Allen P. Baldwin: Celebrating a Life of Purpose and Impact

The image is a memorial graphic featuring a photo of Allen P. Baldwin. On the right side of the image, there's a large quotation that reads "Be the Change That You Wish to See in the World," set against a solid white background. Below the quote is the name "Allen P. Baldwin" in bold letters, followed by his birth and death dates "July 7, 1940 - January 19, 2024." Allen is pictured on the left side of the graphic, a mature man with a beard, wearing a suit and tie, and appears to be at a social event. The overall tone of the image is respectful and honors Allen P. Baldwin's memory and his inspirational message.


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.

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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.

Allen P. Baldwin stands smiling in the center of a group of three men at a formal gathering. On his left is a man in a dark suit and red tie, and on his right is a man in a grey sweater and glasses. They all have name tags and appear to be engaged in conversation with drinks in hand.

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.   Group photo of four individuals at a social event. From left to right, a woman named Marla, a woman named Kim, a woman named Natalie Kennedy, and a man named Allen P. Baldwin. They are all smiling and looking towards the camera. The name tags on their clothing are visible, and a bright window forms the background.

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.

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