December 2018 Newsletter

From the CEO

Making Dreams Come True

Steve PonTell, President and CEO
National Community Renaissance

National CORE and the Hope through Housing Foundation couldn’t exist – much less fulfill our mission of transforming lives and the communities we serve – without your support. The financial contributions of donors to our Hope through Housing Foundation allow us to provide the life-changing supportive services that enable our residents – many of whom are coming from desperate situations – to better take care of themselves and their families. As you’ll see below, we recently held a grand opening of our Oakcrest Heights community in Yorba Linda, providing housing and services for low- and extremely low-income families. Much of that is thanks to you. You’re making dreams come true. As the holiday season approaches, we wish you all the best and thank you for allowing us to do what we do best. If you can see fit to help us more, please do. You’ll find information at the bottom of this newsletter on how to maximize your contribution. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a blessed New Year.

Grand Opening of Oakcrest Heights in Yorba Linda with 54 Units and Future Preschool

Oakcrest Heights, Yorba Linda, CA

Our highly-anticipated Oakcrest Heights residential community for low- to extremely low-income individuals and families in Yorba Linda, is now open! A ribbon cutting was held November 28 for the 54-unit apartment home community, which offers support facilities and amenities to help residents build their lives and become more self-sufficient. These include an onsite preschool, an after-school facility next door and an onsite service coordinator who will help provide residents with access to services such as workforce development, financial literacy, adult education and health and wellness. We’re thrilled to bring this development to Orange County and are extremely grateful for the support we’ve received from the start from the City of Yorba Linda and our other partners.

Vista del Puente to Provide Housing to Homeless Veterans in San Diego

Vista del Puente, San Diego, CA

National CORE is looking forward to the grand opening of the supportive housing community of Vista del Puente in San Diego on December 18. With 52 stunning apartment homes – half of which have been designated for homeless veterans – Vista del Puente was developed in collaboration with Townspeople, the San Diego Housing Commission and a number of financial partners. In addition to the 26 units for homeless veterans and their families, 12 units will be set aside for non-veteran homeless families, along with 13 traditional affordable units for individuals and families. The grand opening celebration begins at 10 a.m. on December 18. For more information, please contact Christy Schroeder at

National CORE congratulates its construction team on receiving LEED for Homes Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for this development, demonstrating their ongoing commitment to incorporating green strategies to achieve efficiencies and healthy indoor environments.

National CORE to reduce or Eliminate Energy Costs for More than 5,000 Residents

Solar panels at Desert Meadows, Indio, CA

National CORE has contracted with Everyday Energy and Omni Energy, California’s most experienced developers of multifamily affordable housing solar, to develop, install and finance the solar projects. Everyday/Omni offers its Solar Access Platform across multiple affordable housing programs and markets designed to provide the benefits of solar directly to owners and residents through the use of solar rebates, tax equity and debt.

“National CORE is committed to our resident’s quality of life and the affordability of our homes,” said Dan Lorraine, Senior Vice President of Property Management for National CORE. “There are a lot of reasons to go solar – cost savings for low-income residents, a commitment to a sustainable future, and increased value for our investors.”

Not Just Another Day at the Beach: How Zack Collie’s Life Changed in an Instant

Zack Collie, resident at Oakcrest Terrace, Yorba Linda, CA

Life changed forever for Zack Collie on one fateful day in 2010. He was enjoying a day at the beach with friends when he decided to run into the water and dive under a wave. He went head first into a sand bar, breaking his neck and instantly becoming paralyzed. Despite his physical challenges, Zack went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Cal State Fullerton and, with the help of National CORE, has a place of his own at our Oakcrest Terrace community in Yorba Linda. Oakcrest Terrace offers Zack something rare, an affordable apartment in a very affluent community close to his parents. Without those two elements, Zack would not have been able to live on his own. Read more about Zack’s story.

Make Dreams of a Better Future Possible with Your Year-End Gift

A Million Dreams

Now you can help make those dreams a reality with a year-end gift to the Hope through Housing Foundation. And it’s easy … just visit our website. Now through the end of the year, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor, up to $100,000, doubling your impact. If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can help, too, through Amazon Smile. Just log in to with your Amazon credentials, select Hope through Housing as your charity, and Amazon will automatically donate .5% of your purchase back to us. It’s that simple! Thank you for your support. Together, we are transforming lives and communities!

Affordable Housing in the News

“Senior homeless, mentally ill housing coming to San Ysidro”
(San Diego Union Tribune)

“Affordable Housing Is An Issue, Even For D.C. Politicians”
(Source Weekly)

“Here’s the median cost of a home in different parts of the country”

“After Homelessness, ‘I Just Wanted Security’ “
(New York Times)

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