September 2016 Newsletter

From the CEO

The housing crisis: Having the conversation is only the start

Steve PonTell, President and CEO
National Community Renaissance

Much is being said these days about housing affordability – particularly here in the Golden State – and with good reason. Rents in California are 50 percent above the national average. The cost of a new home is 2 ½ times what it is elsewhere in the U.S. And the chances of being “house poor” are significantly higher here than any other state in the country. How did we get here? As you can imagine, there is no one answer, but at or near the top of the list is a political and regulatory environment at the community level that increasingly treats new housing as a liability rather than the asset it is. Ironically, that same resistance to high-quality new housing that people can afford has given birth to a host of far more serious problems that cities across the state are now having to confront: overcrowded living conditions, illegal garage conversions and homelessness, to name a few. The fact that we’re finally having a conversation about this is a good thing. Committing to mixed-income housing strategies at the local level is a critical next step.

The Results Are In

Doing OUr PArt

Villaggio on Route 66 is National CORE’s Most Water Efficient Community! Congratulations to our property management team and our residents for their impressive commitment to water conservation. As a result of our “Doing Our Part” campaign, National CORE has conserved more than 250 million gallons of water!

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Grand Opening Set for Valencia Vista

Valencia Vista

The Grand Opening of the first phase of the Arrowhead Grove community revitalization effort in San Bernardino will take place in the Fall of 2016. Arrowhead Grove will consist of more than 400 new housing units, recreational amenities and upgraded infrastructure. Work recently finished on the first phase, Valencia Vista, located immediately to the south of the former Waterman Gardens site. Valencia Vista consists of 75 affordable units, a 2,200 square-foot community center, an onsite afterschool program, a computer lab, children’s play area, swimming pool and outdoor gathering spaces. Meanwhile, construction has begun on Olive Meadows, the first phase of units being built on the former Waterman Gardens site. Arrowhead Grove will spur significant economic benefits for the city as a whole. A 2014 study by the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting concluded that construction activities alone will increase economic output in San Bernardino County by $81.1 million, support 1,032 jobs and pay about $46.8 million in labor income to county residents. Long term, Arrowhead Grove will generate millions of dollars a year in tax revenues to support vital services.

Raising Funds to Bring HealthCorps to San Bernardino County


National CORE and the Hope through Housing Foundation have started a fundraising campaign 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 tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives. HealthCorps students exercise more, eat better and practice positive thought. “We believe HealthCorps can have a transformational impact in San Bernardino County, and is very much in line with National CORE’s community building efforts in the county,” said Steve PonTell, President and Chief Executive Officer of National CORE. “Providing a framework for young people to live healthier lives is a key element to breaking destructive cycles and bringing about greater community change. To contribute to bringing HealthCorps to San Bernardino County, please contact Ciriaco “Cid” Pinedo, President of Hope through Housing, at More information on HealthCorps is available at

National CORE to Play Significant Role in SCAG Housing Summit

National CORE will have a highly visible role in the upcoming California Housing Summit (“The Cost of Not Housing”) sponsored by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). CEO Steve PonTell, a nationally respected leadership voice on the subject of housing affordability, will lead the opening panel discussion, “Houston … I Mean … California? We Have a Problem!” The panel will look at the housing shortage’s root causes and its physical, economic and health costs. The California Housing Summit will be held Tuesday, October 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LA Hotel, 333 S. Figueroa St. in Los Angeles. For more information, please go to:

Thank You Rotary and Payless Shoes

Rotary and Payless

Rotary and Payless

Youngsters from Villaggio on Route 66 went back to school in style after receiving free shoes, socks, backpacks and school supplies courtesy of the Rotary Club and Payless Shoes in Rancho Cucamonga. Fifty children had the opportunity to choose whatever shoes they wanted while their parents enjoyed a continental breakfast outside.

Rotary and Payless

Rotary and Payless

An Evening of Hope

2016 Showcase

Sponsorships and tickets are still available for Hope through Housing’s annual gala, “An Evening of Hope: Inspire, Empower, Impact, Transform.” The 2016 gala will be held November 10 at the Discovery Cube Orange County, 2500 North Main Street in Santa Ana. For information on sponsorships, please contact Ruby Foster at or call (909) 204-3446. For information on the event, please contact Christy Schroeder at or call (909) 204-3423.

Save the Date

Upcoming events for National CORE and Hope through Housing. For more information, please contact Christy Schroeder at or call (909) 204-3423.

Grand Opening for Valencia Vista
San Bernardino
Fall 2016


National Community Renaissance presents
“An Evening of Hope”
November 10, 2016
News and Notes

Around National CORE

Arrowhead Grove

Arrowhead Grove
Resident Barbecue at Arrowhead Grove (San Bernardino, CA)


Seventy-two residents participated in National Night Out at Promenade (West Covina, CA), along with the West Covina Police, Fire Department, 911 dispatch, and cadets. National Night Out is an annual event that raises the awareness of police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch and other anti-crime efforts.

Vilaggio on Route 66

Villaggio on Route 66
Movie night at Villaggio on Route 66 (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)

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