Building Communities. Fulfilling Dreams

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Major Milestone

The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) celebrated its 35th Anniversary. An award-winning nonprofit serving Riverside and Imperial counties, CVHC has improved the lives of thousands of low income families and opened the door to higher education and achievement for its youngest residents.    



Homeownership through the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program

Creating affordable homeownership opportunities for low-income families is at the heart of the work and mission of CVHC. In the mutual self-help housing model, families work together and collectively build each other’s homes by using their sweat equity in place of a down payment. Mutual self-help housing is accomplished through technical assistance, training and supervision provided by the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition and with permanent financing through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since 1989, CVHC has been helping families fulfill their dream of homeownership. Mutual self-help housing essentially builds communities based on a shared commitment of hard work, mutual support, and lifelong bonds of community. To date, nearly 2,000 single-family homes have been constructed throughout Riverside and Imperial counties.

Number of Single-Family Housing Units in Construction: 107

Rental Housing

Through its Multi-Family Housing Development Department, CVHC also builds affordable rental housing for working families, farmworkers, retired farmworkers, migrant farmworkers, veterans, and vulnerable populations with special needs—the elderly, people with disabilities, and chronic illnesses. With more than 34 affordable rental apartment communities throughout Riverside County, CVHC offers an array of housing options for renters who are looking for a stepping stone to homeownership or who are in need of affordable rental housing.

Number of Multi-Family Housing Units in Construction: 138

John F. Mealey College Scholarship Fund

Established in 2002 by its Board of Directors and employees on the occasion of the organization’s 20th anniversary, the scholarship fund is named in honor of its founding executive director, John F. Mealey. The fund also has two specialty scholarships : the Sandy Rosenblith Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students and the Father Edward J. Donovan Memorial Scholarship for Exceptional Community Service. The fund makes annual scholarship awards to students residing in CVHC housing communities, who are pursuing higher education, are the first to go to college in their families and have high financial need. More than $600,000 in scholarship funds has been awarded since inception, 

Benefiting more than 700 students. 


Resident Services

CVHC also connects its residents to a pipeline of Resident Services programs with the support of the best providers in the field in an effort to bring a myriad of opportunities that enrich the lives of the people living in its housing.

10 Early Childhood Education Centers

10 After-School Kids Clubs

6 STEM Lego Robotics Programs

19 Computer Instruction + Technology Centers

Ballet Folklórico Dance Instruction

Mariachi Music Instruction

Summer Youth Tennis Camp

Alternative High School Diploma and GED Program for Adults

English as a Second Language Classes

Community Gardens + Wellness for Seniors

Housing Counseling and Financial Education

Credit/Debt Counseling and Credit Report Reviews

Civic Engagement

Parks + Playgrounds