It is with profound sorrow that we, at Clearinghouse CDFI, dedicate this page to honor the memory of Allen P. Baldwin, a luminary in the community and a personal mentor to our CEO, Douglas Bystry. Allen’s influence profoundly shaped our mission and values, leaving an indelible mark on our leadership and guiding principles.
Allen P. Baldwin, the founding Executive Director of Orange County Community Housing Corporation (OCCHC) and City Treasurer at the City of Lake Elsinore, was a paragon of dedication and compassion in the affordable housing sector. His life’s work, centered around providing affordable housing and educational opportunities to extremely low-income families, has illuminated the path for countless individuals and organizations, including our own. Allen’s philosophy, to “Be the change that you wish to see in the world,” captures the essence of his approach to life and work, a principle that continues to inspire and resonate with all who knew him or have been touched by his legacy.
Established years ago in Allen’s name, our B BOLD Internship Program has become a pivotal force in supporting and nurturing low- to moderate-income students. This program, embodying Allen’s deep commitment to education and opportunity, has helped dozens of promising young individuals to gain invaluable experience, education, and the confidence to become leaders in their own right.
As we mourn the loss of a true champion for affordable housing and a better tomorrow, we extend our deepest condolences to all who were fortunate enough to cross paths with Allen. His work has not only impacted the lives he directly touched but also set a foundation for future generations to build upon. Allen’s legacy of leadership, compassion, and unwavering commitment to community betterment will forever be a cornerstone of our mission at Clearinghouse CDFI.
Allen P. Baldwin’s memory and teachings continue to guide us, reminding us of the power of community and the impact of living a life dedicated to the service of others. We pledge to honor his legacy by continuing the work he was so passionate about and by nurturing the values Allen held dear.
In loving memory and with eternal gratitude, we remember Allen P. Baldwin – a mentor, leader, and friend.