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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

3 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.


Rating: 5

Orange County Community Housing Corp is truly a caring organization. The passion that the Board and staff carry to fulfill it's mission is admirable. I've had the pleasure to be involved with OCCHC for the last 17 years and I am very proud of everything they have accomplished. I'm lucky to be part of their Advisory Committee and I will continue to support OCCHC for many years to come. It is extremely touching to see how their labor impacts the lives of many families in need. Through their mission, OCCHC has been able to provide a safer environment to low income families and through their programs provide an opportunity for children to succeed in their education.

The programs available for students are priceless and are life changing as well. The best part is that the results speak for themselves and seeing the transformation of families and positive impact it has on the children is very rewarding.

Thank you to the donors and supporters that have supported OCCHC carry out is mission throughout the years. This would not be possible without your support. Orange County Community Housing Corp is an outstanding non profit that is making a significant difference in our community and I will encourage everyone to support this organization.


Mayra Soto



Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 5

I have been involved with OCCHC for over a dozen years and have seen it grow from a small organization with great ideals to a great organization with lofty goals that are being achieved. Allen has an unbelievable knack to attract a staff of "doers" that have great intelligence, caring and the ability to make it happen regardless of the obstacles that need to be overcome. They have transformed themselves into an innovated organization that is making a big difference in a population of disadvantaged kids (and parents) and giving them the tools to not only succedd but to make a difference for others as well. They have found the secret to breaking the cycle of failure and making it a cycle of success. OCCHC has been one of our foundations most productive partnerships. It is a super example of our money well spent.

Review from Guidestar