Rocky Mountain Rural Sustainability Initiative
What is RMRS?
The Rocky Mountain Rural Sustainability Initiative is an expansion of Habitat for Humanity of Colorado’s training and technical assistance programs, targeting the unique needs of rural affiliates. The program is a direct investment into the boards and staffs of rural organizations, bringing resources, expertise, and training opportunities and putting them in the hands of affiliates. The goal of RMRS is to increase the sustainability of Habitat affiliates across the Rocky Mountain region by developing excellence in the three focus areas of Leadership, Adaptability, and Program Capacity, so that they are better positioned to address affordable housing issues over the long term, eventually fulfilling their mission to eliminate poverty housing in their communities.
How is RMRS funded?
The Rocky Mountain Rural Sustainability Initiative is funded by HFHC general funds, matched by a 3-year grant from the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development as a part of their Rural Capacity Development Initiative.
Who qualifies for RMRS?
HFHC is pleased to offer this exciting program outside of its traditional service area to Rocky Mountain states. When the application for RMRS was submitted in 2013, eligible affiliates from Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah were contacted and asked to complete assurances qualifying them for the program. Those affiliates that returned the paperwork were included in the application and are eligible for the program.
What are the benefits of RMRS to my affiliate?
The benefits of increased investment in rural affiliate capacity
Specifically, benefits of the program include:
- Discounts on training registration for regional, statewide and even national events
- Reimbursement of travel expenses including mileage and lodging
- Engagement of consultants to work with your board and staff on targeted sustainability issues
- Generous tuition allowances of graduate level courses through Regis University
- More opportunities to network with peers grappling with similar challenges
- One-on-one training and technical assistance from HFHC staff
- Free access to books and other training materials
- More training opportunities tailored to your needs.
How can I start getting these benefits?
Review HFHC’s training schedule and protocols for one-on-one consultations, or contact Karen Kallenberg at 303-454-8965 x4 or Karen@habitatcolorado.org.