Faith-Based Partnerships

A Creative Solution to Providing Critically Needed Affordable Housing

For 30 years, National CORE has developed and honed creative new approaches to addressing our nation’s housing crisis, including recent collaborations with faith-based organizations.

These partnerships have been instrumental in developing affordable housing in high-resource areas, fostering inclusive communities dedicated to assisting the most vulnerable segments of society.

A central mission of many faith groups is to serve the least among us. In addition, partnering with National CORE often yields tangible benefits.

The development of affordable housing communities creates an opportunity for congregations to establish a source of revenue that can be used to support their mission, facilitate repairs and complete enhancements to the organization’s infrastructure.

Legacy Square in Santa Ana, California


including 33 permanent supportive housing

Legacy Square

Santa Ana

National CORE’s inaugural faith-based venture was initiated in 2018 with the Santa Ana United Methodist Church. When the church consolidated operations from two sites to one, it invited National CORE to create affordable housing at its downtown premises. Thirty-three apartments serve residents who have experienced homelessness. The stunning development is hailed as a model for affordable housing, earning a LEED for Homes Platinum Certification and being named the 2024 Orange County Project of the Year.

Nestor Senior Village in San Diego, California


100% permanent supportive housing

Nestor Senior Village

San Diego

Developed on land owned by Nestor United Methodist Church, Nestor Senior Village provides homes for seniors ages 55 and better who have experienced homelessness. Thirty-five homes are designated for seniors who would benefit from mental health support services. The development shares amenities with the century-old church, which has a history of aiding underserved communities.

Vista de La Sierra apartments in Riverside, California


including 39 permanent supportive housing

Vista de La Sierra


Developed on surplus land owned by the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Vista de La Sierra serves families and individuals earning below 60% of the area median income. Thirty-nine apartments serve residents who have experienced homelessness or who were at risk of becoming unhoused. The development includes a standalone community center, a pool and other amenities for families.

Santa Angelina apartments in Placentia, California


including 21 permanent supportive housing

Santa Angelina


Santa Angelina represents National CORE’s first partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. The community, located at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, serves seniors ages 62 and better who earn less than 60% of the area median income. Twenty-one apartments serve seniors who have experienced homelessness or who were at risk of becoming unhoused. Two additional Episcopal Church housing collaborations are underway in Buena Park and Claremont.

Nestor United Methodist Church is grateful to be a member of the incredible team that brought Nestor Senior Village to fruition. May this development inspire further creativity, collaboration and investment in creating communities that support the dignity and flourishing of all people.

~ Nestor UMC Pastor Kimberly Ports

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles feels blessed by its collaboration with National CORE and other partners to build affordable housing. These projects allow congregations to do mission-appropriate outreach to housing- and food-insecure neighbors while securing vital resources through ground leases to build up and sustain our core ministries.

~ Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor, VII Bishop

Legacy Square in Santa Ana, California

I feel more hopeful that everything will keep going well. Little by little, more doors are opening for us, and it’s in part due to this place. Santa Ana is our home and to be able to stay here – it can’t get any better.

~ Eduardo, 29
Legacy Square

Legacy Square in Santa Ana, California

This apartment gives me and my family a sense of relief. We have our own space now and I can finally focus on getting my degree.”

~ Ashley, 28
Vista de La Sierra

Legacy Square in Santa Ana, California

This is a new beginning for me. Nestor Senior Village has given me hope and life can only get better from here.”

~ Teretha, 67
Nestor Senior Village

By partnering with National CORE, Santa Ana United Methodist Church became a part of the solution to our community’s acute lack of affordable housing while remaining true to who we are as people of faith who are called to love God with everything we’ve got and love our neighbor as ourselves.

~ The Rev. N. Adiel A. DePano, lead pastor

Contact Us Today

National CORE welcomes inquiries from faith-based organizations interested in exploring partnerships to build affordable housing communities. For more information, please contact:

Alexa Washburn
Chief Development Officer
[email protected]

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