RCF Connects received a $300,000 Brownfields Assessment grant that we will use to assess abandoned and foreclosed properties within the neighborhoods of Belding Woods, Coronado, Iron Triangle, Pullman and Santa Fe in Richmond, CA. Subsequent to property assessment, RCF Connects will leverage funding from the Richmond Housing Renovation Program to clean up and redevelop these properties into homes for low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers. This grant builds on previous Brownfields grants to the City of Richmond.

“Our Housing Renovation Program provides homeownership to local residents by reclaiming blighted abandoned homes,” said Jim Becker, President and CEO. “Our partnership with the EPA allows us to identify and abate hazardous building materials and other contamination present in these homes so that they are affordable and safe.”

This is not the first time we have partnered with the EPA. Properties that have benefited from the current RCF Connects/EPA partnership include:

· 355 South 15th Street

· 2801 Cutting Boulevard

· 406 B Street

· 2111 Grant Avenue