When the Covid-19 flu pandemic struck, many Latino residents of San Rafael, Calif., were among the "essential" workers in the city.
Now, a community nonprofit is taking a big step to help those residents, the Marin Independent Journal reports.
The Canal Alliance, formed in the 1980s to provide services to residents of the city's most racially and economically diverse neighborhoods, is moving into larger quarters and, for the first time, owning a building it owns.
Its acquisition of two office buildings on Grand Avenue, at the west end of the neighborhood, is doubling its space and energizing plans to increase the programs and services for the large neighborhood, which is largely comprised of Latino residents, many of whom struggle to afford to live in Marin.
The agency got its start as a service provider and advocate for the Canal area.
Mostly composed of large apartment buildings, the Canal has long been San Rafael's largest neighborhoods, larger in population than some of Marin's towns and cities.
The agency was one of the first to benefit from ongoing support from the Buck Trust, now managed by the Marin Community Foundation.
Since then, it has become a hub for not only meeting the needs of Canal residents, but also advocating for the community at city hall and the
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