From the CEO
How to Reduce Homelessness–Build More Housing
Steve PonTell, President and CEO
National Community Renaissance
In December, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its latest point-in-time report showing that the number of homeless Americans had surged to more than 550,000. Of those, nearly 200,000 had no access to nightly shelter and were staying in tents, vehicles, under bridges or overpasses, or some other uninhabitable location. The problem is most severe in California and the West, where, ironically, a booming economy is one of the main culprits. Growing numbers of individuals and families simply can’t keep pace with skyrocketing rents. The latest UCLA Anderson Forecast, released last month, quantified the correlation between high housing costs and homelessness. While other factors, such as mental illness and substance abuse, also contribute to the rise, the lack of affordable housing is the No. 1 determinant. Sadly, too many communities still resist any efforts to build more housing, even as they spend more and more money trying to eliminate homelessness. It’s long past time to shift the narrative from “Not In My Backyard” to “Yes In My Backyard.”
Marv’s Place: A Model for Ending Homelessness
At National CORE, we’ve seen the positive turnaround that can occur in the lives of homeless individuals and families when like minds work together. At our Marv’s Place community in Pasadena, two dozen formerly homeless families are rebuilding their lives thanks to a partnership with Union Station Homeless Services, the City of Pasadena, the County of Los Angeles, First 5 and numerous funding and support agencies. We believe this model can be scaled up regionally, statewide and beyond – assuming the will exists to fix homelessness, not just move it to the next community.
Marv’s Place: A Life Transformed for a Dad and His Daughter
$20 Million Awarded for Next Phase of Arrowhead Grove Community Revitalization
Thank you California’s Strategic Growth Council for awarding National CORE’s Arrowhead Grove Neighborhood Revitalization in San Bernardino $20 million through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program. We’re proud to serve as development partner in this transformative revitalization effort, along with the City of San Bernardino, the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino and multiple funders, agencies and educational institutions. When completed, Arrowhead Grove will include more than 400 units of affordable and market-rate housing, community amenities, upgraded infrastructure and an integrated educational environment – transforming the lives of residents and the community at large.
Community Leaders and Friends Hit the Runway to Benefit Hope through Housing
National CORE Resident Wins Scholarship from EWI Pomona Valley
We’re thrilled to report that one of our Oakcrest Terrace residents, Gabriela Sandoval Perez, has been awarded the ASIST scholarship from the EWI Pomona Valley chapter. The scholarship helps local women in transition to further their educational goals as they work to create a better life for themselves and their families. We’d also like to recognize Blanca Arellano, Services Coordinator, for her support and encouragement of Gabriela during the award process.
Save the Date: An Evening of Hope
Come dream with National CORE and Hope through Housing on Thursday, Oct. 4 as we celebrate An Evening of Hope: A Million Dreams. The annual gala, which will take place at the Ontario Convention Center, will benefit the Hope through Housing Foundation. For sponsorship opportunities and other information, please contact Christy Schroeder at (909) 204-3423.
Affordable Housing in the News
(The Sacramento Bee)