Stakeholders in Yakima County, Washington requested this report because of an interest in identifying ways to encourage collaboration around the development of affordable housing for farm workers and community and regional economic development.
"...ICF spoke with over a dozen stakeholders  representing Federal, State and local government and nonprofit and for profit business interests, and conducted a review of existing literature on affordable housing and  economic development in farm worker communities.  The resulting report summarizes  our findings and provides snapshots of successful strategies for rural communities  dealing with similar issues.   

The strategies highlighted in this report demonstrate how other communities have  developed and sustained partnerships across different disciplines, particularly affordable  housing and economic development.  The report describes how these partnerships were structured and how groups with different perspectives or goals found common interests around which they joined forces.  In each case, the communities developed a locally driven strategy that met their unique conditions" (p. 1).

Major Findings & Recommendations

The following is a summary of successful approaches farmworker communities have implemented:. • "One regional organization can serve multiple needs" (p. 5). • "Regional partnerships have a greater impact than working separately" (p. 7). • "Integration of economic sectors can create a regional identity" (p. 7). • "State or regional initiatives and programs can serve as a catalyst to bring organizations from different sectors together" (p. 8). • "Community-wide collaboration is key to addressing the needs of a community” (p. 8). • "Affordable and sustainable housing benefits both farm workers and the community" (p. 10). • "Housing, employment, and supportive services together foster self sufficiency" (p. 11). • "Diverse range of funding sources allows for a diverse range of activities" (p. 12).