Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – Hope through Housing Foundation is announcing a summer campaign to raise much-needed funds for its Building Bright Futures afternoon enrichment programs, offered to hundreds of children across Southern California and in Texas.
Afternoon enrichment programs combat summer learning loss, provide children with key life skills, boost academic performance and offer new opportunities and experiences, according to RAND Corporation studies.
Unfortunately, access to these programs is declining across the country. Nearly 25 million children have no access to after school programs – a trend that is accelerated for low-income families, according to the 2021 America After 3PM study.
A lack of available programs, high cost and the need for transportation are all barriers.
Hope through Housing’s programs counter all those challenges. The foundation brings programs right into National CORE’s apartment home communities, offers them for free and opens them to all children.
“Our afternoon programs are a bright spot for children,” Hope through Housing President Gregory Bradbard said. “Every day, we see children light up at the chance to do STEM experiments, build reading skills and develop strong friendships. We also know that without these programs, so many of these kids would be on their own as their parents often work two jobs or more to support their families.”
The impact of the programs is significant, with children raising their expectations for college and careers based on experiences and opportunities they may otherwise not have, Bradbard said.
But, to provide these programs, Hope through Housing relies on community support.
An after-school program costs $2,500 per year for each child and $30,000 for each site. With those funds, Hope through Housing can offer social emotional learning, academic activities, recreation, homework support and a healthy snack.
“Please join us as we seek to raise funds for these critical programs,” Bradbard said. “We are running a special social media campaign through July 31 to highlight our program and raise this much-needed support. Every donation helps.” Click here to contribute to Hope through Housing’s Building Bright Futures Fund
# # #
About National CORE
National CORE is one of the largest nonprofit developers in the nation, with a 30-year history of being an innovator in the field. In 2021 National CORE became one of only two affordable housing developers to earn an A+ credit rating from Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings. In 2022, National CORE issued $100 million in Series 2022 Social Bonds to accelerate the development of critically needed affordable housing. Serving more than 25,000 residents, National CORE strives to be a launching pad, not a landing pad, for families struggling financially. In 1998 National CORE created the Hope through Housing Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit, whose mission is to end the cycle of generational poverty through resident services that promote educational attainment, economic mobility, and overall wellbeing.
About Hope through Housing Foundation
Hope through Housing believes that affordable housing can be a platform for transformational change at the individual and neighborhood level. For more than 20 years, the Hope through Housing Foundation has provided more than 2 million hours of transformational social services helping children and teens achieve success, improving families’ financial well-being, and promoting seniors’ health and wellness. For more information on Hope through Housing, please visit www.hthf.org.