchemy Kitchen, a…

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Welcome Ruby Harris, Community Vision’s New Manager of Community Development Lending

Earlier this Summer we welcomed Ruby Harris to our lending team as our Manager of Community Development Lending. Ruby joins Community Vision with more than 18 years of experience in the affordable housing field, ranging from nonprofit management, program/product design, project management, public policy, finance, and grant-making. Welcome, Ruby! What were you doing before joining…

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A Place to Call Home – Life Learning Academy

Life Learning Academy (LLA), a San Francisco-based public charter school, builds greater equity in education for local young people. Founded in 1998 in an effort to reform San Francisco’s Juvenile Justice System, the school utilizes a number of innovative teaching methods and mission-driven programs to target historic gaps in opportunities and better meet the needs of its students.

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Community Vision Assumes Administration of California Fisheries Fund

We are pleased to announce that Community Vision is the new administrator of the California Fisheries Fund (CFF), an award-winning loan fund that lends to borrowers involved in the West Coast fishing industry. CFF works with small businesses, including small-scale fisherman, fishing enterprises, and ports. The mission-focused program increases profitability, economic mobility, and stability for…

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Billions for Housing on the November Ballot

By Guy Baldwin, Community Vision’s Policy, Research, and Information Manager  Two ballot measures will let California voters decide in November to raise up to $6 billion for housing for veterans, low-income people, and the homeless. Proposition 1 calls for issuing a Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond — $3 billion for affordable housing, and $1 billion…

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Community Vision Moves to New Fresno Office

Last month we relocated Community Vision’s Fresno Office to the Bitwise Hive, a new co-working space promoting technological education, innovation, and increased creativity. A former 50,000-square-foot old county records building off of Santa Fe and Ventura Avenues, the Hive is now home to 24 companies, including Community Vision. With this move, we will continue to deepen our community connections and strengthen our…

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Blog: Using Financial Tools to Build Greater Food Equity in South Los Angeles

By Catherine Howard, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Director of the California FreshWorks, a statewide food access financing and technical assistance program. Cross-posted from www.cafreshworks.com.   South Los Angeles is comprised of a collection of communities steeped in historical significance. Post-WWII, African Americans flocked to the area to take advantage of expanding opportunities to purchase…

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A Permanent Place for the Arts: the Imaginists

Working at the convergence of art, social justice, and community-building, the Imaginists create new pathways for inclusion within the arts. Co-founded in 2001 by artistic directors Brent Lindsay and Amy Pinto, this experimental nonprofit theater company engages youth and adults alike to write and produce original and reworked theatrical productions.

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