Our commitment to affordable housing runs deep.
When we founded Project Access in 1999 we wanted to ensure that we provided on-site programs that would inspire and educate the entire family. We developed four core interests—education for youths, adult capacity building, independent living for seniors and health—so that nobody was left out.
— Jonathan Webb, President
Affordable Housing Access
Project Access is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 by Affordable Housing Access (AHA), William Hirsch and Jonathan Webb, members of the Board of Directors. Project Access brings health, education, and vocational resources to low-income families and seniors living in AHA’s affordable rental housing. Project Access’ goal is to provide families, individuals and seniors with the tools they need to gain self-sufficiency.
By definition, residents of affordable housing communities have a total annual income that does not exceed 60% of median income. Most are struggling families, starting new careers, starting new families, and often times starting over in a new country. They live on a financial tightrope, making day to day choices that attempt to balance transportation, housing, education, nutrition and health care needs.
Project Access works with affordable housing developers/owners in a partial fee-for-service relationship to bring free services to residents and in some cases, others living within the nearby community. This partial financial commitment and in-kind donation of space from low-income housing owners allows Project Access to bring additional resources together to develop comprehensive programs at on-site Resource Centers. Project Access’s bilingual Service Coordinators offer a variety of programs and services to address individual and community needs, such as health and nutrition programs, child and family safety, school readiness programs, after school tutoring, employment readiness and job search, senior programs, and computer access and training.
Project Access is a leading provider of vital health, education and employment services to families, children and seniors living in low-income housing communities. Project Access’s goal is to help keep family members employed, children in school, and seniors active. This mission is financed primarily by income received from low-income housing community owners and with major funding directly provided by Affordable Housing Access.
AHA and its partners have donated over $2.5 million to Project Access programs since 1999, as well as providing free office space.
For more information about Project Access, visit www.project-access.org.
Community Engagement is 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to stimulating positive social interaction in diverse communities through innovative and socially motivated art practice. To do this work, the organization developed its flagship Creatives-in-Residence program, a highly selective artist residency which aims to nurture creativity and community by allowing artists and residents to utilize their gifts to create social impact - together. Each of their Creatives are paired with a low-income multifamily community. For one year or more, they commit to developing collaborative projects to bring value to these sites, and social practice to the individuals who reside there. Because Community Engagement's Creatives work in various disciplines, their work spans a great rage of projects, including gardening, oral history documentation, self-portraiture, glass mosaic workshops, coloring projects, and various other communal projects. The Creative-in-Residence program and the communities it serves are thriving, and in just the past year, Community Engagement has initiated four new Creatives-in-Residence programs, three of which are in Santa Ana. Though still in its infancy, the organization has grown to serve over one-thousand households spanning three states. Their projects are bringing people together to explore creativity in their communal spaces.
For more information, visit www.communityengagement.org.