RETIREMENT HOUSING FOUNDATION

Rating: 2.33 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Seniors

Location: 911 N. Studebaker Road Long Beach CA 90815 USA

Mission: Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) was formed in 1961 by three visionaries: two California United Church of Christ clergymen and a layperson. Their mission was to provide dignified, affordable housing for the elderly. Today, RHF is one of the nation's largest non-profit providers of affordable housing and services for the older adults, persons with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged families. RHF means home to more than 16,000 people in over 154 housing communities, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. We serve and employ without regard to race, creed, color, gender, or familial status. RHF maintains its church relevance through the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ, and also co-sponsors housing projects with numerous denominational and community organizations. RHF is also a member of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the California Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, and other state affiliates. For more information, please go to rhf.org.

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Rating: 1 stars  

This company is a joke. They expect their low income, elderly, and disabled tenants to donate money to their causes and to throw them huge anniversary celebrations. They take advantage of every opportunity to earn the all mighty dollar. They are hypocrites of the worst kind - taking advantage of both God and the government.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Abide by mission statement and be transparent.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

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This company specializes in managing properties that are subsidized by HUD. They play hard and fast with the rules, and think nothing of violating their own mission statement in the process. They actively discourage tenant associations, and deny any misdoings until confronted with actual HUD rules, documents, or a HUD ombusdman acting on a tenant's behalf. They are cheap to a fault (expecting tenants on low incomes to fund their recent 50th Anniversary celebration for example). I do not recommend any property managed by this company because they excel in self serving PR and in squashing the truth. This comment by a current employee on another site: "Time for change. Aging leadership has not stayed current with the industry and in fact is extremely far behind. Ideas from the staff (the ones who do the work) fall on deaf ears. I recommend reading the Mission, Vision, and Motto again and treat your staff as you want your staff to treat the residents, with respect. There is such a fear factor with a majority of the staff nationwide when it comes to dealing with the Long Beach office. Many very good talented, educated and experienced staff have left the organization for the very reason the CEO states every single year........employees do not leave companies, they leave supervisors and this includes the CEO."

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

A little

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

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

RHF celebrates 50 years of serving. In addition to providing quality housing options and services for families with Children, RHF has the following very successful programs that help children and families.

Children’s Education Fund – provides grants for RHF children and young adults to financially help with clothing, books, supplies, tuition and tutoring services. It is the intention of the fund to help break the cycle of poverty through education.

Annual Holiday Toy Drive Fund – provides holiday toys for RHF children-in-need. We distribute more than 700 toys to RHF kids each holiday season!

Project H.A.N.D.S. – RHF's Project H.A.N.D.S. - "Helping Angels National Donated Support" is a program where residents knit, crochet and sew items (quilts, blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, etc.) and donate them to organizations and shelters, who deal with homeless, abused, or ill children and their families. Each RHF community selects an organization/shelter in their local area to partner with on this project. Monies raised for this program go directly to purchasing the supplies residents need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced the benefits of the programs such as Project H.A.N.D.S., the Education Fund and Toy Drive that the seniors participate in creating garments and toys to children in shelters, children in hospitals and children residing in RHF communities. It is a true intergenerational wonder.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change a thing

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