Year 2015


Nonprofit Leaders Share Lessons Learned from Their Favorite Mistakes


Contact: Dan Stern
202-842-8600, ext. 137

rvspring15-coverWashington, DC, May 7, 2015– Nonprofit rural housing professionals share notable mistakes they or their organizations made in the newly released issue of Rural Voices Magazine. Hoping to create dialogue around an important issue, the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) published Some Mistakes Have Been Made: Rural Housers Share Their Favorite Mistakes, and What They Learned from Them. This publication aims to lighten the discussion around the challenges of providing affordable housing, while highlighting the personal and organizational growth that often accompanies such challenges.

The magazine features articles from authors who graciously share stories and experiences that, in reality, they would probably not want the entire world to know about. Also featured are two newly appointed and prominent federal housing officials. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, and Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary of Rural Development at the Department of Agriculture. The Secretary and Under Secretary describe their visions for how the Federal Government can improve the quality and availability of housing for low-income families in rural America.

“It is never easy to admit that you have made a mistake,” stated Moises Loza, Executive Director of the Housing Assistance Council, “but mistakes pave the way for self-improvement. HAC applauds these Rural Voices and their organizations for bravely sharing these stories so that others can benefit from what they learned.”

About the Housing Assistance Council
HAC, founded in 1971, is a nonprofit corporation that supports the development of rural low-income housing nationwide. HAC provides technical housing services, loans from a revolving fund, housing program and policy assistance, research and demonstration projects, and training and information services. HAC is an equal opportunity lender.