National CORE (National CORE), one of the nation’s most respected nonprofit community builders, will celebrate a quarter-century of transforming lives and communities on Nov. 2 when it hosts “An Evening of Hope” – its 25th Anniversary Gala in support of the Hope through Housing Foundation.
The gala, at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center in Pomona, CA, will celebrate the past, present and future of National CORE and Hope through Housing, highlighting the people, organizations and cities that have made their success possible. More than 1,000 attendees are expected.
“We believe there is no greater mission than to provide individuals and families in need with the opportunity to rebuild their lives. Together with our supporters, National CORE and Hope through Housing have been able to offer services, expertise and coordination that inspire hope, present opportunity, generate prosperity and catalyze empowerment for our most vulnerable populations,” said Steve PonTell, President and Chief Executive Officer of National CORE.
National CORE traces its roots to 1992, when homebuilders Jeffrey S. Burum and Andrew B. Wright founded the nonprofit Southern California Housing Development Corporation to provide affordable housing for an underserved population. Seven years later, National Housing Development Corporation was founded to expand the organization’s reach. In 2006, the two organizations united to form a single non-profit, National CORE.
The organization has been a pioneer in the development of nonprofit housing in the United States. In 1996, the organization’s Heritage Pointe community in Rancho Cucamonga became the first affordable housing development in the U.S. built completely in-house by a nonprofit. Today, National CORE manages more than 9,000 affordable, senior and market-rate units in California, Arkansas, Texas and Florida.
In 1998, the Hope through Housing Foundation was created as a separate nonprofit to provide services and raise funds to support programs for residents and communities. Hope Through Housing delivers an array of on-site, quality health and social services including family financial literacy, senior wellness activities, and quality preschool and afterschool programs.
Together, National CORE and Hope through Housing play a major role in several of the more notable community development projects in the country, including the Arrowhead Grove Neighborhood Revitalization effort on the site of the former Waterman Gardens public housing community in San Bernardino. The multimillion-dollar redevelopment plan calls for more than 400 housing units, and is being credited with transforming one of the city’s most challenged neighborhoods.
“Providing safe, quality housing combined with effective social services that empower low-income parents to raise successful kids is a growing need across California and beyond. That’s what we’re committed to providing, and thanks to our partners and supporters, we’re witnessing lives and communities being transformed every day,” said Greg Bradbard, President of the Hope through Housing Foundation.
An Evening of Hope will feature special presentations to the City of Rancho Cucamonga (25th Anniversary Community Partner Award), Fire-N-Ice Heating and Air Conditioning (25th Anniversary Corporate Partner Award), and the family of the late Daniel R. Fauske (Founders Award). In honor of its 25th anniversary, National CORE will recognize one of its employees with the I Am Hope Award for embodying the values, mission and vision of the organization.
The evening will include a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., gourmet dinner and live entertainment. For more information on the event, please contact Christy Schroeder at or visit
About National CORE, Hope through Housing
National CORE, based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable housing. CORE manages more than 9,000 affordable, senior and market-rate units in California, Arkansas, Texas and Florida. Over its nearly two decade history, the Hope through Housing Foundation has provided more than 2 million hours of transformational social services such as financial literacy training, senior wellness, and preschool and afterschool programs. For more information on National CORE and Hope through Housing, please visit