Our Work

We are a private non-profit 501(c)(3), agency, that develops attractive, well-built, serviceable housing, affordable to Napa County's low & moderate income residents. In that effort, we plan and build new housing, we purchase existing, run down properties and rehabilitate them, and we manage low-income rental units. We offer an array of amenities, including free WiFi. We also provide Resident Services to facilitate the development of resident associations and to help them access the health care, educational services, job training, and social services they need to improve their lives.

Since 1977 NVCH has built, alone or in partnership with others, over 600 new housing units and has supervised the rehabilitation of more than 200 additional units. These include, family apartments, cottages and townhomes, single room occupant dwellings, single family rental homes, self-help homes and townhomes and transitional housing. The agency has additional units in various stages of development or construction. The following is a listing of some of our properties.

Home Sharing Match Up Program

We are a local nonprofit that will facilitate safe home shares for homeowners with extra space in their home with renters who need an affordable place to live in Napa County.

For more information call: (707) 253-6157
Blanca Cervantes, Home Sharing Coordinator Email: Blanca@nvch.org  
Marlene Santiago, Director of Resident Services Email: Marlene@nvch.org  

Home Sharing Flyer - English

Home Sharing Flyer - Spanish

Home Sharing Frequesntly Asked Questions

Resident Services

In addition to providing affordable housing, as part of our agency's mission, we also seek to provide our residents with opportunities to grow, succeed and improve their quality of life as they participate in the community.

One of the ways that we accomplish this is by providing resident services. Marlene Santiago, our Vice President of Resident Services, along with Ivy Castillejos, Georgina Enriquez, Joseph Ramos, Wendy Argueta and Guadalupe Mendoza our Resident Services Coordinators, work endlessly to make sure our residents get the social services they need.

Resident Services

Resident Services focuses on the vulnerable NVCH residents by connecting them to available services and programs that can address thier needs. These include: home visits, coordinating events, support groups, educational programs and training sessions; research and referrals; advocacy; and assisting with tenant committees and community events.

Success Stories

  • Linda

    Linda lived with her husband and two children in a single room in a relatives home in Vallejo. Twice a week Linda packed a cooler and baby, walked thirty minutes to a bus stop, took the bus to Napa, ate dinner with her working husband and two children and studied English at McPherson School. GED classes were held four times a week at McPherson and Linda originally thought it would be impossible to attend. However, with grit and determination, Linda packed the food and baby, walked, boarded the bus, fed her family and attended GED classes. During this time, the family moved to Whistle Stop and it changed everything. Before, her children wouldn't go out because they didn't feel safe. Now, Mcpherson school - two blocks away - is her youngest child's school and the bus pick-up for her older child. Linda completed her GED this year, is a certified volunteer in her Vision Y Compromiso (Vision & Commitment) community, a certified Bailar Terapia (DanceTherapy) teacher and always volunteers to help at the Whistle Stop Community Center. When asked about her extensive volunteer activities, Linda, smiling, replied: "You get back what you give. Even if it's as simple as a smile."

  • Josefina grew up in Mexico with a mother who worked long hours in a restaurant. Determined to have a different lifestyle, Josefina went to school, took seven years of university and general law classes and worked in a civil administration office. Josefina's life changed dramatically when she fell in love, married, received nearly immediate US residency and then discovered she was pregnant. She had a premature delivery and the baby could not go home so Josefina stayed by her baby's side for two months until he was released from the hospital. Presently, Josefina takes her son to therapy sessions in Napa and works a 3-11pm housecleaning shift in Angwin. Her husband works days and cares for their son at night. Josefina aspires to work in an office, assist prople and apply her university law knowledge. When asked what the word "home" means to her, Josefina replied: "A house can be a mansion but not a home. This is my humble home with my husband, myself and son. We will always be united and we teach our son values like honersty and self worth. Home is where you get life's education."

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    A 2018 graduate of Napa High School, Valeria and her family have lived at Magnolia Park Townhomes for nine years, half of Valeria's young life. When asked what was her favorite high school class, without hesitation Valeria replies: LAYLA (Leadership Academy Youth Leaders in Action).

    Bullied in her Freshman and Sophomore years, Valeria sought help and shared her story with her LAYLA peers. The LAYLA students subsequently shared their own stories, invited other peers to share and then drew the stories out in an artwork project. The art program grew and attracted the attention of the principal, counselors and public officials and resulted in public displays of the storied artwork at Congregation Beth Shalom, ABC Bakery and is now permanently installed at Innovations Community Center (3281 Solano Ave. Napa, CA 94558) Valeria's biggest lesson from that LAYLA project: "Be nice to people, you don't know what they're going through and everybody has a story".

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