Canal Alliance is proud to share that our Housing Team, lead by Case Manager Gloria Castillo, has been awarded the 2019 Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award by the Executive Committee of the Board of MCE. The award was established to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated passion, dedication, and leadership on behalf of MCE, and also honors and commemorates the life and legacy of environmental leadership left behind by former founding MCE Chairman Charles F. McGlashan.
Felicidades, Gloria! Your work on behalf of our community has been inspirational.
Gloria Castillo has gone above and beyond her role as the Housing Project Coordinator with the Canal Alliance, a nonprofit organization that empowers immigrants, connecting them to resources in the Canal District of San Rafael. In her role, Gloria manages the Marin Villa Estates property in the Canal District and has worked to build support for MCE’s programs, even coming along with MCE staff on a survey collection and income verification visit to the property so residents would feel more comfortable. Thanks to Gloria’s assistance, Marin Villa Estates received a total of $55,228 in blended funding from the Multifamily Energy Savings Program, the Low Income Families and Tenants (LIFT) program, the Income-Qualified Multifamily Solar Rebate Program, and Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) Marin.
These incentives funded electrical panel upgrades, structural upgrades to apartment decks, CO monitors, Title 24 compliant windows, LED light bulbs, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and a 32.26 kW solar system generating 49,598 kWh annually. These upgrades reduced fire hazards, increased structural safety, lowered utility bills, improved indoor air quality by addressing mold issues, and increased resident comfort. The energy efficiency measures are projected to save 3,386.5 kWh per year. The completion of these upgrades is credited to the work of Gloria and her stewardship of the residents she serves.