CAA nominated for partnership to solve homelessness in Orange County


A family who benefited from CAA’s partnership with Families Forward appears at the CAA Orange County Charity Gala last year. Photo by Phil Hidalgo/KTS

The California Apartment Association’s Orange County Division has been nominated by Families Forward for the 2018 Giving is Living Award.

“The California Apartment Association has made a commitment to our organization as a true community partner, supporting Families Forward in a wide variety of ways to ensure that parents with children who are in crisis, and living in their car or on the street, have the chance to find safety in stable housing and the opportunity to provide for their family again,” said Madelynn Hirneise, director of property acquisition and management for Families Forward.

Hirneise added, “We couldn’t do this work without CAA’s support.”

CAA has assisted Families Forward with its rapid-rehousing component since 2013. In 2017, the partnership helped more than 200 families (approximately 680 parents and children) overcome homelessness as CAA members faithfully identified and made units available for homeless families.

CAA also provides complementary training to Families Forward staff, including necessary training for the California Certified Residential Manager Certification, a program that provides comprehensive property management training with an emphasis on best practices and compliance with California’s unique laws and regulations.

“The CAA Orange County Advisory Board of Directors is honored to be recognized …

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“The CAA Orange County Advisory Board of Directors is honored to be recognized for its partnership with Families Forward to solve homelessness,” said Matthew Buck, vice president of public affairs for CAA in Orange County. “It’s been a pleasure working with them.”

A review committee will consider the merits of each nominated partnership. The recipient of the 2018 Giving is Living Award will be notified of its selection in early February, and honored at the 42nd Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

For the last 29 years, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards event has been the venue to announce the Giving is Living Award, celebrating the work of influential organizations, families and businesses that participate in outstanding community volunteerism.

The video below features just three of the hundreds of families that were able to regain self-sufficiency with the support of organizations like CAA.

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