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The Religious Communities Investment Fund has increased its investment in the San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund from $25,000 to $150,000.

The Oakland-based investment fund is a collaboration of Catholic Religious Congregations. Its members pool their assets to promote economic justice through investments that benefit low-income communities worldwide.

While the fund is relatively new, its individual members have been providing social investments for many decades.

Loan proceeds will be used to provide financing for affordable housing projects in San Luis Obispo County.

The investment by the Religious Communities Investment Fund is the seventh that the local housing trust fund has received from religious communities, and the 13th overall.

Other investors include Mission Community Bank, Rabobank and Catholic Healthcare West.

The housing trust fund is a nonprofit corporation created to increase the supply of affordable housing throughout the county.

Rather than develop, own or manage affordable housing, the fund provides financing and technical assistance to help private developers, nonprofit agencies and local governments produce and preserve homes that working families, seniors on fixed incomes and persons with disabilities can afford to rent or buy.

— Bob Cuddy

Cal Poly

Cal Poly Professor Bill Hendricks was inducted into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration at its recent meeting in Salt Lake City, according to university officials.

Hendricks is head of the Cal Poly Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration Department.

The association includes practitioners and scholars committed to the advancement of the park and recreation field, according to its Web site.

— Nick Wilson

Paso Robles

Traditional saddles, silversmith work, rug weaving, leatherwork, jewelry and western-themed art will again be showcased at the Paso Gathering to be held later this fall at the Pioneer Museum.

Museum organizers initiated the Wild West event 17 years ago to showcase western memorabilia and handcrafted goods in celebration of the North County’s heritage and camaraderie.

Exhibitors at the event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 2010 Riverside Ave., will also showcase books, antique clothing, housewares, tools and weapons.

Admission costs $5 and will go to the museum. For details, call 238-4556 or visit www.PasoRoblesPioneerMuseum.org.

— Tribune staff report

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