September/October 2018 Newsletter

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

Arrowhead Grove

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.

Arrowhead Grove

Arrowhead Grove

Arrowhead Grove

As Different as Night and Day

Olive Meadow, San Bernardino, CA

At Arrowhead Grove, and all of our communities, the true measure of success is how lives are being transformed through high-quality housing and supportive services from Hope through Housing. Deela Spurlock can attest to that. Twenty years ago, she had fled an abusive marriage and was battling debilitating health issues when she landed at Waterman Gardens. “I was scared in the old place, I’m going to be very honest. It wasn’t secure. It had old windows. People knew I had a disability and vision problems. I didn’t sleep well,” Deela said. “But I could afford it, so I stayed.” Her patience would pay off when Deela was approved for a unit at Olive Meadow, the first onsite phase of the Arrowhead Grove revitalization. “Oh my God, I love it,” Deela said, describing the difference as night and day – from the old Waterman Gardens and its rough reputation to a modern apartment community that could pass for luxury apartments.
To find out more about the lives that have been transformed at Arrowhead Grove, click here and here.

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

Oakcrest Heights, Yorba Linda, CA

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

Thank you!

The 2018 An Evening of Hope, A Million Dreams Gala, which took place on Oct. 4 at the Ontario Convention Center, was a beautiful event attended by more than 700 friends, partners and supporters of National CORE and the Hope through Housing Foundation.
The tone of the evening was set with a lyrical performance by the Ontario High School Dance Company. The commissioned piece was choreographed by the young dancers to the song A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman soundtrack. Guests were welcomed by Greg Bradbard, President of Hope through Housing, and Jeff Burum, Chairman of the Board for both National CORE and Hope through Housing, followed by the music of Ray “The Weeper” and his Quartet, dinner and networking. President and CEO Steve PonTell addressed the impact of social services on National CORE’s residents, especially the children. The after-school program will be the main beneficiary of the funds raised by this year’s gala. “Our after-school programs are especially vital to our communities,” said Greg Bradbard. “Not only do they provide homework support for our youth, improve social skills and give our children a safe place to go, but they also give our parents peace of mind knowing they can pursue that degree or work a few extra hours without worrying if their children are safe.”
The evening ended with presentation of awards to our honorees, which included the City of Ontario, Community Partner of the Year; Advanced Environmental Landscape, Corporate Partner of the Year; Sebastiano Sterpa, the first recipient of the Daniel R. Fauske Award; and Dorrie Bryan, the I am Hope Award honoree.
We’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to our donors and friends. We are thrilled to share that because of you, the Hope through Housing Foundation raised more than $500,000. Thank you for impacting the lives of the children, families and seniors we serve in southern California and beyond. If you or someone you know would like to visit one of our after-school programs to see what we do first-hand, please contact Alyssa Cotter, Director of Development, at
An Evening of Hope 2018
An Evening of Hope 2018
An Evening of Hope 2018

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”
(Builder Magazine)

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