OCEANSIDE–Wells Fargo today announced that National Community Renaissance (National CORE) has been awarded $294,645 as part of the UrbanLIFT Community Grant Program. 
National CORE is among 59 nonprofits awarded grants that will help strengthen neighborhoods in 25 metropolitan statistical areas with diverse populations that were impacted by foreclosures, including San Diego.
National Community Renaissance will use the grant funds specifically for the construction of the Kay Parker Family Resource Center, named after the famous Oceanside housing advocate Kay Parker, at the Mission Cove Apartment Home Community in Oceanside. Mission Cove will have 288 units for low-income families, and seniors, veterans and special needs populations. Plans also include a retail shopping plaza, community center, garden area, walking paths, tot lots and open space.  The site is 14.5 acres.
“We’re extremely grateful for Wells Fargo’s commitment to this important project,” said John Seymour, vice president of acquisitions for National Community Renaissance. “Especially with the loss of California redevelopment financing, projects such as this have become very difficult to finance.”
In addition to the $294,645 awarded to National CORE, Community HousingWorks (CHW) is the second San Diego recipient of UrbanLIFT and will receive $163,955 for a total of $458,600 that will be invested in San Diego County.  CHW will work with San Diego Canyonlands (SDC)to use the grant to support a neighborhood revitalization effort in San Diego. CHW will make site improvements to Bandar Salaam, a 68 unit affordable housing community in City Heights. SDC will make improvements to Fox Canyon (Auburn Creek) to make it safer and more accessible to the public.
“These grants will help advance community stabilization in cities that were significantly impacted by the housing downturn,” said Brian Lee, Wells Fargo North San Diego Area President. “We look forward to seeing how the projects, funded by the UrbanLIFT community grant program, help create safer and sustainable neighborhoods in North San Diego.”
The UrbanLIFT community grant program, funded by Wells Fargo and administered by NeighborWorks America®, is designed to provide support to local nonprofits for neighborhood revitalization projects in 25 MSAs with diverse populations that were impacted by foreclosures. Grant recipients participated in a competitive application process administered by NeighborWorks America.  Awards were determined based on the applicant’s capacity and demonstrated experience.
Approximately $458,600 is available for each of the 25 communities. Local, regional and national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations will receive grants to support four types of projects: single-family housing rehabilitation, single-family demolition, neighborhood improvement and housing-related site improvements. 
National CORE, based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., manages nearly 9,000 housing units across four states. During the past 20 years, its Hope through Housing Foundation subsidiary has provided more than 2 million hours of aligned social services for residents and surrounding neighborhoods.
For 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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