November 2016 Newsletter

From the CEO

Making housing affordability a post-election priority

Steve PonTell, President and CEO
National Community Renaissance

Now that the elections are over, it’s time for America – and the communities it represents – to get down to the business at hand. While much was debated during the recent campaign cycle, one critical issue that received less attention than it should have was the housing affordability crisis and the impact it is having on our economy, our health and our way of life. Housing always has been synonymous with the American Dream, and never has that ideal faced bigger challenges than it does today. While we believe ultimately the solution lies at the local level, the conversation is national in scope. Those who represent us at every level of government are obliged to take notice and make housing affordability the priority it deserves to be.

An Evening of Hope

We would like to thank everyone who made our annual fundraising event – “National CORE Presents An Evening of Hope: Inspire, Empower, Impact, Transform” – a huge success. Held November 10 at the Discovery Cube Orange County, the event brought together partners, donors, community leaders, and many of our residents and employees.

Bringing HealthCorps to San Bernardino

One of the highlights of our event was this video by surgeon, author and television personality Dr. Oz, officially announcing plans to bring the highly acclaimed HealthCorps initiative to San Bernardino County. HealthCorps’ Living Labs program will be featured at three high schools in the county – Upland, Big Bear and San Gorgonio – providing wellness training and professional support. National CORE and Hope through Housing spearheaded this effort, and are continuing to raise money to support Health Corps’ efforts in the county. To contribute, please contact Ciriaco “Cid” Pinedo, President of Hope through Housing, at More information on HealthCorps is available at

Helping children in need stay fed when school isn’t in session

In Southern California, one in four children live in poverty. In communities such as San Bernardino, the only meals the majority of children receive are the free or assisted lunches they qualify for at school. Working with the Inland Empire United Way, National CORE and the Hope through Housing Foundation are helping to ensure that many of these children have food when school is not in session. The Kids Pack program provides nutritious weekend snacks to homeless and very low-income children when school meals are not available. For more information on the Kids Pack program, visit

The transformation begins: Grand Opening at Valencia Vista

Valencia Vista, the first phase of the highly anticipated Arrowhead Grove redevelopment project in San Bernardino, hosted a Grand Opening on November 30. Arrowhead Grove, formerly Waterman Gardens, will offer high-quality market rate, senior and affordable housing – filling a critical need in the city while creating economic development opportunities for the community at large. Here’s a video we worked on with the San Bernardino City Unified School District, highlighting Arrowhead Grove as a remarkable example of collective impact.

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.

Renaissance Village Grand Re-Opening
December 8, 2016

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

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

“First Phases Moving Towards Completion at Mission Cove”

News & Notes
Around National CORE

Sunset Heights

National CORE residents celebrate the season with Harvest Festival at Sunset Heights (Alta Loma, CA – pictured above) and San Antonio Vista & Vista Del Cielo (Montclair, CA – pictured below)

San Antonio Vista & Vista Del Cielo


At Mountainside (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), residents celebrated Halloween with a haunted house tour.


CSU Fullerton nursing students conduct salsa dancing demonstrations for residents at Little Lake Village (Los Angeles, CA) as part of a community engagement partnership.

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