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Inland Empire non-profits join together to create the Consumer Affairs Project of Inland Counties (CAPIC) partnership and are awarded $850,000 from Attorney General Kamala Harris and California’s National Mortgage Settlement Grant Program

Rancho Cucamonga, CA June 28, 2013 – Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board (IFHMB), Inland Counties Legal Services (ICLS), and Fair Housing Council of Riverside County (FHCRC) are pleased to announce the Consumer Affairs Project of the Inland Counties (CAPIC) a collaboration of the three Inland Empire non-profits serving the regions of San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties.  CAPIC is the recipient of a $850,000 grant award from the Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, through California’s National Mortgage Settlement Grant Program. The CAPIC partners will be joining their resources along with the County of San Bernardino and other collaborative agencies to help consumers with housing needs.


The Attorney General’s office has awarded $9.4 million to 21 organizations in order to assist Californians affected by the state’s foreclosure crisis as renters, homeownership seekers and/or current and past homeowners. “The foreclosure crisis has inflicted wide-ranging and deep harm to California homeowners and communities,” said Attorney General Harris. “These grants will give homeowners and families the financial and legal tools they need to recover.”


The grants will benefit many of the state’s disadvantaged home seekers and homeowners and families by providing or expanding access to free legal assistance, foreclosure intervention aid, homeowner education and financial literacy clinics, blight remediation services, fraud prevention education and employment support services.


Through the CAPIC Partnership of IFHMB, ICLS, and FHCRC and in collaboration with the County of San Bernardino, resources and have been gathered to launch the new comprehensive Personalized Approach to Housing Stability (PATHS) Program. PATHS, is a program to help achieve personalized housing stability by helping consumers identify impediments and work toward removing these barriers to obtain financial success.


For more information please call 1-800-321-0911 ext. 189 or visit www.ifhmb.com to learn more.

Consumer Affairs Project of the Inland Counties was made possible by a grant from the Office of the Attorney General of California, from the National Mortgage Fraud Settlement, to assist California consumers.


About Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board

Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board (IFHMB) is a private, non-profit, HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency that has served the Inland Empire for more than 30 years. IFHMB provides counseling, receives and responds to consumer complaints, educates consumers in the areas of fair housing, mobile home, senior-related needs, first-time home purchase, and default and foreclosure, as well as provides landlord and tenant, alternative dispute resolution, and pre-litigation mediation services. The organization’s main office is located in Rancho Cucamonga, with satellite offices in San Bernardino, Barstow, Victorville, Indio, and El Centro. Services are available in both English and Spanish. For more information on IFHMB call 1-800-321-0911, email info@ifhmb.com, or visit www.ifhmb.com.


About Inland Counties Legal Services

Inland Counties Legal Services(ICLS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1958, serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, providing a full range of legal services in civil cases including Housing, Landlord/Tenant, Foreclosure Prevention, Consumer Legal Issues, Public Benefits, Family Law, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking.  ICLS, pursues justice and equality for low income people through counsel, advice, advocacy and community education, treating all with dignity and respect.  ICLS has branch offices in Riverside, Indio, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino and Victorville and operates the Housing Law Services Center which serves both counties. Funds from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), are sub-granted to Riverside Legal Aid, Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino and Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association who in-turn provide pro-bono civil legal services using a network of local volunteer attorneys in their respective portions of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.  For more information call (951) 368-2583 or visit www.inlandlegal.org.


About Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc.

Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc. (FHCRC) formed in 1986 and incorporated in 1993 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that fights to protect the fair housing rights & needs of all individuals throughout Riverside County.  This HUD approved counseling Agency, works alongside federal, state, and local offices to ensure Fair Housing laws are upheld. For more than 26 years, under the strategic direction of a Board of Directors and Staff, FHCRC provides fair housing (anti-discrimination) education, outreach, identification, counseling and referrals, landlord/tenant mediation, foreclosure prevention/loss mitigation workshops, first time homebuyer education and shelter diversion counseling/services.


The Agency’s main office is located in Riverside, California with satellite offices in the cities of Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, and Corona (Thursdays only). Services are available in both English and Spanish. For more information on FHCRC call 1-800-655-1812, email: fhcrc@fairhousing.net, or visit www.fairhousing.net.

County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board Helps Dialysis Center Expand Staff Through No-Cost Programs

Programs save employer almost $7,000 in hiring and training expenses

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (June 28, 2013)—Recently, Desert Cities Dialysis needed to hire new employees; however all of its applicants were recent graduates who required extensive training. Manager Zabelle Cosson recognized that the County of San Bernardino’s recruitment services and On-The-Job Training program could offset costs of finding and training the right people.

The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (WIB) screened all applicants and referred the most qualified to Desert City Dialysis. The WIB’s On-The-Job Training program provided partial wage reimbursement for the first 90 days of employment, the designated training period. Through these no-cost programs, Desert City Dialysis hired and trained two employees saving almost $7,000.

Assistance from the County of San Bernardino WIB made it possible for Desert City to grow quickly and hire locally. “The Workforce Investment Board helped us find and train the right employees,” shares Cosson. “Both employees are still with our company and are excelling in their positions.”

Desert City Dialysis is one of many high desert businesses served by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board.

“On-the-Job Training helps relieve a business’ growing pains by providing the resources to grow without the financial burden of recruitment and training,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board.  “The Workforce Investment Board’s goal is to help create permanent jobs through these no-cost programs.”

The Workforce Investment Board offers free services and programs to local businesses through its Business Resource Team.  The Business Resource team assists local companies with services such as layoff aversion programs and process improvement assistance that save and create jobs. Additionally the Business Resource Team provides business workshops, access to the On-the-Job Training programs and recruitment services.

“In one year, the Workforce Investment Board trained more than 3,300 job seekers for high-demand industries and built relationships with 2,800 businesses,” stated Chair and Second District Supervisor, Janice Rutherford. “This work is critical to the continued growth of our local economy.”

Businesses interested in learning more about or enrolling in the no-cost services provided by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board can visit www.csb-win.org or call 1—800-451-JOBS.

About Desert Cities Dialysis, High Desert Nephrology

Desert Cities Dialysis, with offices in both Victorville and Barstow, specialize in the evaluation and treatment of patients with kidney disease and kidney disorders. Their staff is composed of licensed physicians, social workers, registered dieticians, registered nurses, and certified dialysis technicians who provide care and support for our patients and their families.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors.  The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org . Also follow us on: Facebook www. facebook.com/SBWIB Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB

The California Wellness Foundation Honors Health Education Leaders Committed to Underserved Communities

Sora Park Tanjasiri, Kevin D. Williams and the Late Antronette K. Yancey Receive Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award

Pictured here (left to right) are honoree Sora Park Tanjasiri; honoree Kevin D. Williams and honoree Antronette Yancey’s long term partner Darlene Edgley

Pictured here (left to right) are honoree Sora Park Tanjasiri; honoree Kevin D. Williams and honoree Antronette Yancey’s long term partner Darlene Edgley

Los Angeles (June 25, 2013)- The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) honored three inspiring leaders in health education at its 11th annual Champions of Health Professions Diversity Awards ceremony for their successful efforts to improve the health and wellness of California’s most underserved communities. Sora Park Tanjasiri, an educator and researcher at the department of health science at California State University, Fullerton, has guided minority students into health professions, while addressing health disparities through community-based research programs. Kevin D. Williams of Berkeley Youth Alternatives organizes 27 programs for at-risk youth and young adults, and provides direction to graduate-level students entering the public health field. The late Dr. Antronette K. Yancey was a professor in the department of health services and cofounder of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity at UCLA.; she was tireless in her commitment to ensure that research findings would be translated to community programs and policy to transform lives.

In recognition of their efforts to mentor and inspire students and better serve the health and well-being of California’s underserved and disadvantaged communities, each honoree received a cash award of $25,000. As one of the only California Foundations making grants in this area, TCWF has awarded more than $49 million to increase the diversity of the health workforce though a variety of approaches, including research, scholarship, loan repayment programs and leadership recognition.

“It is a tremendous privilege to recognize these stellar individuals for their outstanding commitment to communities of color and their groundbreaking work to increase the ethnic diversity of the health care workforce,” said Crystal D. Crawford, TCWF program director.

The California Wellness Foundation is a private independent foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women’s health and work and health. It also responds to timely issues and special projects outside the funding priorities.

Since its founding in 1992, TCWF has awarded 6,919 grants totaling more than $852 million. Please visit TCWF’s website at CalWellness.org for more information, including a newsroom section devoted to the award and the three honorees. High-resolution photos are available. Video interview clips are posted at TCWF’s YouTube channel.