Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – National CORE leaders are crediting a strong partnership with the City of Santa Ana for paving the way for an innovative affordable housing community that has earned a prestigious 2023 Sustainability Award from the Southern California Association of Governments.

The city received SCAG’s Housing Innovation Award earlier this month for Legacy Square, a 93-unit transit-oriented affordable housing community developed by National CORE. The award is one of seven recognizing excellence and innovation in planning, land use and transportation to improve mobility, livability, prosperity and sustainability across a six-county region.

“Santa Ana’s unwavering support has been critical to our success in creating Legacy Square, which offers the hope of a home for the most vulnerable members of our community,” National CORE President Mike Ruane said. “This partnership has allowed us to create a beautiful community with an innovative and environmentally sustainable design that offers residents a host of amenities.”

Legacy Square, which sits next to a future Orange County streetcar location, replaces two underutilized buildings owned by the Santa Ana Methodist Church. The development includes 30 one-bedroom homes, 39 two-bedroom homes and 24 three-bedroom homes, as well as more than 1,750 square feet of ground-level flexible space and a 3,800-square-foot community center.

Offsite elements feature almost $10 million in sustainable transportation improvements, including bike lanes and pedestrian safety improvements for safer routes to school, a pocket park, street trees and funding to promote public transit.

A grand opening celebration will be held in late June.

Legacy Square will be National CORE’s sixth community in Orange County, joining affordable housing developments in Yorba Linda, Anaheim and San Clemente. In addition, National CORE is developing three new communities in Lake Forest, Anaheim and Placentia.

“National CORE is thrilled to continue our successful collaborations with communities across Orange County, providing much needed affordable housing that fits seamlessly into established communities,” Ruane said.

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About National CORE

National CORE is one of the largest nonprofit developers in the nation, with a 30-year history of being an innovator in the field. In 2021 National CORE became one of only two affordable housing developers to earn an A+ credit rating from Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings. In 2022, National CORE issued $100 million in Series 2022 Social Bonds to accelerate the development of critically needed affordable housing. Serving more than 25,000 residents, National CORE strives to be a launching pad, not a landing pad, for families struggling financially. In 1998, National CORE created the Hope through Housing Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit, whose mission is to end the cycle of generational poverty through resident services that promote educational attainment, economic mobility and overall wellbeing.


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