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Have a heart and take part! Consider it a rallying call for generosity this holiday season. CAA Greater Inland Empire has launched its annual toy and food drive, providing members a way to help more than 1,200 children and their families. A pair of charitable organizations, Mary’s Mercy Center and Veronica’s Home, will distribute the food, gifts and other essentials. Mary’s Mercy Center Mary’s Mercy Center, Inc. is a public nonprofit organization which is committed to serve all races, creeds and conditions of life while extending unconditional love, acceptance, and respect to all who come for assistance. Networking with local… Read More

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Photos by daniel gaines PHOTOGRAPHY More than 130 rental housing industry executives teed off for a summer afternoon of golf, networking and fun during the 25th annual CAA Tri-County Charity Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Housing Industry Foundation, furthering its mission to help individuals and families remain in or return to stable housing. HIF also assists with special housing projects and renovations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Supporting HIF is an important way that the California Apartment Association’s Tri-County Division and the rental housing industry give back to the neighborhoods where we… Read More

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Photos by Jon Endow More than 110 golfers have helped the California Apartment Association raise thousands of dollars to fight homelessness in the Inland Empire. On June 25, CAA’s 20th Annual Summer Scramble Charity Tournament generated $10,000 for HomeAid Inland Empire. CAA held the Summer Scramble  at The Retreat in the city of Corona. “We were very pleased to team up with HomeAid again this year and excited that we met our goal in doubling last year’s $5,000 golf tournament contribution amount,” said Jennifer Bedford, chairwoman of CAA’s Inland Empire board. HomeAid, whose mission is to provide dignified temporary housing… Read More

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The California Apartment Association threw a charity gala in May, raising tens of thousands of dollars to help homeless families in Orange County. CAA’s South Coast Division hosted the event Wednesday, May 21, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The gala supported Orange County United Way’s efforts to move homeless families into stable, permanent rental housing. “CAA-South Coast was proud to partner this year with the Rapid Rehousing Initiative in order to help families in our community,” said Melinda Graham, chairwoman of CAA-South Coast. “Our inaugural gala demonstrated the commitment that our members have to this community. CAA is determining… Read More

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By Jonathan Heller For CAA News SAN DIEGO – The California Apartment Association’s San Diego Division has joined forces with the Downtown San Diego Partnership to reduce homelessness in the coastal city’s core. CAA presented a check for $15,000 Thursday night to Partnership President and CEO Kris Michell in support of the Partnership’s “Make Change Count” and “Work Your Way Home” initiatives, which seek to end homelessness downtown. Whitney Benzian, executive director of CAA’s San Diego Division, said his organization is proud to raise money for such a worthy cause, especially with such a track record for delivering results. “Homelessness… Read More

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  The California Apartment Association will hold a charity gala this spring to reduce homelessness in Orange County. CAA’s South Coast division will hold the inaugural gala Wednesday, May 21, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. CAA has partnered with Orange County United Way to both reduce homelessness and ensure that children have permanent, quality places to live. “With our support, Rapid Rehousing will be able to help get kids and their families out of unstable housing situations, from shelters, motels, or living with too many people in an apartment, into their own apartments they can call home,” said Melinda… Read More

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The Genesis House, a shelter that provides temporary housing in the Inland Empire, has reopened after a major renovation project partly shouldered by the California Apartment Association. The California Apartment Association’s Greater Inland Empire division, also known as CAA-AAGIE, partnered with HomeAid Inland Empire to overhaul the 60-year-old, uninhabitable eight-unit apartment building. HomeAid Inland Empire and CAA Inland Empire contributed more than $40,000 in construction money and obtained nearly $60,000 in in-kind donations of labor and materials. This saved Lutheran Social Services more than 40 percent on the cost of the Genesis House renovation project. The Genesis House, near Van… Read More

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SILICON VALLEY — The California Apartment Association has earned public accolades for assisting fire victims in one Silicon Valley city and helping protect schoolchildren in another. After two fires in Redwood City, CAA’s Tri-County Division donated $4,000 to the Create A Smile Foundation, a nonprofit established by the Redwood City Firefighters Association. CAA’s contribution helped provide basic-need items and moving assistance to families affected by a pair of apartment blazes on Woodside Road. Mayor Jeffrey Gee called CAA Tri-County a “partner in our community” that plays a pivotal role, especially when disasters hit. “We need you as you need us,… Read More

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SACRAMENTO — Thanks to the generosity of California Apartment Association staff, more than a dozen foster children will experience a merrier Christmas this year. CAA employees from throughout the state donated new gifts to children being served by Sierra Forever Families, an agency that helps place foster kids with permanent families. The toy drive instantly transformed the CAA Christmas tree. Soon, it was trimmed with paper gingerbread men, each listing the name of a child, his or her age and two or three presents that would brighten the child’s holiday. Employees plucked the miniature wish lists from the branches, and… Read More

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Twice this summer, the California Apartment Association’s Inland Empire Division helped low-income renters who’d fallen on particularly hard times, including both fire victims and families facing eviction. To recognize the efforts, San Bernardino County’s housing authority passed a resolution Tuesday thanking CAA-Apartment Association of the Greater Inland Empire. In the first case, CAA-AAGIE launched a donation drive in August for Housing Authority residents who lost their possessions in a fire.  Collected items included clothing, food, household supplies, school supplies and more. “With the help of AAGIE, most of the needs of the affected residents, which included several children, were met… Read More

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