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Mutual Housing receives nearly $500,000 for housing development and upgrades

Mutual Housing receives nearly $500,000 for housing development and upgrades

Sacramento|Yolo Mutual Housing Association recently received $464,985 from NeighborWorks® America .

The grants will help support Mutual Housing’s healthy housing by developing new, sustainable communities for the Sacramento region’s diverse households as well as upgrading older multifamily housing to make it greener and more energy-efficient.

Of these funds, $329,485 was a capital grant for programs and services, real estate development and maintenance, $110,500 was for organizational underwriting and $25,000 for green initiatives and cash flow.  

“If you can show strong outcomes,” said Rachel Iskow, Mutual Housing Executive Director, “NeighborWorks will let the organization use the funds as it sees fit.

“Because we have a strong business plan and strong strategic goals, these funds will help us continue developing healthy housing in the local region, maintain and upgrade our communities as well as  providing programs and services for o

Notebooks for the boys...

Notebooks for the boys...

I went ahead today, and made the boys new journals. A place they can draw, write, or whatever they choose! Tyler love red, so his notebook is red, and his pen write red. Anthony love the color green, so his is green, and his pen write green. I printed out pics, used doubled sided tape, and made sure they had their picture and names on the front as well. I do the same thing with my “Gratitude Journals”!?

Mutual Housing prepares more than 700 free tax returns

Mutual Housing prepares more than 700 free tax returns

With a volunteer cadre, Sacramento Mutual Housing Association and its partners prepared and filed 715 free tax returns this year that helped working families with incomes of $49,000, or less, claim much-needed Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC).

Of these, 560 returns were prepared in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons. A pilot program for Mutual Housing, this was the first year that AARP tax preparation was held at the local nonprofit's Lemon Hill community in South Sacramento.

Another 155 returns were filed as part of the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program held at two other Mutual Housing sites, Foothill Plaza and Victory Townhomes in North Sacramento and Del Paso, respectively.

We have ants... sweet!!!

We have ants... sweet!!!

Yesterday the boys get their “report cards” from swimming, and their ants in the mail, sweetness! Tyler will need to retake his class, while Anthony passed with flying colors. It is not about winning or loosing, and I’m looking forward to returning…

In less than one day the ants managed to make huge strides. You cannot see it, but the tunnel continues down, and can be seen from the other side. The boys are really starting to enjoy watching their ants too.
Unfortunately, before we ever got the ants, I tried to Pre-prepare, and added tiny birdseeds as the manual stated… and they started to grow. This has made no different to the ants, who have dug some out, moved other seeds sprouting, and around the ball of roots.

Swimming lessons... ~*Cheers*~

Swimming lessons... ~*Cheers*~


I have to admit, that my children absolutely love their swimming lessons! Tyler is starting to get over his fear of water, he loves his teachers (in the group), and the other students are amazing in encouraging him. It is an environment that fosters learning, which is just what Tyler loves.

Anthony is the one that is taking the class to copy his brother. But in the process of “Monkey see monkey do” has learned a lot. He calls everyone “my friend”, even though he doesn’t know their names. And I think this is a great experience we will definitely be repeating once the weather warms up more!
The only complaint my kids have had, is when they have to get out of the water, and the wind hits them. Other than that, they both adore having this opportunity, and I would recommend others look into their local public pools as well. The staff at ours is attentive, caring, and works with each student on their level.

~*Swim Class*~

~*Swim Class*~

Monday, May 9th, 2011 was Tyler and Anthony’s First Swim lesson, through the local community center! If all goes well, they like it, we’ll sign up for another class (when it is warmer). So far both boys absolutely love it, they make learning fun, and the boys look like they might actually learn more than I can teach them.

They are in the same time slot, but different classes, because Tyler is 5 and Anthony is 4. Tyler is a “Minnow” and Anthony is a “Polliwog”.
 

4 prehistoric parenting pointers

4 prehistoric parenting pointers

4Prehistoric Parenting Pointers