From the CEO
Mission Impossible? Not if we make it our problem to fix
Steve PonTell, President and CEO
National Community Renaissance
I had the honor earlier this month of emceeing the California Housing Summit, a day-long conference in Los Angeles that drew more than 500 stakeholders. Each received a report – “Mission Impossible? Meeting California’s Housing Challenges” – which noted, among other things, that while median household incomes in California have dropped 8 percent since 2000, median rents have increased 28 percent and home prices have increased 40 percent. Over the years, we’ve talked plenty about the reasons for this, from NIMBYism to regulatory barriers. What we haven’t discussed nearly enough is our own individual responsibility in making change happen. To expect that the Federal and State Government is going to fix the problem is naïve at best. The failure of Governor Brown’s recent effort to push through a housing affordability measure, or advance meaningful CEQA reform, underscores the complexities – and conflicts – lawmakers are unable or unwilling to work through. The key is for all of us, in our own individual communities, to understand the consequences of the housing crisis and address the problem ourselves. We’ll continue to bang the drum on this topic, while continuing to develop the kind of high-quality housing that truly does transform communities.
Saving Three Million Gallons of Water at One Property Alone
National CORE hosted an event this month to thank the residents of Villaggio on Route 66 for joining our “Doing Our Part” campaign and saving more than three million gallons of water at their community over the past year. More than 500 residents attended the October 21 celebration recognizing Villaggio on Route 66 as the “Most Water Efficient Community”. The community’s conservation efforts represented a 15 percent savings over prior water use. As impressive as their efforts were, Villaggio is only part of the story. Over the past year, National CORE has completed turf removal at eight properties, removing a quarter-million square feet – or the equivalent of five football fields, including end zones. We’ve installed 6,500 low-flush toilets, projected to save 26.6 million gallons of water per year – the equivalent of 40 Olympic-size swimming pools. Overall, National CORE properties have saved more than 64 million gallons of water. In August, our efforts were honored with the IE H2O Hero award from the County of San Bernardino. We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, and will continue to seek out new-and-improved ways to save this most precious natural resource.
For more information on National CORE’s conservation efforts, please go to http://nationalcore.org/news/conservation/.
An Evening of Hope
“An Evening of Hope: Inspire, Empower, Impact, Transform” – National CORE’s annual fundraiser for its Hope through Housing Foundation – is just a few weeks away. The 2016 event will be held November 10 at the Discovery Cube Orange County, 2500 North Main St. in Santa Ana. For information on how you can give to Hope through Housing, please contact Ruby Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 204-3446. For information on the event, please contact Christy Schroeder at email@example.com or call (909) 204-3423.
One of our most highly anticipated communities – Marv’s Place in Pasadena – is now open, providing formerly homeless families with high-quality housing and the support they need to start rebuilding their lives. Marv’s Place was named after Rabbi Marvin Gross, the recently retired CEO of Union Station Homeless Services and a leading advocate in the fight against homelessness in Southern California. The 20-unit, three-story facility recently was named Supportive Housing Project of the Year by the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing. Residents will have access to numerous on and offsite services, such as case management, career development, money management courts, mental health services and health care. We welcome our new residents to the National CORE family.
Raising funds to bring HealthCorps to San Bernardino
National CORE and the Hope through Housing Foundation are continuing to raise money to bring the highly acclaimed HealthCorps initiative to San Bernardino County. HealthCorps, founded by surgeon, author and television personality Dr. Oz, is a national nonprofit organization that gives teens the tools they need to improve their physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives. To contribute to bringing HealthCorps to San Bernardino County, please contact Ciriaco “Cid” Pinedo, President of Hope through Housing, at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on HealthCorps is available at www.healthcorps.com.
Save the Date
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events for National CORE and Hope through Housing. For more information, please contact Christy Schroeder at email@example.com or call (909) 204-3423.
National Community Renaissance presents
“An Evening of Hope”
November 10, 2016
Valencia Vista Grand Opening
November 30, 2016
National CORE, Hope through Housing and Affordable Housing in the News
“Housing Summit seeks more YIMBY, less NIMBY”
(Orange County Register)
“Are environmental laws making the housing affordability crisis worse?”
(Los Angeles Daily News)
“Public warming to more housing, Ventura County panel says”
(Ventura County Star)
News & Notes
Around National CORE
Residents from several of our senior properties in Santa Fe Springs and Fontana, Calif., took a field trip to Plaza Olvera in Los Angeles.