December 2016 Newsletter

From the CEO

Celebrating a year of positive transformation

Steve PonTell, President and CEO
National Community Renaissance

It is truly an honor to be the CEO of an organization committed to transforming lives and communities and creating opportunities where none existed before. At National CORE and Hope through Housing, 2016 was a remarkable year on many levels – from the grand openings of vital new residential communities to the expansion of our social services network to the individual stories that remind us why we do what we do. There was Kyril Bojckov, who we wrote about back in March. At 27, with three jobs and a monthly income of less than $3,000, he shared with us what it is like to finally live in a beautiful apartment that he can afford. “People don’t realize it, but a place like this gives young people a chance to do something with their lives,” said Bojckov, who’d recently moved into the Las Palmas Village Apartments in San Clemente, located in one of the most expensive counties in the United States. We met Lisa Ponder, who before moving into the Arrowhead Grove community in San Bernardino wondered if she would ever again have a roof over her head. She’d been living homeless in “the field” – a homeless camp nearby – raising her young daughter by whatever means she could

“Something happens to you in the field,” she said. “People stop caring, they stop everything. You get accustomed to not eating. You get accustomed to not bathing. You become abandonized … I don’t want us to ever stop caring.” She hasn’t, and neither have we. As we look ahead to 2017, we’re committed to advancing the cause of housing affordability – to ensure that everyone, regardless of social standing, has the opportunity to live in dignity. Only then will true transformation occur.

Grand Opening of transformational housing community in San Bernardino


The Arrowhead Grove era in San Bernardino officially got underway November 30 with the Grand Opening of Valencia Vista, the first phase of the much-anticipated transformational community. The first 75 units represent a milestone in the Arrowhead Grove Neighborhood Revitalization effort and, indeed, for the city as a whole. In all, more than 400 high-quality housing units will be built on the site of the former Waterman Gardens public housing project. In addition, Arrowhead Grove will include millions of dollars in upgraded infrastructure, state-of-the-art community amenities and a first-of-its-kind integrated educational environment. All of this will create new economic and quality-of-life opportunities for residents, the adjacent neighborhoods and the city as a whole. National CORE is the master developer of the project, which represents one of the most ambitious public-private partnerships ever in the City of San Bernardino. Partners include the City, the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, The Clancy Co., the Hope through Housing Foundation and the San Bernardino City Unified School District. “We are pleased to celebrate the opening of the first phase of this redevelopment effort,” said San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis. “Arrowhead Grove represents an important step forward for our community, and this project is a great example of the City’s effort toward improving the quality of life for our residents.”

National CORE earns LEED Platinum status

Valencia Vista in San Bernardino,CA

Valencia Vista in San Bernardino,CA

Marv's Place in Pasadena, CA

Marv’s Place in Pasadena, CA

Valencia Vista in San Bernardino and the Marv’s Place Apartments in Pasadena both have earned LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. Platinum is the highest designation under the council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program, underscoring the quality of design and construction National CORE puts into each of its communities. To qualify for LEED certification, developers must pass a rigorous set of design and building guidelines. LEED Platinum buildings are the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly structures around – carefully crafted, air sealed and insulated so heating and cooling systems can operate efficiently. Energy systems are sized correctly, and installation is verified to make sure they are running correctly. Water is conserved and managed. Indoor air quality is protected during construction and through day-to-day operations. Valencia Vista is the first phase of the Arrowhead Grove Neighborhood Revitalization effort near the heart of San Bernardino. Marv’s Place houses formerly homeless families in the Pasadena area.

Mission Cove heading toward Summer 2017 opening

Mission Cove Apartments, Oceanside, CA

National CORE and Community Housing Works’ Mission Cove affordable housing community in Oceanside is expecting to welcome its first residents by early summer 2017. The 288-unit community will provide housing for low-income families, seniors, veterans and youth who are aging out of foster care. “I think this is a very exciting new neighborhood for Oceanside,” said City Councilman Chuck Lowery. “This kind of project will help people who are just coming into needing housing and others with financial needs.” The first phase, consisting of 90 units, is being developed by National CORE and should see its first move-ins by June.

Hope through Housing helps provide Holiday Miracles

Colonies Holiday Miracles

National CORE and Hope through Housing were proud partners in the Ninth Annual Colonies Holiday Miracles event December 10 at the Colonies Crossroads Shopping Center in Upland. Two hundred children from nine nonprofit organizations, including National CORE, were provided a day of shopping, a full turkey dinner and Christmas trees. This year, two cars also were given away, courtesy of Colonies Partners, Mark Christopher Auto Center, and the Larson O’Brien Law Firm. “This event began to help financially struggling families and make a difference, and this donation is the perfect example of that ideal,” said Jeff Burum, co-managing partner of Colonies Partners, which owns the shopping center and co-sponsors the event. “The Leggio family has always supported Colonies Holiday Miracles and participating in this donation will be a life-altering gift.”

Help us help others

As nonprofit organizations, National CORE and Hope through Housing rely on the generosity of our donors and sponsors to help us transform lives and communities. We hope you will remember us in your year-end giving.

Thank you for your support, and Happy Holidays!

Save the date

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events for National CORE and Hope through Housing. For more information, please contact Christy Schroeder at or call (909) 204-3423.

Marv’s Place Grand Opening
January 12, 2017

National CORE, Hope through Housing and Affordable Housing in the News

“Anticipated San Bernardino housing project celebrates opening
(The Sun)

“First apartments at Mission Cove nearing completion”
(San Diego Union Tribune)

News & Notes

Around National CORE

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Redlands-Riverside

National CORE honored the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Redlands-Riverside (Calif.) with a Valued Community Partner Award. It is through partnerships such as these that we are able to make a difference in the lives of children in poverty.


National CORE volunteers with Shelter Partnership

Members of National CORE’s Los Angeles team picked up more than $13,000 worth of toys from Shelter Partnership this week. The toys, which included soccer balls, footballs, Barbie and Ken dolls, stuffed animals, potato head mash ups and much, much more, will be delivered to more than 500 children.


Thanksgiving at Arrowhead Grove, San Bernardino, CA

Arrowhead Grove, San Bernardino, CA

Thanksgiving at Villaggio on Route 66, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Villaggio on Route 66, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

National CORE and Hope through Housing celebrated Thanksgiving in style throughout our communities.


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