Over the summer, SoCalGas partnered with the Hope Through Housing Foundation on various community-related events to help aid residents and communities in need throughout Southern California. Additionally, SoCalGas donated $25,000 to the organization to purchase 15 new computers for their community center locations in Rancho Verde, Vista del Cielo and San Antonio to provide technology access.
“SoCalGas believes everyone deserves a place to call home,” said Trisha Muse, director of community relations at SoCalGas. “The Hope Through Housing Foundation’s programs offer valuable services that benefit youth, families and seniors in need in our community.”
In July, SoCalGas joined the Foundation’s Back-to-School distribution events in Downey and Rialto, providing students with new backpacks, school supplies, and encouraging notes for the upcoming school year. These events are part of the Hope Through Housing Foundation’s larger initiative to address the academic and social needs of children living in poverty while helping them succeed in school and beyond.
“We’re grateful to have SoCalGas as a partner in many of our initiatives to help transform the lives of individuals living within our communities,” said Gregory Bradbard, president at the Hope Through Housing Foundation and senior vice president at National CORE. “The funds and help we’ve received will take us a step close to help break the cycle of generational poverty.”
In August, volunteers from the utility and Meruelo Enterprises helped paint National CORE’s community center in East Los Angeles, beautifying and upgrading the space to be used by residents and youth. Upgrading residential community centers help provide low-income residents with access to quality resources and serves as a safe space for individuals to develop.
In 1998, the Hope through Housing Foundation was established to empower residents of National Community Renaissance (National CORE) properties and continues to be one of the largest nonprofit affordable housing developers in the country. SoCalGas has donated nearly $70k to the organization to help the Foundation deliver charitable and educational programs for children, young adults, low-income and underprivileged families and seniors and the general public.