In good news for FIELD, we recently received funding from a Federal Tax Credit program that will help us renovate part of our headquarters at Union Ave. and give at least 16 of our unhoused Chavez Environmental Corps corpsmembers a place to live while they are working with us. It will also help us build capacity in our nutrition program with our new commercial kitchen coming online.
The program, called New Market Tax Credits, is specially designed for community impact projects and programs like ours which serve farmworkers and other underserved communities. The project has been over a year in the making, and we’re very excited to execute the next phase of our vision for a full-service headquarters at Union Ave. We want to thank everyone on the team for helping us bring this to fruition. As they say, it takes a village.
First, we’d like to thank our Director of Advancement Maria Rawls, and our consultants Alison Paige and Brian Gorecki with Capital A Consulting, who worked diligently with our partners at California Statewide Communities Development Corporation and Wells Fargo to bring the funding for our community impact project to completion.
There were many hours spent on plans, crunching numbers, walking the facility and filling out applications to make this a reality. As a result, many of these previously unhoused corpsmembers will now have their own rooms, along with access to a rec room, study area, laundry facilities as well as access to fresh, wholesome food from our new commercial kitchen. The kitchen will also serve all of our EPIC students and our childcare center, ensuring that students and their children have good nutritious food to eat.
“We’re very excited to realize phase 2 of our dream of having our own headquarters that will truly serve the community,” said Rawls, who was the lead on the project. “We have already begun construction. It will take another six months or so to fully complete the build out of the headquarters and furnish the dorm facility to be ready for our corpsmembers. We’re looking forward to inviting the community to help us celebrate the grand opening.”