Since 1977, NeighborWorks Orange County has opened doors to home ownership for thousands of community members and empowered diverse neighborhoods to create high quality environments for residents—all in support of our vision of Home as a safe, affordable place to become empowered, encouraged, and inspired.
NeighborWorks Orange County began as a grassroots organization focused on helping low-income individuals and families in La Habra and Santa Ana build and maintain multi-generational wealth through home ownership. Financial education classes helped participants improve credit scores, develop savings plans, and establish sound banking practices. Over time, the community’s trust and investment in our services resulted in our expansion into HUD-certified counseling, lending, and realty services, and in the 1980s we were proud to start directly assisting our clients with purchasing their first homes.
By the late 1990s, our success at strengthening the La Habra and Santa Ana communities and the demand for our services in other low-income neighborhoods led us to broaden our reach to all of Orange County and to portions of the surrounding counties. NeighborWorks Orange County today provides well-rounded home ownership services throughout and beyond the region to people from all walks of life. We’re proud to help our customers build wealth through sustainable home ownership.
- Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certification achieved through the U.S. Department of Treasury (2000)
- Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-Approved Counseling Agency designation received (2001)
- Launched HomeAgain, a community revitalization service that renovates distressed properties (2008)
Here's what our customers have to say:
“I have a space now where my kids can live better, have a place to do their homework and have a better quality of life.”
“After 20 years of living in California, we finally have a home instead of just a place to live. That’s enormous for us.”
“The opportunity and the help from NeighborWorks Orange County were a huge blessing.”
“I would never be where I am today if it wasn’t for that first NeighborWorks Orange County class. It was life-changing.”