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SHRA plants funding seed

Colonial Heights Library celebrates fruits of labor with opening of new community kitchen
Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency and the Sacramento Public Library together with local and state elected officials will celebrate the opening of a renovated community kitchen at the Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd., on Thurs., April 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will include a food demonstration by Yisrael Family Farms with audience participation using the professional mobile demonstration kitchen that was part of the facility remodel project.
Speakers include Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Council Member Jay Schenirer, and Council Member Eric Guerra.
“Libraries are an invaluable community resource and can help bring a disadvantaged neighborhood together,” said Supervisor Phil Serna. “I'm pleased to support the Colonial Heights Library kitchen project that will offer a broad range of healthy activities and opportunities for families.”
“This kitchen is a first for Sacramento Public Library,” explains Rivkah K. Sass, director of Sacramento Public Library. “We’re grateful to the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency for making it possible for us to bring sustainable living and food literacy programming to the community.” 
SHRA provided $194,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to support the renovation project. To complement the kitchen remodel, an outdoor storage unit has been converted to help facilitate gardening projects and community gardening classes and workshops at the library. Partners for classes include UC Master Gardeners, Yisrael Family Farms, Sacramento Natural Food Cooperative Community Kitchen, and Harvest Sacramento.
“SHRA is committed to changing lives by leveraging our funding resources to support partnerships that help fill unmet needs for residents in low income communities,” said SHRA Executive Director La Shelle Dozier. “Sacramento’s public libraries are excellent neighborhood gathering places where families can have access to a wide variety of programs and activities that will help them live better and thrive.”
The project also included improvements to the community room such as new flooring, paint, lighting, windows and furnishings in the community room. The facility also received four new ADA parking spaces, ramps and landscaping.
The Colonial Heights Library also partners with Elk Grove Unified School District as a host site for the Summer Lunch at the Library program. Yisrael Family Farms offers gardening, cooking and homesteading classes for the community throughout the year with financial support from the Friends of the Colonial Heights Library.
SHRA ( is a Joint Powers Authority created by the City and County of Sacramento to represent both jurisdictions for affordable housing and community redevelopment needs. SHRA has a FY 2017 budget of $190.5 million and 230 employees. The Agency owns and manages approximately 2,700 units of affordable housing and is one of the largest landlords in Sacramento. SHRA also administers approximately 12,600 rent assistance vouchers per month.

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