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May 29, 2014

OCCHC has provided me and my family the opportunity to live a much better life than we were previously living in. Now that I have been in college having the privacy of my own room was vital because it's very difficult study for college material when your entire family lives in one room. However, OCCHC gave me and my family the opportunity to have our own place that otherwise we wouldn't be able to afford. I can't say how thankful I am for this privelege.

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

May 27, 2014

Orange County Community Housing Corporation is not just your typical affordable housing nonprofit. Not only do they support affordable housing for very low-income families, provide financial empowerment sessions for their families, and provide college preparedness for their students, they continuously adapt to the needs of the community. For instance, through their SteppingUp program, OCCHC realized the missing gap between high-income students and their SAT score and low-income students and their SAT score. OCCHC had decided to implement a new program for SAT testing to provide their students with the same equity in SAT scores. Students who have gone through the program have seen dramatic increases in their score that provided them a scholarship or college grant. OCCHC is innovative and continuously support their families by providing them a pathway of success. I am proud to be a board member.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

February 10, 2014

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February 10, 2014

Orange County Community Housing Corp. does an excellent job in helping people in need and enabling them to become independent and self-reliant through education. The impact that OCCHC has on people is tangible and long-lasting. OCCHC empowers the powerless, and educates the uneducated.

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

February 10, 2014

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February 10, 2014

OCCH is a great organization empowering youth in low income housing to achieve impressive academic results through their SteppingUp program available to tenant families and the surrounding communities. Serving on the Board is privilege allowing the benefit of advocacy and promotion of a grassroots program that works and continues to give back.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

March 18, 2012

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March 18, 2012

For 35 years OCCHC has been a leader and advocate for affordable housing in Orange County. But they are more than a home builder and landlord; all staff members are also angels for the extremely low income families in the county. As a board member I am astonished at each meeting with the level to which they serve their tenants. From services to help improve job skills and job seeking opportunities; to help and support for advanced education. Unlike a typical landlord, OCCHC’s mission is to help improve their tenant’s financial position through education. It is no surprise that former OCCHC tenants and employees are now leaders and affordable housing advocates in the community. In fact, several nonprofits and for-profit community development and housing entities in Orange County received initial support from OCCHC. What an awesome opportunity to serve!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 10, 2011

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November 10, 2011

OCCHC provides affordable housing and support for hundreds of students though their award winning Stepping Up program. The staff is professional and the Board of Directors highly engaged and provides direction and oversight. A lesser known, but equally important, is educational role the organization provides on community development and affordable housing policy matters.

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

participating in public events with OCCHC staff and board

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

Clone them several times over...

November 18, 2010

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November 18, 2010

This organization is amazing. They make a difference in peoples lives. That's why my wife and I continue to support the organization, even after we moved to Texas 1 1/2 years ago. I have also participated on the Advisory Board. There is so much need and never enough resources to serve all of the need. Over the 10 years we have been involved, we have got to know many young men and women that have been positively impacted by the programs of this organization. Wow!!!! If you want to warm your heart, support this organization.

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

being on the Advisory Board and being a Donor

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

Expand it and work hard on getting more supporters. I would also grow the endowment program.

August 29, 2010

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August 29, 2010

The OCCHC has proven over the years to know how to directly impact the lives of people who simply need assistance in finding affordable housing. This is the first step to improving our economy, as a stable living environment allows children and whole families to flourish and pursue educational advances. OCCHC has a skilled team that is dedicated to helping people achieve a better life, and I have seen the results on a daily basis crossing paths with their tenants.

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

Dealing with their team members and tenants during the past ten years has enabled me to see the many benefits they provide to the community. As an office neighbor, and now board member, I can attest to their persistence and commitment to helping people.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Truly dedicated to making every dollar raised go to the mission of the organization, in effect providing affordable housing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 24, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 24, 2010

The combination of secure and safe housing along with targeted educational programs provides an incredible foundation that helps entire families transition toward self-sufficiency. Not only is this organization addressing the root causes of generational poverty, they are also giving their residents the tools to create their own futures.

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I have been a volunteer and donor for many years. The stories of lives changes are endless. I will always support this amazing organization. I know of no other like it.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 12, 2010
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July 12, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

My family became OCCHC residents in 2001. My husband and I have 5 children. Prior to coming to OCCHC, we had been through some very hard times that included homelessness, followed by living for two years in a transitional shelter just to get on our feet. Even after making many positive strides in the right direction, chances were very slim that we could afford to live in Orange County and raise our 5 young children on our limited incomes. At the time that we were accepted by OCCHC, I asked if it would be possible for me to return to school. This had always been a dream of mine and I could see it as a way for me to help better support my family, but it seemed unachievable because I had to work full-time and care for my children. We were elated when we heard the answer, "Yes! Yes you can go to school." One reason this was possible was because our rent would be affordable and I didn't have to work full-time, but could instead attend school full-time. Immediately after moving into our apartment I enrolled at community college. Two years later I graduated with a 4.0 gpa and honors and transferred to UCI on a full scholarship. Two years after that I graduated Summa Cum Laude and transferred to CSU Long Beach to pursue my Masters degree. I now work at OCCHC and am able to support my family. We are now looking forward to purchasing a home in the near future and continuing to push forward as we prepare our children for college. We sincerely thank OCCHC for providing our family with hope and a safe home while allowing us to improve our lives. This has made all the difference in where we are today.

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

Housing, school, employment, and giving back.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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