CAA OC Gala helps support families who need homes


Rental property owners and industry partners gathered last month for an annual CAA celebration that helps secure housing for Orange County families.

On May 24, more than 400 attendees gathered for the fifth annual CAA Orange County Charity Gala. The casino-themed event, held at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, provided an evening of good food and fun — all for a good cause.

The evening benefited Families Forward, which helps families achieve self-sufficiency through housing, food, counseling, career coaching, education, and other support services.

CAA Advisory Board Member, Laura Khouri, said, “The CAA Orange County Advisory Board of Directors is honored to support local nonprofit Families Forward. The Gala offered a venue where an entire audience dedicated to helping its community was combined with the Rapid Re-Housing initiatives offered by Families Forward. That alone was a recipe for success and the ultimate beneficiaries were families in need.”

Starting with five rented apartments in 1984, Families Forward has expanded to work with hundreds of families to regain economic independence and find a stable home for their children. Their vision is to end homelessness for local families.

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, with CAA members faithfully identifying and making units available for homeless families.

CAA’s work led Families Forward to nominate the association’s Orange County division for the 2018 Spirit of Volunteerism Award.

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