Connie Der Torossian is an experienced leader and housing advocate who has over 23 years’ experience in program development, fundraising, marketing and outreach for various nonprofit housing organizations. As the founder and ED of Homeownership OC she manages, leads and guides the nonprofit in its effort to promote financial improvement, housing opportunities for all, and promote homeownership. Our mission is to promote and preserve the dream of home ownership through outreach, education, counseling, and financing and Connie and her staff are dedicated to that mission. Homeownership OC’s staff is dedicated in their work to educate the public, especially the low income and underserved populations, on all aspects of owning or renting a home, financial improvement, economic empowerment, and foreclosure prevention. HOOC is a valuable resource for homeowners and renters interested in obtaining, maintaining and sustaining their homes. She was previously the Dir. of Partnership Development and Outreach for the Housing Opportunities Collaborative for 10 years and VP of Marketing and HUD at FHCOC. She is also a founding member of OC HOPC and Homeownership OC and lead the charge for this nonprofit to become an independent, vibrant and important HUD agency in Orange County. She has her NeighborWorks Professional Certificate in Homeownership and Community Lending, Home Buyer Certification, Financial Education Certification, she is a Credit Smart Instructor, member of the OC DA’s Real Estate Fraud Task Force, and a HUD Certified Counselor. She has also attended numerous trainings from HUD, DFEH, NCRC, RCAC, and NeighborWorks America.
Ghada is Homeownership OC’s Housing Counselor and she is bilingual in English and Arabic. She provides rental, credit, home buying, foreclosure prevention and fair housing counseling and education to the community. Her specialty is providing counseling, outreach and education to the Arabic and Armenian communities. Previously, Ghada worked at CSA San Diego, a fair housing HUD nonprofit agency that successfully implemented CDBG, HUD Housing Counseling and FHIP grants. She assisted clients, conducted intakes and processed complaints; made referrals to the discrimination department and HUD. She also conducted workshops and provided resources and translations for Arabic speaking clients. As a housing counselor with more than 5 years’ experience in a fair housing and HUD Housing Counseling agency and other community organizations, she has detailed experience in rental, credit, homebuying, foreclosure, and fair housing counseling and education, and frequently conducts Rental, Loan Modification, Credit and Home Buyer educational workshops in both English and Arabic. She has attended trainings with HUD, Neighborworks America, NCRC and RCAC.
Sr. Housing Counselor
Helen is Homeownership OC’ Senior Housing Counselor and is bilingual in Vietnamese and English. She has over 20 years’ experience working with various nonprofit housing agencies. Previously she was a Housing Counselor with Affordable Housing Clearinghouse and Neighborworks OC. She has extensive experience with credit improvement, down payment assistance, first time buyer loans and homebuying. She also has extensive experience in providing housing counseling, outreach and education to the Vietnamese community. She is often on Radio Bolsa speaking about Housing issues and she has a dedicated heart in helping low to moderate income individuals improve their financial situation and obtain homeownership. She is a HUD Certified Housing counselor with over 20 years’ experience and she has attended numerous trainings with HUD, Neighborworks America, Credit Smart, NCRC and RCAC.
Angie is HomeOwnership OC’s Bilingual Housing Counselor and she has been a housing advocate and counselor working with many nonprofit and community based organizations throughout her career. One of her passions is fair housing issues and she has extensive experience in landlord tenant counseling, mediations and outreach and education. She has utilized her extensive counseling and mediation skills to resolve tenant and fair housing cases and negotiate agreements between management companies and tenants to avoid evictions and fair housing complaints. As an Enforcement Investigator for the FHCOC for more than 9 years, she conducted fair housing trainings for numerous property managers, apartment associations and housing industry professionals. She also has implemented and oversaw testers and testing for the US Dept. of Justice and US Dept. of HUD contracts. She has completed trainings at the National Fair Housing Alliance, Fair Housing Laws and Litigation Conference, NeigborWorks America, HUD and John Marshall Law School. She is a great housing advocate who believes all individuals have the right to equal housing opportunities.