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Greatest need in West Eureka to be addressed with help of grant

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EUREKA- Officials with the Westside Community Improvement Association in Eureka are ready to take what they call the “next big step in community outreach,” thanks to a grant.

The Westside Community Improvement Association has partnered with Saint Joseph Community Partnership and the California Center for Rural Policy to develop a plan to address the greatest need in West Eureka. As part of the partnership, the California Center for Rural Policy has received an $80,000 grant through the Saint Joseph Community Partnership Fund. That money will be used by the Westside Community Improvement Association to fund plans to address West Eureka’s greatest need. Community members will decide what that need is during future meetings held by the Westside Community Improvement Association.

"Usually when the community comes back to us and we have issues to address, we have to figure out how to do it with virtually nothing.  This partnership gives us the ability to actually access resources and be able to make a difference much more easily," said Heidi Benzonelli, the President of the Westside Community Improvement Association.

The next Westside Community Improvement Association meeting will be on November 8th. Officials with the organization say they plan to determine what issue they will address by January.