Orange County Community Housing Corp.
Rating: 4.97 stars 35 35 reviews 2,666
Education, Homeless & Housing
501 N. Golden Circle Dr., 200 Santa Ana CA 92705 USA
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.
very low income students go to college
Direct beneficiaries per year:
over 500 students
Geographic areas served:
Orange County, California
the College Awareness Program which provides the student with a well-trained competent Academic Advisor and associated programs
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Would not be here at UCSB without their help. The advisors were always so willing to help and made you feel that you were capable of achieving more than you thought. I am very thankful for the opportunities they exposed me to, especially during my senior year, they were with me the whole way.
OCCHC/SteppingUP has been a major investor in my education. I joined SteppingUP when I was in 7th grade and participated in their College Awareness Program (CAP) till I became the first in my family to graduate from high school. With the help of my academic advisor, Maggie, I was able to be the first in my family to pursue a higher education; currently in my 4th year at California State University, Long Beach majoring in Health Care Administration while attempting to complete pre-reqs for medical school. Also, I am currently an Academic Advisor for the SteppingUP program, the best part of this position is that I have the privilege of guiding students who were once in my shoes and in the same community that I grew up in, Oak View in Huntington Beach.
OCCHC/SteppingUP changes lives! That is why they are one of the leading non-profits in OC! :)
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I've been part of Stepping Up since I was in eighth grade and it was probably the best, most productive thing I ever did. All throughout high school, we were taken on college tours, met with amazing advisors, and constantly did workshops that enhanced our lives both academically and personally. You can tell the staff really care about their students. Now, thanks to the Alumni Chapter, they even still reach out to those of us who have already graduated. I love this program!
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I have been working with OCCHC/SteppingUP for about 8 years (not consecutively). It is an organization that has helped me grow into a professional. Working with families and students is what I love to do and SteppingUP has allowed me to show that passion. Our families and students always remind us that we are making in impact in their lives. We hope to continue our programs so we can assist all and every family that passes through our doors.
As a manager of a community reinvestment department for a large bank, I look for community organizations that are well run, have a mission that is impactful to underserved communities and individuals, are strongly supported by their board, and use a high percentage of donated funds towards their mission. OCCHC is committed to serve very low- and extremely low-income families through housing and education. County agencies count on OCCHC when looking to place families in desperate need. A forward looking organization, they also look to improve a family's financial position by assisting their children (and surrounding communities) get a higher education. They do this with SteppingUp, their signature program, which includes tutoring, college preparation courses, mentors, and scholarships. Indeed, OCCHC is not just a place called HOME, its an opportunity for a bright future for entire families. As a board member, I recommend you consider checking them out and offering your support.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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