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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




New Crime Free Program at Maplewood Apartments

April 2nd, 2014

Crime free cert

Maplewood community

In March, Maplewood Apartments joined the Sheriff’s Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) Program in Lakeside.

CHW and the managers of Maplewood Apartments have been working closely together with the Sheriff’s Department to make the community safer for residents and neighbors. The purpose of the CFMH program is to keep illegal activity out of rental communities within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Department. Other communities who have participated in the CFMH Program have seen crime rates go down drastically. “As an organization, we are thrilled to receive our Crime Free Multi-Housing Program certification to further solidify our commitment to a safe community,” said Jeanne Marie Coronado, Asset Manager at CHW.

Santee Sheriff’s Station Captain James Bovet and Crime Prevention Specialist Nancy Ortiz presented CHW with CFMH and Neighborhood Watch signs to display at Maplewood.

Whether you live in a rental community or not, you can always report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Department by calling (858) 565-5200.

To learn more about the Sheriff’s Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) Program, go to:

For more information on the Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Unit, visit:

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Los Robles Renewed: Zadie Fox’s Story

March 25th, 2014

Zadie Zadie Fox, a senior resident of Los Robles since 2001, has lived through many ups and downs over the years. As an active member of her community, Zadie served as the rental community’s Board President for years, in addition to many years of active board member service. Zadie played a pivotal role throughout the recently completed renovation process, helping to breath life back into Los Robles while ensuring it remains a stable home for herself and her neighbors.

Before CHW purchased Los Robles, the residential Board found itself in a tough situation. As a low-income community, they could not afford to make needed unit repairs. Rundown and looking for ways to save the community, they decided to sell Los Robles. “We were really desperate. Mold and water damage had spread through many of the units and we knew we couldn’t afford to renovate on our own. If a for-profit corporation had bought the apartments, we would have been forced out of our homes,” said Zadie.

But CHW didn’t let that happen. Zadie encouraged the board to work with CHW and within months of purchasing the property and beginning the renovation process, she saw the community start to change. “I did it to save my community,” said Zadie. “I kept my fingers crossed and when they started the conditions were horrible. But the renovation teams were so great, they accomplished a lot and it progressed so fast – it was like magic,” she said.

CHW’s presence energized the community in a way Zadie had not seen in residents before. “The renovation served a great purpose and I was so proud to help save our low-income homes,” said Zadie. “The community is amazed at the difference and the complaints that were once commonplace have disappeared. I’ve seen so much growth, it’s truly fantastic.”

CHW brought life and color back not only to the units of Los Robles but to the Learning Center as well. “Many of the children in this complex don’t start out speaking English. But with CHW’s programs, they have the opportunity to learn,” said Zadie. As a community leader and retired elementary school staff member, children have always been one of her top priorities. “They are the most important part of this community. I will always defend our children’s programs because they are critical to the futures of our children. I may not be here much longer, but these families have children and it is our duty to ensure their success for the future. Without the Learning Center, I don’t know where our children would be.”

Find out more about Los Robles!

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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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Karen Sanchez: Moving Up

January 17th, 2014

Karen Sanchez is Moving Up: Building Bright Futures with CHW

Karen came to San Diego from Tijuana 5 years ago when her family moved to the US hoping for a better future. But when Karen first moved to CHW’s Las Serenas community in South San Diego, she had no idea just how much her future would be influenced by giving back right where she lived. Karen began volunteering in the Las Serenas Learning Center helping younger students with their homework and reading skills. She soon became a Junior Leader and a role model for others which led to her receiving a CHW Valor Scholarship upon graduation from high school.

Now a full time student at San Diego City College, Karen’s hard work and dedication to serving others helped pave the way to a job as an Assistant Community Building Coordinator at CHW’s Kalos rental community. In her new role, Karen coordinates the learning programs for residents and their families, ensuring that a new generation of students has access to the same school success programs she did. “Community HousingWorks has given my family and me so many opportunities and this role gives me the chance to give hope to others too,” she says.

Karen is determined to transfer to San Diego State University as a nursing student as soon as she completes her general coursework. “I know it will take longer since I am working and going to school, but I am not going to quit,” says Karen. “My volunteer work and current job with CHW has moved me forward, and I believe that my education can be an example to others in my community. If I can do it, so can they!” As one of Karen’s teachers says, “Karen does not take opportunities lightly and will accomplish all her goals when given the chance.”

Karen’s three siblings are also academic achievers in their Learning Center, and her parents used CHW’s Financial Fitness class to in order to save money with the hope that all of their children can go to college. “The Learning Center is so important, and has helped us grow as a family, not just as students,” says Karen. “CHW has been a huge part of our progress and I am so thankful.”

20 Great Frugal Skills and How to Get Them

September 3rd, 2013

Independence is at the heart of frugality (living cheaply!). The more you can do for yourself, the less you have to pay others to do them for you. But to be independent, you need skills.

Skills such as gardening, writing, and budgeting can all help you become more independent and frugal. You don’t need to do them perfectly to get the benefits – just a little knowledge can go a long way.

Read below to learn 20 frugal skills you can start working on today! Find this article and more by clicking here.

1. Gardening

Growing your own food can be a great way to get fresh produce for very, very cheap — as long as you know how to keep your plants from dying. I recommend that “budding” gardeners (I’m sorry, bad joke, I know) start with fresh herbs in containers. They can be grown inside or out, and since fresh herbs tend to be expensive at the grocery store, these plants offer a lot of value for a minimum of work. While every type of plant is different, having a couple of small container herbs will also help you get used to plants’ needs — how much sun, when to water them, and so on.

If you’re interested in starting a bigger garden, make sure to do your research before diving in — the last thing you want to do is pick a plant that will immediately wither in your or-so-sunny yard or never truly thrive in your moderate climate. Get Rich Slowly has a great post on starting your first garden, and if you’re interested in learning more about what grows well in your region, contact your local Cooperative Extension office.

2. Cooking

Always dining out is one of the most budget-busting (and possibly health-busting) things you can do. Thankfully, while cooking might seem daunting, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. When I first started cooking, I focused a lot on one-pot meals. The first “recipe” I cooked for myself regularly was simply this — mix drained canned kidney beans, thawed frozen spinach, and shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese in the microwave or in a pot on the stovetop. When the cheese is melted, spoon the filling into a tortilla, wrap it up, and eat. It’s fast, it’s tasty, and it’s pretty healthy — and there are a lot of recipes out there like that.

Learning how to cook has become so much easier with the Internet, too. You can search for recipes for your favorite foods, and if you don’t know how to do something the recipe calls for (“What the heck is a braise?”), you can search for a how-to video. And there are great overviews on how to start cooking, too. Mark Bittman, the king of delicious, healthy, and simple cooking, did a Q&A about cooking at home that addresses several aspects of getting started. I also recommend this roundup post from The Kitchn that collects severalcooking basics, from cooking brown rice to roasting a chicken.

Also, if you have a friend who cooks regularly, offer to buy ingredients in exchange for preparing dinner together. You get to hang out with a friend and get a great cooking lesson.

3. Baking

I put cooking and baking separately because I find that people often think of them as two separate skills; I’ve talked to a lot of people who say “I’m a better cook than a baker,” and vice versa.

A lot of people get intimidated by baking because it seems less forgiving. Amounts need to be more exact. There are mysterious chemical processes afoot.

The truth is that baking, like cooking, can be very simple. Take beer bread for example. It requires three ingredients — beer, flour, and a little bit of sugar. You put it in a greased pan in an oven, and you get bread.

Yeast bread does get a little more complicated, but this homemade bread tutorial from The Simple Dollar talks you through the steps.

As for sweets, again — start simple. Brownies are one of the most basic dessert recipes you can bake. Try this brownie recipe from Rachel Ray.

Whether you’re cooking or baking, follow the recipe. There’s time for substitutions later once you get more comfortable with cooking.

4. Canning/Preserving

Buying (or growing) produce in bulk when it’s cheap and in-season makes frugal sense — if you’re able to preserve it for later. Canning can be intimidating — sterilizing jars! Specialized equipment! But being able to preserve summer’s best fruits and vegetables can make it worth it. Check out the USDA’s home canning guide — it gives you all the basics.

If you don’t want to go all the way with canning, the National Center for Home Food Preservation also has information on freezingdryingcuring/smokingfermenting, andpickling foods. In fact, making fridge pickles is one of my favorite easy ways to preserve vegetables ranging from carrots to cucumbers to okra.

5. Sewing

Sewing is a great example of a skill where just a little knowledge can help a lot. All you need is a needle and thread to sew on a buttonmend a tear, or even hem clothing.

Of course, if you do want to get a sewing machine, you have many more options. There are several super-useful, simple projects that you can tackle after you learn how to use your machine, such as sewing curtains. creating aprons, or even making an easy quilt. And when your skills really get up to snuff, well…it’s time to sew your own wedding dress.

6. Knitting or Crocheting

While sewing might be a more valuable skill when it comes to fixing things, knitting and crocheting allow you to make great cold-weather wear that’s both useful and giftable (or even sellable). In my experience, the best way to learn these skills is to ask a friend to teach you or to take a class at a local yarn shop. Or you can try or Guide to Crochet.

I also love these skills because they provide something relatively mindless to do while watching TV or riding on public transportation.

7. Exercising

Unlike many of the other items on this list, improving your exercise skills might not save you money directly. But a healthy lifestyle can help eliminate medical visits and improve your mental health.

Several types of exercise — even something as simple as running — can be daunting when you first start them. Even if you plan to approach exercise frugally, it can be beneficial to talk to an expert or take a class before you start doing it on your own. For example, go to a running store and get fit for the right running shoes for your body, or take a yoga class before using free online yoga videos, so a teacher can help you learn the proper alignment.

8. Making Minor Household Repairs

There are several things around the house that you want to hire a professional for. But when it comes to minor fixes like unclogging a drainfixing a hole in drywall, or installing shelves, you can save hundreds of dollars by doing just a little work.

9. Making Gifts and Cards

Not only are handmade gifts and cards from the heart, they can be a lot cheaper than that store-bought stuff too. Check out our list of gifts you can make today or five great homemade greeting cards.

10. Writing

Want to communicate efficiently, be taken seriously, and land great jobs? Then shine up those writing skills. Being able to accurately get your point across will always serve you well.

Now available online, The Elements of Style is the granddaddy of all grammar and usage books; it will reteach you everything you forgot from school. But writing is about much more than knowing where to put your commas. You can read all of the guides to writingthat you want (seriously, do that — one of the best ways to become a better writer is to read what other people have written), but, like any other skill, writing improves primarily through practice.

11. Haggling and Negotiation

Haggling can save you money on everything from furniture to medical care, and knowing how to negotiate can mean the difference between a good starting salary and a great one. Our own Kentin Waits has a great guide to the seven laws of negotiation.

12. Painting

I’m not talking about artistic painting (although that certainly has its benefits). If you canpaint a room or even paint the outside of your house, you can save a lot.

13. Budgeting

A solid budget is at the core of any good personal finance plan — it’s what helps you ensure that you’re saving some of your money while also getting to spend some on things that really matter to you. There are several ways to budget — check out our pieces onthe first step to budgetingbudgeting for people who hate planning, and the envelope system.

14. Selling/Marketing

If you ever plan to have a yard sale, list an item on Craigslist, or market yourself as a job applicant, it behooves you to know how to make whatever you’re selling as appealing as possible. (And no, being good at selling things doesn’t mean doing your best sleazy car salesman impression.)

Discover the nine secrets of highly successful craigslist sellershow to have a successful garage sale, or how one writer still makes money with eBay. Or if you’re trying to market yourself for a job, read about the importance of being memorablestupid things to put in your cover letter, and unique ways to score a job interview.

15. Getting Rid of Pests

Some things — like bed bugs or roaches — usually require a professional. But you can deal with antsmice, and other pests yourself.

16. Fixing Broken Things

Yes, “broken things” is a pretty loose term. The skill to learn here might be better described as problem solving — a little bit of online research and elbow grease can save you a lot of money. For example, when my laptop stopped booting up correctly a few months ago, I was sure I needed a new computer — or at least a new drive. But some Googling showed me that my particular laptop has a design flaw that pinches one of the cables. Thanks to an online tutorial, I not only knew that I could get a replacement cable for under $50, but I also learned how to fix that part so it didn’t pinch the cable again.

17. Entertaining Yourself

Frugality 101 — you’re going to spend a lot of money if you feel like having fun means you always need to go to the movies, a bar, or another establishment where you pay to play. While it might seem silly, entertaining yourself is a skill, and one that you can get better at as you discover new things that you find enjoyable. Read. Make something. Visit friends. Go for a hike. Cook something new. Find a free event. Draw. Do a crossword puzzle. There are many, many ways to have cheap fun.

18. Changing Your Oil

Most laypeople don’t know how to fix the stuff that goes really wrong with a car, but you can at the very least a lot of your regular maintenance. The most intimidating of that regular maintenance (at least in my opinion) is changing your oil. But it’s totally doable — check out this step-by-step how-to with photos from Edmunds.

19. Changing a Tire

If you get a flat and you don’t have roadside assistance through your insurance or an organization like AAA, you’ll probably be stuck with a hefty fee. Don’t let that happen. Popular Mechanics tells (and shows) you everything you need to know to change a tire.

20. Couponing

Some people love couponing, and others think it’s just not worth it — but good couponing skills can save you money. At the very least, you should get in the habit of searching for online coupon codes — a quick search can save you a few bucks.

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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.