Orange County Community Housing Corp.

Rating: 4.97 stars   30 reviews

Issues: Education, Homeless & Housing

Location: 2024 N. Broadway, 3rd Flr Santa Ana CA 92706-2623 USA

Mission: Founded in 1977, OCCHC is committed to getting local, state, federal and private funds invested in housing for extremely low income large families and to providing the necessary tools to those families to enable them to get an education and job training.  The foundation of a neighborhood, community, city, state and nation begins with the family.
Geographic areas served: Orange County, California

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

OCCHC has been a life changer for me. It helped me prepare for college and encouraged me to go further than just a high school degree. They believed in me from the beginning and gave me the confidence to get a higher education. The advisors really care about you and take the time to get to know you and go out of their way to help you if you need it. They encouraged me to not just go to community college but a four year university because they saw the potential in me to do great. I come from a family that has never had someone even graduate high school and the advisors went out of their way to show my family the importance of higher education and they helped me apply to college and financial aid. I am so proud and blessed to have been a part of their program. OCCHC is an amazing program!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Orange County Community Housing Corp. is the best! They offer assistance to low SES communities trying to improve and succeed. I have benefited from this Nonprofit tremendously! Not only do they offer affordable housing to my family, but they offer the college awareness program called Stepping Up. Stepping Up was a great program that helped me get to where I am today with the help of the advisers and even the director. All the people are great and enthusiastic. They truly care and respect every individual and their community. I am very thankful for this nonprofit and I appreciate everything they have done for my family and for me.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was the first of my family to apply and attend college so the whole process was a bit confusing. However, Stepping UP helped me and without them I would have been completely lost when getting ready for college. Stepping UP does so much for their students and community like promoting higher education and the benefits of reading. My love of reading and helping the community grew much more thanks to Stepping UP. I will forever be grateful of Stepping UP and its awesome staff. Thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

OCCHC/SteppingUP has helped me in so many ways. I joined when I was in 7th grade and now I am a sophomore at CSULB. From the beginning SteppingUP made me realize of all the opportunities that were out there, starting with college. They helped me open my eyes and see that I didn't have to commit in staying locally for my higher education, that I could go anywhere in California, in any state for that matter. What made this even more realistic is having had the chance to go on the Northern Trip where we were able to visit universities in northern California for a week. SteppingUP is there even for the smallest of questions or to help guide you through a difficult decision. I am so glad I was in SteppingUP because even now being in college, I can still go to them for help. I appreciate what OCCHC/SteppingUP has done for myself and other students as well.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with OCCHC for a little over a decade. From the very begging it gave my parents a big relief. They no longer has to struggle to make ends meet for an apartment in where we all stayed in one bedroom. Thanks to OCCHC my brother, sister and parents have had a room for ourselves which gave everyone more space, especially for academia. I am very thankful for OCCHC because I know my life would have been very differnt if they would have not provided my family with the aid that we needed. Personally I would love to thank Alan Boldwen for taking the initiative to creating OCCHC with his colleagues. I will never forget his exact same words he mentioned at his retirement celebration. He said, "Live simple so that others can simply live" Becauae of his mentality he has helped not only my family but hundreds of family's accross Orange County. Now that Nora is on board I am more than happy to see what she has to bring to the table. She has worked with Allan for several years and she I am positive that she will expand OCCHC.
Further more on behave of OCCHC SteppingUP began about 9 years ago and thanks to SteppingUP I recieved the guildence to get into college. I am very thankful for SteppingUP which was started by Monica Cardenas. She has really expanded the program a lot and over the years the program has guilded many students, including me I to college.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been with SteppingUp for about 5 years and I can not possibly explain how much I love this organization! Without this program, most of the things I have done would not have happened like surfing or sleeping in campus dorms and touring northern California. The staff have really opened my eyes about college and my future. Without them I would be completely lost and have no clue which path my future holds. Now I have a great perspective on all the possibilities and the necessary tools to succeed, all thanks to SteppingUp. My favorite part about the program is that the staff are so well chosen, I love all of my advisors. They connect with each student and because of this the students feel comfortable and always have fun. This also helps because the students can learn so much in such a fun way!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the College Awareness Program as a sophmore and it was the best decision I made for my future. The program provides many opportunities for the students: college field trips, weekly sessions with an advisor and a small group of other students, and most importantly the Northern Trip. Every few months we get a chance to visit a college campus and get a tour and often student panels. Weekly sessions are to guide you and keep you on track with school and as a senior, we get to go through the application process and not have to do it alone. The Northern Trip is when about 40 students are taken up northern California to visit college campuses. It is every other summer and I was chosen to go this summer of 2014. I loved it and had a lot of bonding experience with the other students and advisors. The advisors are great people you can really connect to and are there to help. They put all of their energy into helping their students. Overall the program is amazing and I'm so grateful I learned about it and was able to join.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SteppingUp is a wonderful organization that helps its students better prepare for the college application process, and as well as other things in life. Since there aren't a lot of people in the sessions, there is more one-on-one time with the advisor than an AVID class provides. Because of this, it also allows us as students to connect with our advisor to the point where we can be serious and comfortable with them. For example with my current advisor Edwin, we are able to enjoy the session and learn about the college application process, job interviews, etc. and at the end we always end up having a good laugh or two throughout.

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Rating: 5 stars  

OCCHC is an extremely well-run nonprofit- well-organized, passionate, responsible and their staff are 150% committed to their cause. They are a pleasure to work with professionally as an advisor and personally as a volunteer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

OCCHC/SteppingUP is the only non-profit in Orange County committed to serving extremely low-income families through housing and education. Working with transitional housing shelters, OCCHC stabilizes homeless families through the provision of affordable housing. Its signature program SteppingUP, provides the resources and educational opportunities through Family Mentoring and the College Awareness Program that allow our future to break the cycle of poverty through higher education.

I have had the privilege of working at OCCHC/SteppingUP for 15 years and am honored to have been a part of an organization, part of a team and part of a family that is committed to changing lives for the betterment of our future. OCCHC/SteppingUP provides not just a house, but a home and a future for at-risk youth and families throughout Orange County.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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