Administration of these grant and loan programs has been given to the State Department of Health Services. What advocacy and partnership strategies could be used to facilitate access to these resources among the special districts and municipal infrastructure service providers in Communities of Interest? Similarly, in what ways could an expanded alliance dedicated to improvement of infrastructure supports in Communities of Interest help to channel bond dollars for housing, parks, school facilities, roads, and etc toward this goal?
9. Exploring the advantages of pursuing some form of state or federal designation as colonias, for purposes of funding, other support, special development regulations, or other policies. As noted earlier in this report, the ability to leverage federal and state resources has made it possible for counties that are within 150 miles of the border to launch and sustain Colonia improvement projects. Would a state designation of “Colonias” in the San Joaquin Valley help counties and special districts leverage additional state dollars to launch and sustain similar projects? What other opportunities would emerge from this strategy? For example, how might new state resources help non-profit housing developers leverage municipal and private dollars needed to finance infrastructure improvements in Communities of Interest?
If the convening on November 27th makes progress on many of these questions and opportunities for action, or raises others of equal or greater importance and relevance to the participants, it will have been a major step in the movement to improve the lives of residents of these communities.