From the CEO
Why We Do It
Steve PonTell, President and CEO
National Community Renaissance
As nonprofit developers of affordable housing, we know the business model has to work. We seek out new funding sources, revisit old ones and encourage policy makers and elected leaders to help us balance the cost of providing high-quality housing with the resources that are available. And yet, throughout this very practical process, there’s the heart and soul of what we do – providing a stable living environment for people who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in need of help. Below, you will see some examples of that – a young girl who was teased mercilessly by classmates and needed a healthy new environment; the homeless veterans to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. As thought leaders, we’ll continue to push for practical solutions to the housing affordability crisis. But we’ll never step away from what really matters – helping that young girl or that homeless vet live the lives they deserve.
Greg Bradbard Named President of Hope through Housing Foundation
Please join us in welcoming Greg Bradbard as the new President of the Hope through Housing Foundation and Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for National CORE. Greg brings more than 20 years of experience as a community leader and fundraiser throughout Southern California. He has spent the past seven years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Inland Empire United Way, and is highly respected for his advocacy of the kinds of life-transforming human services Hope through Housing provides to youth, families and seniors. “We’re fortunate to have an executive of Greg’s experience and firepower to lead Hope through Housing in our mission of transforming lives and the communities we serve,” said Andrew Wright, Chairman of the Board of Hope through Housing and National CORE. “The work he has done for the United Way has set a standard for helping those less fortunate gain the tools they need to turn their lives around.” In addition to his work at United Way, Greg is a former Executive Director for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Orange County, Executive Director of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation and Director of Development for Families Forward in Irvine. “The mission and commitment of Hope through Housing aligns directly with my personal passion and career focus – providing hope and opportunity to individuals and families who need a hand up,” Greg said. “I’m excited about this opportunity, and look forward to working with the extraordinary team at Hope through Housing and National CORE.”
Transforming Lives at a Model After-School Program
For Myla, the end of the school day was a nightmare. Picked on and bullied, she retreated physically and emotionally to the point where her schoolwork regressed and her reading skills were falling dangerously behind. Now 7, she is regaining lost ground, and growing confidence in the process, thanks to a new environment and a model after-school program managed by the Hope through Housing Foundation in partnership with the City of Montclair and funded by an Inland Empire United Way Community Impact Grant. Daylyn, also 7, attends the same after-school program and has become an advanced reader. His parents, Johnny Pearson and Latreece Garvey, credit the same environment that has helped turn Myla’s life around. “It’s like a little community here – a safe place,” Latreece says. “Everyone knows each other, and helps one another.”
Myla and Daylyn attend the after-school program at National CORE’s affordable housing community of San Antonio Vista in Montclair. “Creating a safe and healthy environment is essential to transforming lives and to give kids, in particular, the opportunity for a better future,” said Steve PonTell, President and Chief Executive Officer of National CORE. “Partnerships such as the one we have at San Antonio Vista allow us to do more and have an even bigger impact on the lives of our residents.” That impact was on full display recently during a book and supplies giveaway to every child between 1st and 3rd grade. Their faces lit up when each of their names was called, and they were handed a box, courtesy of Inland Empire United Way and Staples.
Groundbreaking Set for Vista del Puente Community in San Diego
The highly anticipated Vista del Puente affordable housing development – with half of its 52 units set aside for homeless Veterans – will celebrate its groundbreaking on August 3. Vista del Puente is being developed by Townspeople and National CORE, and will feature amenities and supportive services to help residents begin new chapters in their lives. In addition to the 26 units for homeless Veterans and their families, 12 units will be designated for non-Veteran homeless families. These 38 units for homeless San Diegans will receive rental assistance from federal rental housing vouchers awarded by the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) through its HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO homelessness action plan. Vista del Puente also will provide 13 traditional affordable units for individuals and families. One unit is set aside for the on-site manager. “When you consider how great the need is – the 10,000 people in San Diego who are homeless, and our own eight-year waiting list – the importance of a project such as this cannot be overstated,” said Jon Derryberry, Executive Director of Townspeople. “Vista del Puente is the kind of community San Diego is looking for to help end homelessness, especially for our veterans. Townspeople is proud to partner with National CORE to make it a reality.” Steve PonTell, Chief Executive Officer of National CORE, said Vista del Puente would not be possible without the support of a variety of community and financial partners. They include SDHC, which is investing a $4 million loan awarded through HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO; the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which awarded more than $3.3 million in Veterans Housing & Homeless Prevention program funding; Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego, which awarded $100,000; The Home Depot Foundation; the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee; Pacific Western Bank; BBVA Compass Bank; California Bank & Trust; the California Community Reinvestment Corp.; the Corporation for Supportive Housing; the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco; and Hudson Housing Capital.
Supporting School Success
It is back to school time! For our friends and supporters, I do not need to tell you what a struggle it is for our families to provide the basic necessities needed for their children to start the school year, such as backpacks, pens and paper, etc. This year, Hope through Housing is making a special push to help our families. It is our goal to raise $6,000 for the 600 children we serve in our after-school program. A $10 donation will help prepare one child for academic success.
To give today, please complete the donation form on the right. On behalf of the children and families we serve, thank you for supporting school success. For more information on how you can help, please contact Ruby Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 204-3446.
Our Annual Gala Coming November 2
National CORE’s 25th Anniversary Gala, An Evening of Hope, Celebrating 25 Years of Transforming Lives and Communities,
will be held Thursday, November 2, at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center in Pomona, California. For information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ruby Foster at email@example.com. For more information on the event, please contact Christy Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nationalcoregala.org
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Around National CORE
Fourth of July barbecue at the Juniper Senior Village in Escondido, California.
Children at San Antonio Vista and Vista del Cielo in Montclair, California, receive free summer meals courtesy of the Ontario-Montclair School District.
Free summer meals at our Hawthorne Terrace community in Hawthorne, California. An average of 30 children have been served breakfast and lunch throughout the summer.