Comité works to empower Mexican-Americans and new immigrants to help them overcome the many barriers they face, including very low wages, little access to conventional financing and limited political representation. Founded by farm workers in 1977 and incorporated in 1981, Comité is a membership non-profit that focuses on helping members build assets and strengthen the whole community. Four years after it started by pooling member savings, Comité purchased its first hundred acres for development for $1.4 million.
Comité is located in San Luis, Arizona. San Luis, a town of about 19,000 in Yuma County in the southwestern corner of the statewhere agriculture is the major industry. The town is just across the river from California and the border from San Luis de Colorado in Mexico, a city of 300,000, many of whom work in multinational maquiladoras. During the height of the Yuma harvesting season, 30,000 to 40,000 Mexican farm workers cross the border each day.
Over and above the 111 children and their parents that Comité serves with center day care; the public schools that its land development makes possible; the training it provides for young people and adults; the work ethic it cultivates; the skills it imparts to entire families building self-help housing; and its culture and reaction activities for youth - Comité also helps more than 275 low income women deliver home day care to up to six children each by providing them with:
- Training in nutrition and how to prepare nutritional meals and teach children and parents to t eat them
- Assistance in upgrading their homes to qualify as day care sites
- Income supplements for each child served nutritional meals
- Inspections to insure that they continue to receive supplements
- Encouragement to improve their childcare skills and make the transition to being center providers
Becoming a Comité member
Anyone can become a Comité member by paying an initial $650 deposit, a $40 membership fee and $5 per month thereafter. There is no payment schedule and members make payments as they can afford to do so, but a monthly deposit of about $150 is expected until we complete the development of the land (about 18 months). When a member has accumulated $2,500 (in addition to fees) he/she is eligible to choose a lot. The cost of a lot minus the amount the member actually has on account (their equity), leaves a balance, for which we arrange financing. The Comité acts as a fiduciary agent and facilitates transfer of the deed of trust; the member makes monthly payments to Title Company into a restricted trust account to pay off the development/permanent loan to the bank. We establish a reserve account that covers any "delinquent" member so they maintain excellent credit.
Over a period of about 18 months, a member develops equity which now provides them with a vehicle for leverage on a mortgage (increased home ownership, HUD Priority). They can take up to five or even ten years to pay off their lot, or may decide that the time is right to build their home; this is the time we provide the majority of our housing programs and services to alleviate financial duress or other impediments to affordable housing. Learn more about our housing programs
Comite S Mart Gas Station has the best fuel prices in town and offers several other goods and services such as, snacks, cold beverages, coffee, and much more. We are conveniently located at 706 Main St. San Luis, AZ 85349.
BCCCRC is a proud Arizona sponsor of the Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), otherwise known as the food program for childcare providers. As a sponsor of the CACFP, BCCCRC provides cash reimbursement to home-based childcare providers for meals served to children under their care. BCCCRC would like to help you join the CACFP and increase the quality of childcare and nutrition in Arizona, while earning money and working from home.
We will have the Self-Help Program construction ground breaking for groups 60 and 61 on June 21, 2014. These are 12 low-income families whom will be able to start construction on their homes this weekend, with the expectation of completion of their future home in an average of 8 months. Each one of the twelve homes being constructed consists of four bedrooms and is has a square footage of 1499.
Housing Assistance Council
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Campesinos Sin Fronteras