From the CEO
Building Sustainable Affordable Housing: Why it Matters
Steve PonTell, President and CEO
National Community Renaissance
At National CORE, we strive for LEED Certification for energy efficient construction in every community we build. It’s great recognition and we’re proud of it, but providing affordable – and sustainable – housing is about so much more than a pat on the back. People who live in well-built homes constructed from green building materials, that are well insulated and make efficient use of water, electricity and other natural resources are far, far more likely to enjoy good health. Air circulation is better, reducing the risk of mold and exposure to harmful particulates. Energy costs are reduced, which allows families to spend more on health care, food and clothing. The list goes on. The challenge has been, and remains, providing state-of-the-art energy efficient housing at a reasonable cost. Technology is expensive, as are the materials needed to build a LEED-certified home. But it’s an investment we’re willing to make, and need to make. We thank the architects, designers, contractors and suppliers who have helped us become a national leader in green affordable housing. It matters.
Read more about environmentally sustainable affordable housing.
Arrowhead Grove: Green Construction Helps to Transform Lives
On a beautiful, 95-degree day in September, more than 100 elected officials, government and community leaders, stake holders and residents came together to celebrate the upcoming phases of the Arrowhead Grove Neighborhood Revitalization project in San Bernardino, Calif. This nationally-acclaimed redevelopment of one of San Bernardino’s core neighborhoods is now entering its third phase. The first two phases of the project, which included the Olive Meadow and Valencia Vista communities, were certified LEED Platinum – the highest rating awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council – helping to transform what was a 70-year-old public housing project into a model for affordable, sustainable housing.
The Arrowhead Grove celebration, which included a tour of the new units and an update on the $20 million award from the California Strategic Growth Council and an additional $1.2 million from Dignity Health Systems bridge loan to help move the development forward. Partners include the City of San Bernardino, the County of San Bernardino, the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino; National Community Renaissance and the Clancy Company.
As Different as Night and Day
Simply Having a Job is Not enough to Support a Family
According to a study recently released by the United Ways of California, one in three households in California struggle to meet their basic needs each month. Read Hope through Housing President Greg Bradbard’s op-ed piece on how reducing housing costs is key to helping struggling families live healthier, more productive lives.
Coming Soon: Oakcrest Heights
Check out this construction update on Oakcrest Heights in Yorba Linda. Upon completion the community will provide 54 affordable apartment homes, offering residents the same access to resources and amenities available to their more affluent neighbors, including high-performing schools and healthy shopping.
An Evening of Hope
Emotions of Hope
Guests of the 2018 Evening of Hope Gala were captivated by an emotion-filled video featuring four National CORE residents who shared their stories of pain, resilience and hope. The audience listened intently as Omekia Candelaria, Myrna Jeffery, Karina Monvolvo and Annali Morales opened up. The women, three of whom were in the audience, attributed their improved situation to safe, affordable housing and supportive services. We invite you to listen to their stories.
Affordable Housing in the News
“Why do so many affordable-housing advocates reject the law of supply and demand?”
(The Washington Post)
“Opinion: Prop 1 builds the affordable housing families need”
(Marin Independent Journal)
“Calling all housing innovators”