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Fresh Ways to Support CHW

April 15th, 2014

Fresh Ways To Support CHW

Check out our newest community partners. We are teaming up to make it easier than ever to contribute to the cause!


Ralphs Grocery

If you shop at Ralph’s grocery store, you can now register your rewards card online and link your account to Community HousingWorks. This will not only save you money at the checkout, but a portion of the proceeds will go directly to CHW’s community programs.

Register your club card today!


Stone Brewery

Support CHW’s mission and have fun at the same time! Stone Brewing Co. has named CHW its charity focus for April, May and June. When you and your friends take a tour of their brewery in Escondido, $1 of the $3 charge will come back to CHW and the community.

Take a tour 

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Join us for the North Santa Fe Groundbreaking

April 10th, 2014

N Santa Fe photo

Join Community HousingWorks at the Groundbreaking for North Santa Fe Apartments

This transit-oriented development is located opposite the SPRINTER train and bus station, in the downtown district of the City of Vista. The 68 affordable apartments include ten for Transition-Aged Youth in partnership with North County Lifeline.

Learn more about the North Santa Fe Apartments Development


April 23 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

301 North Santa Fe Avenue

Vista, CA 92084



Please RSVP to

Please park at the lot at the corner of North Santa Fe Avenue and Vista Village Drive. This is a construction site – please wear flat, sturdy shoes.



Sun Country Builders

Rodriguez Associates Architects & Planners, Inc.

Excel Engineering




Thank you, Rachel – AmeriCorps, VISTA!

April 9th, 2014


In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, CHW wants to say thank you to a truly amazing and dedicated person, Rachel Cherny!

Rachel, a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA), has been with CHW since July 2013 and during her time she has transformed CHW’s volunteer initiative and has successfully recruited more than 118 volunteers. She has recruited tutors, reading coaches, translators, office volunteers, cooking volunteers, guest readers, and has connected many passionate and driven people to support CHW’s 18 Learning Centers and the Running Readers program.

In addition, Rachel has been the key person in the development and implementation of CHW’s first Green Management Plans which supports CHW’s mission to provide sustainable rental communities and training to residents on how to incorporate green living in their homes. The curriculum Rachel created falls in line with CHW’s Running Readers program (Green Family Nights) and Classes and Coaching (Green Family Asset Building) workshops, with the ultimate goal of helping families and individuals move up in the world.

CHW is truly honored to have Rachel Cherny on our team and want to thank her for all her hard work and dedication to the organization.

City Heights Community Enhancement Kick-off Event

March 11th, 2014

Join Community HousingWorks, San Diego Canyonlands & Wells Fargo at the

Auburn Creek Tour & Kick-off Event

March 29, 2014 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Thanks to the generous UrbanLIFT Community Grant from Wells Fargo, Community HousingWorks (CHW) and San Diego Canyonlands (SDCL) are teaming up to transform and restore Auburn Creek  into a safe and beautiful part of the community. Hundreds of kids routinely take the shortcut path across this creek area walking to and from school, faced with an unsafe and hazardous walk. With this support from Wells Fargo, we can eliminate hazards and beautify the community.  

Residents at CHW’s neighboring Bandar Salaam Apartments will be an integral part of the restoration process. As part of this grant, CHW will also be making substantial improvements to the apartments, including fixing the parking lot, improving landscaping and more. 

Event Information:

Join us on March 29th for a creek tour, Wells Fargo check presentation and a chance to get a glimpse of the vision for this creek area. Representative Juan Vargas will speak about the importance of San Diego’s unique creek and canyon ecosystems and how this project will benefit the City Heights community. Youth residents from CHW’s neighboring Bandar Salaam Apartments will also do a mini clean-up of the creek to prepare for the upcoming Creek-to-Bay cleanup in April.

Meet at the entrance to Bandar Salaam Apartments at 3810 Winona Ave. Please wear sun protection and wear sturdy shoes. The event will take place rain or shine (unless it’s pouring)!

For more information, please contact Linda Pennington at or 619-972-4921

Councilmember Marti Emerald and volunteers at Auburn Creek
for Coastal Cleanup Day, 2013



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Open House on April 10th

March 10th, 2014

We will be hosting an Open House event on Thursday, April 10th at our City Heights office from 4 – 7pm. Come learn more about our realty, lending, and financial coaching services! Knowledgeable staff members will be on site to answer all your questions about home buying, selling, and finances.

Throughout the event, community members will have the opportunity to sit in on short, informative presentations, meet 1-on-1 with expert REALTORS®, loan officers, and financial coaches, and enjoy refreshments while socializing with your neighbors. And make sure to sign up for the raffles. We will be giving away free class vouchers (each a $60 value), gift baskets, a $500 closing cost credit, and more!

City Heights Open House

Informational sessions will be held as follows:

4:30pm: Down Payment and Specialty Mortgage Loans- Learn about unique down payment and specialty loans that can help you get into a home with less upfront costs! Find out if you could qualify.

5:00pm:  How to Raise Your Credit Score- If your credit took a hit during the financial crisis or if you just need ideas for how to boost your overall score, we have credit-building strategies you can use!

5:30pm: Market Trends: San Diego Hot Spots- Find out which neighborhoods have the best deals!

6:00pm: Homebuyers Q & A- Are you considering buying a home? It can come with a lot of questions. Ask our expert team the questions you’ve been considering.

Event Details:
4 – 7pm on Thursday, April 10, 2014
4010 Fairmount Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

Questions? Please contact Ashley Jones at or (619) 450-8693.

Use Your Ralph’s Card to Support CHW!

February 19th, 2014

CHW and RalphsWe are excited to present a new way to support CHW’s efforts to help people and communities move up in the world! If you shop at Ralph’s Grocery store you can now register your rewards card online and link your account to Community HousingWorks. This will not only save you money at the checkout, but a portion of the proceeds will go directly to CHW. Follow the instructions below or see the attachment to register your rewards card and start saving.

Register Your Rewards Card:

  • Simply register online at
  • Be sure to have your Ralphs REWARDS card handy and register your card with CHW after you sign up.
  • If a member does not yet have a Ralphs REWARDS card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Ralphs.
  • Once you are online, click on Community / Community Contributions / enroll as a new user.
  • Most participants are new online customers, so click on GET STARTED, SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘Create An Account’ section.
  • Follow the easy step-by-step instructions to create an account.
  • After you create your online account, then link your account with CHW by editing your Community Rewards Information on your profile page.
  • Now, view your profile including your organization participation.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-660-9003 to get your REWARDS card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Ralphs REWARDS card or use the phone number that is linked to their registered Ralphs REWARDS card when shopping for each purchase to count.
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CHW Revitalizes Los Robles HUD Community in Vista

February 18th, 2014
CHW_lr_view_compressedVista, Calif. –Federal, state and local leaders will celebrate the completion of the major renovation of the Los Robles Apartments on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1475 Oak Drive, Vista, Calif. Originally built in 1974, Los Robles is now modernized with the installation of major water and energy upgrades such as solar photovoltaic and water-wise irrigation, which contribute to the sustainability and affordability of the community for years to come. Community HousingWorks (CHW) managed the rehabilitation of the Los Robles Apartment community.

The Feb. 20 community event will feature speakers representing partners at all phases of the development, including Thomas Azumbrado, California HUB Director of the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); The Honorable Judy Ritter, mayor of Vista; and financial partners from around California.In 2013, CHW acquired the property with financing from Union Bank in order to preserve these homes as affordable to lower income, working families, seniors and people with disabilities for at least 55 years and to invest in major renovations. This is CHW’s sixth successful turnaround of a rental community originally financed by HUD.In 1996, CHW helped the residents of Los Robles form a corporation and purchase the property from the former owner in order to prevent it from converting from HUD-restricted affordable rents to market rate rents, likely resulting in the eviction of many residents from the property. “This rental community is 40 years old and was in need of substantial renovation,” said Azumbrado. “HUD is pleased to work with such an experienced partner like CHW to reinvest in Los Robles so that these homes can serve the community for many years to come.”“Los Robles now produces nearly all its electrical needs on site, saving more than $70,000 each year, as well as reducing its gas and water consumption by more than 50 percent,” said Sue Reynolds, CEO, CHW. “These savings allow CHW to sustain these homes for decades as affordable and well-maintained for the community at-large.”

Having renovations occur while living on site is always challenging, but for residents, the short-term pain was well worth the long-term gain. “Our apartments are not only nicer but also healthier, and my grandchildren can now use the computers and attend CHW’s afterschool programs in the beautiful new community rooms,” said Tonia Macias, a Los Robles resident for over 10 years.

CHW started this two-phased rehabilitation in 2012 by increasing long-term sustainability with features such as Energy Star appliances, low-e (emissive) windows, new ‘cool’ roofs and domestic solar hot water panels. Additionally, CHW installed a 125 KW photovoltaic (solar) electrical system funded with a grant from the California Solar Initiative of the CA Public Utilities Commission’s MASH 2 program. Investment from Union Bank in low income housing tax credits enabled CHW to upgrade all the apartments with new bathrooms, kitchens and windows; add patios, barbeques, bike racks and upgrade the play area; and to rebuild and expand the community building, newly sized to provide adequate space for CHWs’ award winning after-school and adult learning programs.

Los Robles was originally financed with HUD FHA 236 loan and a LIHPHRA grant. The new financing for Los Robles includes Low Income Housing Tax Credits and tax-exempt bonds, purchased by Union Bank and the California Community Reinvestment Corporation. In 2008, the national Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits recognized CHW with the Developments of Distinction 2010 Award for Innovative HUD Finance for CHW’s similar renovation of Turnagain Apartments in Fallbrook, Calif.


  • 76 one, two and three bedroom apartments
  • Affordable to residents earning from $16,000-$55,000 a year
  • $1.2 million invested in green upgrades: 125 kW solar photovoltaic (solar) electrical system provides 100 percent of resident and common area electrical energy
  • Close proximity to neighborhood amenities, including schools, transit and retail
  • Community building designed by Joseph Simon & Associates, Architects and Planner
  • Construction by Vista-headquartered Sun Country Builders brought jobs and investment into the Vista community

Financing Sources:

  • California Tax Credit Committee, Low Income Housing Tax Credits
  • Union Bank, equity provider & construction lender
  • California Community Reinvestment Corporation, permanent lender
  • California Municipal Finance Association, bond issuer
  • Los Robles Community Housing Association – Loan
  • NeighborWorks© Energy Upgrade Grant
  • Multifamily Affordable Solar Homes Grant (MASH)
  • California Solar Initiative – Thermal Rebate

Click here to learn more about Los Robles Apartments.

Home Depot Day at Avocado Court Garden

October 25th, 2013

Garden Before Garden After
Garden Before Garden After

Avocado Court’s community garden got a makeover Thursday morning, October 24.

The makeover established the garden’s in-ground and raised planting beds, an irrigation system, , a tool shed and a gazebo area with picnic tables.

The garden currently serves nine families, including a disabled veteran family. It is open to the public and will ultimately have the capacity to serve more than 100 people via 34 garden plots. The garden renovation will create a space that is accessible to everyone. Avocado Court Apartments has set aside eight apartment homes for disabled veterans and has partnered with Interfaith Community Services in North County for outreach to local disabled veterans.

Community HousingWorks would like to thank the following donors to the community garden: the City of Escondido, LISC/Kendeda Fund, Home Depot, Escondido Charitable Foundation, the County of San Diego Neighborhood Stabilization  Fund (Supervisor Dave Roberts), Leichtag Foundation, Victory Gardens, Master Gardeners, Sun Country Builders, Schmidt Landscape, Public Architecture and the Avocado Court gardeners.

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Some of CHW is Moving…

September 19th, 2013

On October 7, CHW’s new Central Office will be located at 2815 Camino del Rio South, Suite 350, San Diego, CA 92108 

On October 7, CHW’s new Central Office will be located at 2815 Camino del Rio South, Suite 350, San Diego, CA 92108

CHW is bringing together its administrative, financial, resource development, community programs, real estate development, asset management, and many other staff from their currently-split San Diego/Escondido locations, into a shared Central office. Our new Mission Valley CHW office for Central staff will be located at 2815 Camino del Rio South, Suite 350, San Diego, CA 92108, starting October 7. We found a great deal there that couldn’t be matched – and in these difficult times, we have to pinch our pennies.

For our consumers and homebuyers, nothing will change. Our Own-Rent-Achieve Centers at 1820 South Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, and at 4010 Fairmount Avenue at University in City Heights, have been and will continue to be the best places for consumer walk-in visits.

Meetings with our committees, partners, funders, donors, and stakeholders will occur both at the new Central office and at our Own-Rent-Achieve Centers, as suits the people involved. For many years we have served the whole county and we appear wherever we are needed – I don’t think you’ll feel any difference in the CHW presence in your own community!

The folks who are moving will badly miss the City Heights energy at 4305 University/City Heights Center, which we are vacating, and the South Escondido amenities (Major Market!), and the neighborhood leader interactions in both places. Both staff and board preferred to locate our Central office in a centrally located residential neighborhood that we serve every day, but sometimes you have to follow the bargains. In the long run, we will be back in a central neighborhood that we serve! And we have already started that planning and thinking.

Drop by and see us sometime! Or ask us how we like the new office when you see us at our DreamBuilder Luncheon on October 16.

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Bridges to Employment at CHW

August 5th, 2013

Are you interested in a career in the healthcare field or are you a recent graduate looking for employment opportunities in the healthcare field? Would you like financial assistance for your training? 

Community HousingWorks has partnered with North County Lifeline and the San Diego Workforce Partnership to offer Bridges to Employment. This service is available to individuals participating in the CalWORKS program, or who meet other income eligibility criteria and are interested in developing a career in the healthcare industry.

Employment Assistance*:

  • Certification/Licensing support and funding
  • Resume building
  • Mock Interviews/Professional Attire
  • Employment Workshops
  • Networking with healthcare professionals
  • Job Leads
  • Support and feedback from your  personal Career and Education Specialist

*  Participation in program activities required

Approved Trainings:

  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • CNA
  • Vocational Nursing
  • Dental Assisting
  • Phlebotomy
  • EKG Technician & X-Ray Technician
  • Certified Home Health Aid
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Administration
  • Registered Nursing
  • Healthcare Information Technology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Maternal & Newborn Nursing
  • EMT
  • Surgical Technician
  • Medical Technician

How do I Apply?

  • If you are currently participating in CalWorks: Speak with your employment case manager about a referral to the Bridges to Employment program.
  • If you are not currently participating in CalWorks: Contact CHW at or (760) 432-6878 to sign up for an upcoming orientation.

What Happens Next?

You will be invited to attend an orientation where you will receive more information on this exciting program. If you qualify, a one-on-one appointment with an Employment Coach will be scheduled to review specific questions designed to identify your interests, abilities, and strengths.

Your Employment Coach will:

  • Work with you to help you achieve your career goals.
  • Help you to navigate the details of your training plan.
  • Assist you in overcoming any existing barriers in order to help you achieve SUCCESS!

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An evaluation funded by the federal government is being conducted to determine how Bridges to Employment helps people increase their skills and find jobs. There will be more applicants than spaces available in this program. Individuals who are eligible for the program and agree to participate in the study will be selected into the program based on a lottery.