November 2017 Newsletter

From the CEO

850 Guests Celebrate 25 Years of Transforming Lives!

Steve PonTell, President and CEO
National Community Renaissance

A huge shout out to our family and friends for making National CORE’s 25th Anniversary Gala, benefiting the Hope through Housing Foundation, a tremendous success. More than 850 people attended the event in honor of the incredible impact Hope through Housing has made in the lives of tens of thousands of residents over the past quarter century. More than $650,000 was raised, with all proceeds going towards Hope through Housing’s efforts to break the cycle of poverty by preparing at-risk youth for future self-sufficiency, moving families toward economic mobility and building senior health and wellness.

Even with all that, it’s a story best told in pictures …


The evening featured a special performance by the E. Neal Roberts Elementary School Choir. The San Bernardino school is located within the Arrowhead Grove Neighborhood Revitalization, a National CORE-led effort to transform one of the city’s most at-risk neighborhoods.


The room was packed!


Olen Jones was presented with the “I Am Hope Award.” Olen is the Community Relations Director for National CORE, and a collection of his inspiring “Every Monday Matters” essays was distributed to all guests.


National CORE and Hope through Housing co-founder Andrew Wright (left) and his wife, Blenda were honored for their 25 years of dedication to the organizations. Andy and Blenda are pictured with National CORE President/CEO Steve PonTell.


Returning Chairman of the Board Jeff Burum talks about the incredible outpouring of support he and the two organizations he co-founded have received.


Greg Bradbard, President of Hope through Housing, talks about the lives – and communities – transformed through the efforts of Hope through Housing and its partners.

To learn more about Hope through Housing, please go to To support the great work it is doing in our region, please go to

Dr. Oz & Steve PonTell: “This time, let’s rebuild for resiliency”

Our hearts go out to the people of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico whose lives were upended by the recent hurricanes. It’s impossible to fathom the challenges so many of them will face as they rebuild their homes and their communities. With our thoughts and prayers come hope, confidence and a commitment to do everything in our power to ensure that these communities not only come back stronger than ever, but serve as a model for others to follow. National CORE CEO Steve PonTell teamed up recently with Dr. Oz to offer their thoughts on rebuilding for resiliency.

‘A place that makes my daughter wake up smiling every morning’

Adar Bolton and her daughter deserved better than the “filthy and dangerous” apartment complex they used to live in. They couldn’t afford a cleaner, safer home, however … until now. The Three Oaks apartment community, a collaboration between National CORE, Related California and the city of Santa Clarita, CA., represents the city’s first completely affordable housing complex specifically for low-income families. Read more about the community’s grand opening.

‘Doing Our Part’ puts international spotlight on water conservation

Since its launch in 2016, National CORE’s innovative water conservation program, “Doing Our Part,” has exceeded all expectations, saving 11 million gallons of water in the first six months alone. This fall, the Institute of Real Estate Management honored National CORE with its 2017 Real Estate Management Excellence (REME) Award for Sustainability within the Workplace Environment. Here’s more about our conservation efforts and this prestigious award.

Remember Hope through Housing on Giving Tuesday!

Help National CORE and Hope through Housing break the cycle of poverty. Join us in impacting the lives of children living in our affordable housing communities. Give HOPE by texting IAmHope to 91999 or go to

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT by donating before the end of the year. Hope through Housing has an anonymous donor who will match all donations up to $100,000!

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

“Seniors celebrate at Fall Festival, Fontana”
(Foothills Reader)

“Futurists urge local cities to make way for electric and autonomous vehicles – or else”
(San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

“State officials: GOP tax proposal would gut affordable housing”
(Orange County Register)

“New legislation aims to address affordable housing needs”
(CBS19 News)

“Tax Reform and Affordable Housing Subsidies”
(CATO Institute)

News & Notes
Around National CORE

Congratulations to Fernando Cardenas from Arrowhead Grove and Sandra Houston from our Fontana properties, who took home top honors in the maintenance professional and assistant manager categories at the Inland Empire Institute of Real Estate Management Gala.




A great turnout for our Resident Appreciation Barbecue at Citrus Grove in Rialto, CA.



Fall Decoration Day at the Heritage Pointe Senior Apartments in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.


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