From the CEO
Housing is the Best Medicine!
Steve PonTell, President and CEO
National Community Renaissance
A few years ago, the Center for Housing Solutions published a research paper on determinants of public health, appropriately titled “Housing is the Best Medicine.” The study noted that quality affordable housing combined with readily accessible supportive services is one of the most effective methods for improving health and well-being of individuals and families living in poverty. From a bigger community health perspective, this is huge. Roughly 70 percent of U.S. health care costs are spent on the type of treatable chronic illnesses that flourish in impoverished neighborhoods. Diabetes, heart disease, asthma – all have a direct correlation to how people live. At National CORE and Hope through Housing, we’re committed to making sure our residents live healthy lives through supportive housing. We know what the research has proven: Housing truly is the best medicine.
Ontario Sets the Standard for Housing and Health
The nexus between housing and community health is at the center of an impressive revitalization effort in the Inland Empire city of Ontario, CA, which recently was awarded a $35 million Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) grant from the state. National CORE is proud to be a partner in this project, which combines affordable housing, workforce and economic development, community gardens and active transportation to create new opportunities for individuals, families and the neighborhood at large. We believe, too, that Ontario can and should become a model for other communities to follow.
Builders for Babies – Providing Diapers to Those in Need in Our Communities
National CORE was a proud participant of the 4th annual Builders for Babies Event on June 8 at Angel Stadium under the big “A”. The event raised more than one million diapers for families experiencing homelessness in the California counties of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino. National CORE’s entry this year was Hope Carnival, a structure made up of diaper boxes totalling 100,044 diapers. Hope Carnival received the People’s Choice Award and with carnival games, caricature drawings, balloon art, face painting and treats such as popcorn and cotton candy, was a fan favorite. National CORE thanks all of our partners for making it a special day, including Advantage Painting, Altec Testing, Bay Sheet Metal, Circle City Roofing, Designworks, Gauthier Construction, Imac Construction, Lee & Stires, Royal Countertops, and Yukon Plastering. We also give a special thanks to the Orange County team at Bank of America for co-sponsoring our entry this year. We appreciate all your support.
Ground Zero for the Affordability Crisis
Just how dire is the affordable housing crisis in Southern California. According to new research by the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH), renters in the region have to earn up to 4 times the minimum wage to afford median asking rents. In Los Angeles County alone, there is a shortage of 551,807 rental homes for households earning less than $41,500, and more than 47,000 homeless people. For information on National CORE’s work in the region, please visit our website at www.nationalcore.org.
Valencia Vista honored by Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition
National CORE’s Valencia Vista community continues to earn acclaim for its role in helping to revitalize the city of San Bernardino, CA. The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition is the latest to honor the project, awarding it the group’s Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award in the Metro Housing Category. The Housing Credit program is one of the most important financing tools in the development of safe, stable affordable housing. The Coalition said the success of Valencia Vista “reminds us why this program must be expanded and strengthened to meet the expanding need for affordable rental housing.”
Save the Date: An Evening of Hope
Come dream with National CORE and Hope through Housing on Thursday, Oct. 4 as we celebrate An Evening of Hope: A Million Dreams. The annual gala, which will take place at the Ontario Convention Center, will benefit the Hope through Housing Foundation. For sponsorship opportunities and other information, please contact Jill Van Balen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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