Technical Assistance and Training

The technical assistance program provides training to both park owners and tenants of agricultural housing communities with a maximum of twelve mobile home units on one parcel. These parks are known as “Polanco Parks”  which provides a “fast track” option with local planning and permitting agencies state-wide. Our training task is to ensure basic understanding of different on-site systems at these dwelling sites. This is the second most critical component after the rehabilitation of the housing facility is complete. Ongoing training will provide better understanding of the systems’ proper functioning and it is a preventative approach to keep the facility in good working condition, and up to code compliance. The training program is scheduled four times a year. The primary focus is on four courses that promote safety and sustainability.

  • Introduction to On-site Waste Management
  • Monitoring and Maintaining a Small Water System
  • Riverside County, California, Code Compliance
  • Basic Bookkeeping and Management

Affordable Housing: Pueblo Unido CDC recognizes the challenges of the lack of affordable housing in the eastern Coachella Valley, and has identified three main approaches to preserve and create affordable housing opportunities:

  • Polanco Rehabilitation Assistance Program (PRAP). This program is tasked with the rehabilitation of existing homes for agricultural workers.
  • New construction of agricultural worker housing that will increase the supply of availablerental units and addresses the crisis of affordable housing in the area. New housing will include green space for children, small sports fields, and thoughtfully planned community centers to host after school programs, adult education, and recreation and other programs identified by community members.
  • Migrant agricultural worker housing which addresses the affordable housing needs of guest workers. PUCDC is introducing green building practices to include solar voltaic panels, 3D panels, and low-maintenance landscape that will serve the needs of this population with practicality and good design.

Critical Infrastructure: Pueblo Unido CDC addresses the lack of infrastructure and/or substandard systems at two levels: decentralized and centralized. Projects distant from existing municipal services are designed using on-site wells to provide safe drinking water, fire suppression systems, and on-site septic systems. Pueblo Unido CDC works closely with community members, the local water district, and public agencies to determine the feasibility of extending water and sanitary collection lines to specific neighborhoods as needed.

Economic Development: Pueblo Unido CDC values the entrepreneurial spirit of the community. An increasing number of community members have grown into different trades, such as retail and small farming. These entrepreneurs lack some of the basic skills needed to run businesses efficiently. To respond to this issue Pueblo Unido CDC will network and collaborate with local economic development agencies, state business centers and other technical support organizations to provide training in business management, insurance, legal representation, and financial development. Additionally, Pueblo Unido CDC will create Plazas—the Latino version of farmers markets.  It is the overarching intent of Pueblo Unido to diversify local businesses opportunities for the purpose of attracting visitors to the area to stimulate entrepreneurship and create economically vibrant communities.

One Comment

  1. Ximena A Bustamante
    February 6, 2013

    I am completing my masters degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle. I appreciate the work that Pueblo Unido CDC and the community is accomplishing.

    My thesis project’s underlying question asks, what is the role of the landscape architect in serving marginalized communities? I plan to challenge this profession to add to the public interest design movement that a few good architects are involved in but not enough landscape designers are yet leading the way.

    Your many projects gives me great inspiration that our involvement is needed. I hope to meet you one day soon. Ben Spencer, one of my professors, and regional PNW director of Architects Without Borders sent me the following link that has directed me to your work:

    This is the type of change I want to participate in. Landscape Architecture inherently works with ecological sustainable practices in creating a gathering place, a sense of place all contributing to the well-being of the user/human and the natural environment where the communities are located.
    Gracias y Unidos Si se Puede!

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