February 22, 2022
Assemblyman James Ramos
P O Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
Dear Assemblyman Ramos,
Inland Action is pleased to offer support to National Community Renaissance of California (National CORE) and The Hope Through Housing Foundation (“HTHF”) and its economic mobility initiative for low-income residents, “CORE Academy”. CORE Academy, with its curriculum developed by Chaffey College and in partnership with the City of Rancho Cucamonga, will provide workforce employment training, mentoring and a pipeline to job placement for low-income residents. National CORE demonstrates its continued commitment to support the well-being and economic independence of its residents and the community at large by preparing individuals with the training necessary to enter the field of Property Management, Property Maintenance, and other related industries.
We acknowledge and applaud your efforts to launch CORE Academy with initial funding for Chaffey College in partnership with National CORE to develop the course curriculum. Additional funding is needed to finalize the certification program and fund the infrastructure and capital costs for a training facility in the Inland Empire where National CORE operates 32 housing communities. The funds will secure a new CORE campus, retrofit of an existing commercial/warehouse building, or acquisition/development of a new building adjacent to an existing affordable housing community that is anticipated to include:
- 5,000+ SF of Classroom Space with convenient parking and a student lounge
- Hands on learning labs emulating maintenance areas such as basic plumbing, wood working, light electrical, heating/cooling, etc.
- Working office for CORE Academy management and hands-on leasing agent training
- Supportive services offices to provide wrap-around support and career coaching to students, including connections to financial education, healthcare, and youth development/childcare
National CORE is an innovative affordable housing developer with a mission heart and a long history of transforming economically distressed communities. Building upon a 30-year history, National CORE has demonstrated professional results in building and managing high-quality affordable housing with a commitment to “develop, maintain, and operate the highest quality, most energy-efficient, and healthiest affordable housing”, CORE Academy will equip students with tools to manage buildings with the highest sustainability standards and latest technology required to create a carbon-free footprint. CORE Academy will recruit low-income residents to provide job training, new career skills and assistance in placement into a promising new career path leading toward the goal of breaking the cycle of generational poverty.
Inland Action urges your support for National CORE and HTHF request to provide funding in support of CORE Academy for Fiscal Year 2022. Educational opportunities and advancement of low-income residents can only be accomplished through the joint efforts of local organizations and the commitment of local, state, and federal resources.
Carole Beswick, CEO