Over 35 Years of Serving Orange County

NeighborWorks Orange County has a 37-year history of meeting the housing needs of working families throughout Orange County's communities. Over the years, we have utilized a variety of strategies and programs to effectively fulfill our mission and commitment to our clients.


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1977

La Habra Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) was established.

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1980

Santa Ana Neighborhood Housing Services was established.

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1987

Rose Espinoza bought her home through La Habra NHS. With her community involvement and NeighborWorks leadership training, she started an after-school program from her garage to address her concern for growing gang activity and low education attainment of children in her neighborhood. Rosie's Garage turned into a nationally recognized program and Rose Espinoza has served in La Habra's City Council as Mayor, as well as Council Member. She continues her involvement with NeighborWorks Orange County as a member of our Board of Directors.

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1998

La Habra NHS and Santa Ana NHS merged to form the Neighborhood Housing Services of Orange County and expanded services to the entire region.

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1999

Grand opening of NHS Orange County’s HomeOwnership Center in the Anaheim office.

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2000

NHS Orange County became a certified Community Development Financial Institution.

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2001

NHS Orange County started its Individual Development Empowerment Account Program, an education and savings initiative that includes a 3:1 match intended to encourage preparation for homeownership.

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2001

NHS Orange County became a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency.

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2006

NHS Orange County began providing financial education at women’s shelters and at non-profit organizations that serve homeless people. A large majority of the students who complete NHS Orange County’s financial education program at the centers are women (ages 20 to 45) with children.

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2007

In response to community need, NHS Orange County began providing comprehensive foreclosure counseling.

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2008

NHS Orange County launched the HomeAgain program in which NHS Orange County purchases distressed properties, refurbishes them, and resells them to homeowners.

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2010

NHS Orange County began the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) program.The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded NHS Orange County $7.5 million of NSP2 funds as the lead agency in a consortium with six other non-profit organizations. 

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2012

Changed its name from Neighborhood Housing Services of Orange County to NeighborWorks Orange County.

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2013

NeighborWorks Orange County moved to its new location in Orange, California.

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2013

 

NeighborWorks Orange County expanded its services to offer Full Brokerage Realty Services, acting as the only Non-Profit Realty Services provider in Orange County.

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2013

NeighborWorks Orange County became an AmeriCorps VISTA site host.

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2014

NeighborWorks Orange County receives Green Designation from NeighborWorks America for having a comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations.

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2015

NeighborWorks Orange County receives the 2015 National Award for Excellence in Community Building.  A recognition for it's community building program's ability to strengthen residents' voices, cultivate local leaders, engage community members, and share best practices.