RCAP Applauds Bipartisan Congressional Support for HHS Rural Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program

April 10, 2017 | General RCAP News, HHS

This week, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) Inc. applauds a bipartisan group of more than 40 U.S. Representatives in issuing a letter to the House’s Appropriations Committee, writing in support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Rural Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program. To view this letter, please see the link below.

 

The letter, led by Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Richard Nolan (D-MN), which was signed by 27 Democrats and 16 Republicans, calls for increased funding to the HHS Rural Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program, stating that this funding has “impacted the lives of families and businesses in a real way, improving access to clean water and adequate waste disposal systems to small towns and farming communities across rural America.”

 

The RCAP Network is able to leverage this program to work with small communities with an average population of approximately 1,000 people that are struggling to maintain and update their wastewater and drinking water systems. Adequate water and waste disposal systems are essential elements in building a comemunity, improving its economy, creating jobs and reducing poverty.  Without clean water or adequate water infrastructure, opportunities for economic growth are limited, and the development of housing, schools, and commercial and industrial facilities is nearly impossible.

 

RCAP thanks members of the House of Representatives who signed this bipartisan letter in support of the HHS Rural Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program, which continues to help small rural communities remain in compliance with safe standards and build management capacity at the local level to facilitate rural water and wastewater system improvements.

Click to view the supporter letter here: FY18 Rural Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program Letter

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About the Rural Community Assistance Partnership

The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) is a national network of six regional RCAPs working to ensure that rural and small communities through the United States have access to safe drinking water and sanitary wastewater disposal. The Partnership provides a variety of programs to accomplish this goal, such as direct training and technical assistance. For more information, visit www.rcap.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.