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Orange County Community Housing Corp.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Homeless & Housing, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Literacy, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

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.

Target demographics: very low income students go to college

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 500 students

Geographic areas served: Orange County, California

Programs: the College Awareness Program which provides the student with a well-trained competent Academic Advisor and associated programs

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Lizbeth Ramirez and I am a junior at Ocean View High School. I have been in the program for about four years now and I have learned many many things. As the first in my family to be going to college, I knew nothing about how to get to college and what I needed to be able to apply. SteppingUP has taught me the difference between privates and public colleges, they have taught me how to be able to pay for college even if you don't have the money. From how to get to college, to learning about credit/debit, and having a healthy life style, SteppingUP has taught me many valuable lessons that will be very useful in my future. I am very grateful to have SteppingUP in my life. I don't know what my future would look like without it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a previous board member of this organization, I remain deeply impressed with its continued progress to fulfill its mission of providing quality housing and supportive services for those in need. Since its inaugural days in the late 1970's when it became one of the first non-profits in Orange County to address the critical need for affordable housing for lower income households, it has steadily increased its inventory of housing. At the same time it added services such as "Stepping Up" which sought to provide education and mentoring services so its younger residents could achieve success in higher education and gainful emploment. All told, OCCHC has succeeded in breaking the bonds of poverty and improving local neighborhoods--exceeding expectations and the hopeful desires of the founding members.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1 Glenn H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The team at Orange County Community Housing Corporaton are unsung heroes. For more than 30 years they have devised ways to house and educate large, low-income families and have done it without making the job about themselves. They never toot their own horn. Their focus on mentoring and educating young people is exemplary. Let's all give more to this great organization so the number of families impacted reaches the thousands! Melody Nava - Advisory Board member - 20 years

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with OCCHC staff has been a positive one. I have reviewed detailed information on OCCHC's financials and programs and have always been impressed. I am most impressed with the leaders that are a "product" of OCCHC's programing. For example, many former participants of OCCHC's stepping up program are now distinguished leaders in the community that contribute time, money, and expertise. OCCHC also does a tremendous job of having staff and board representation that is reflective of the community they serve.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great organization to work with. Their units are clean and well maintained and they are really invested in helping people get back on their feet and not just to keep giving them charity. If you're thinking about donating this would be a great organization to help out.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Allen and OCCHC for the past 30 years. They are the leading Orange County nonprofit agency in helping families succeed.

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