Changing Lives

After living in affordable housing for eight years, Mrs. Cham and Mr. Loeurn purchased their first home in San Bernardino the fall of 2011. They state their enthusiasm: “It’s been a few months since we’ve moved in OUR home and I still can’t believe we are homeowners. Thanks to Angela Joyner with the Housing Authority, Diana Varner with Century 21, and Herm Mason with Guild Mortgage, our dream of being a homeowner is now a reality. It’s a dream come true for all of us! I would recommend anyone who thinks they may qualify to be a homeowner to give it a shot and try…if it happened to me it can happen to you.”

Mr. Miller bought his first home in Bloomington the fall of 2011 and is enthusiastic about his new accomplishment: "This is a great experience for me. I'm on cloud nine. Because of my disability I never thought I would own my own home. I thought I would always be paying rent. This is a very good program and I recommend others to try this program (HACSB's Homeownership Assistance Program)."

After receiving housing assistance for fifteen years, Ms. Truong's dream of becoming a homeowner came true. In the fall of 2011, Ms. Truong and her children moved into their own home in Rialto and she states: "This program (HACSB's Homeownership Assistance Program) is very great. I never thought I would own a home and couldn't believe that I could do this. I didn't think I would have ever qualified to buy a home. Every night before I go to sleep in my new home I am very happy and I still can't believe I was able to do this. Thank you!"

A 2011 homeowner in Rancho Cucamonga states: "Everyone involved in my home buying experience was extremely helpful. I feel very lucky to have been able to purchase a home. It’s been a dream of mine for many, many years.”

The Ahmad family purchased their first home in Rialto and are very pleased with their experience: “We are happy with the homeownership program. This is the best thing that has ever happened to our family. This program is very good and was very helpful to us. We are so thankful. I have cried many tears of happiness and hope others will also experience this joy," states Mrs. Ahmad.

Sirak and his wife purchased a home in Redlands after participating in the Homeownership Assistance Program. The family express their gratitude: "Without the Housing Authority, I would never had been able to purchase a home. This is one of the happiest days of my life."

After serving as a medical technician during Vietnam, Kathleen earned a degree in Criminal Justice, took a job with the County Probation Department, and purchased her own home. She never thought she would hit rock-bottom, but her situation changed rapidly when she lost her job and her home. Kathleen lived in group homes for women and at the V.A.’s rehabilitation home before she received her VASH voucher in 2002. The VASH program has enabled her to lease an apartment near the local Veteran’s hospital, where she has access to medical care. Kathleen is grateful for the role the V.A. and the Housing Authority played in helping her to turn her life around. “VASH has taken me out of the street and lifted me up from the very bottom. My home is better than a mansion in Beverly Hills or a home by the beach in Malibu!”

After participating in the voucher program since 2001, both Barbara and her husband now have full time jobs that helped them purchase their first home in Highland after participating in the Homeownership Assistance Program. Barbara states: "This is such a great program when you are looking into buying your first home. My husband and I are very happy to be able to make our own mortgage payments. Without the Housing Authority I am not sure we would have been able to become homeowners. This program is great!"

"I am so happy to have such a lovely home, I almost don't have words to describe my feelings," expresses Lee, a new homeowner in Redlands.

Resident at Maplewood Homes Community comments on the rehab construction "Through all this work, the residents' self-esteem has rocketed. We feel like we live in a modern community. Look at all the work...for us...for the community," states Yvonne Dowling, resident of the community.

Mr. McClain, a disabled and single father with three teenage children from 29 Palms, describes his enthusiasm in winning a computer in HACSB's computer contest: "We are a deserving family, who has overcome great odds, but still maintains the ability to strive towards success. This computer will be, yet another tool, used to further ourselves in life." Mr. McClain's family dinner table is now being used as the computer table, a sacrifice the family is gladly willing to take.