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Spring 2023 Stakeholder Update from Omar Carrera, CEO

Posted: April 27, 2023

Canal Alliance is dedicated to supporting the Latino immigrant community in Marin County through a variety of services and programs. With a focus on housing advocacy, unaccompanied minors, climate justice, and workforce expansion, the organization aims to empower the immigrant community and create lasting change

Filemon a Workforce Graduate.

Adult Education

Canal Alliance secures $500k grant to bolster workforce development programs

Posted: March 31, 2023

Canal Alliance has secured $524,161 in new funding for our workforce programs, which break the generational cycle of poverty for low-income Latino immigrants in Marin County

Canal's 400 apartment building in San Rafael


Protecting Tenants’ Rights in the Canal Community

Posted: March 21, 2023

Housing is a critical issue facing low-income communities, and Canal Alliance advocates for the rights of tenants in the Canal neighborhood. With the support of the San Francisco Foundation and a coalition of partner organizations, Canal Alliance is empowering residents, preventing evictions, and ensuring that affordable housing remains accessible to low-income families.  

Marina Palma is interviewed by Telemundo


Temen quedarse en la calle: residentes hispanos piden control de renta en San Rafael

Posted: March 7, 2023

Decenas de inquilinos, en su mayoría hispanos, acudieron el lunes en la noche a una reunión en el Ayuntamiento de San Rafael para exigirle a las autoridades que impongan un control de renta para así evitar desalojos en la ciudad.

Omar Carrera poses for a headshot in the Canal community


CEO of Marin County’s Canal Alliance says helping Latinos overcome poverty will have a ‘transformative’ impact on society

Posted: February 28, 2023

The Northbay Business Journal goes in depth on the work that Canal Alliance CEO Omar Carrera has done for the Canal community.


San Rafael gets $1.6M in planning grants for ‘priority’ areas

Posted: February 3, 2023

San Rafael has been awarded $1.6 million in grants to fund studies for long-term planning in the Northgate and Canal neighborhoods.

Canal community fair at Alto St.

Civic Engagement

More Chances for San Rafael Canal Communities to Be Heard

Posted: January 18, 2023

In November 2022, the San Rafael City Council launched the Canal Community Resilience Planning Project, a study investigating the feasibility of sea-level rise adaptation in the Canal neighborhood.

Omar Carrera, CEO of Canal Alliance


Omar Carrera joins Marin IJ editorial board as public member

Posted: December 31, 2022

Omar Carrera, CEO of the San Rafael-based nonprofit Canal Alliance, has joined the Independent Journal’s editorial board as its public member.


Marin Small-Business Owners Put Microgrants to Good Use

Posted: November 30, 2022

Darlin Ruiz received a $2,500 grant through an agency partnership dedicated to assisting some of the hardest-hit microbusinesses


San Rafael gets funds for Canal area climate change project

Posted: November 28, 2022

San Rafael will use a $762,000 grant to fund an equity-guided study on the effects of sea level rise and climate change in the Canal.

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