Springfield NHS Has Not Moved

Hello Everyone, I just want to let everyone know that Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. HAS NOT MOVED FROM 111 Wilbraham Road. Our office has not closed nor has it moved. We used to share the building with Home City Housing who was located on the side of our building at 5 Northampton Ave. Home City Housing has moved to 261 Oak Grove Ave. and is a rental agency. Our office door has always been on Wilbraham Rd side.

Springfield NHS is a HomeOwnership Center and if you are interested in becoming a HomeOwner, want to learn how to buy a house, get your credit repaired, established or learn how to maintain it, for any reason, such as improving it to rent an apartment, buy a car at a good interest rate, etc. or buy a house, please stop in to see up or good to our website at www.springfieldnhs.org to register.

We also help families with Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention who may be late with their mortgages or facing possible foreclose. Please give us a call.

Please give us a call at (413) 739-4737. Springfield NHS is also a nonproft Licensed Lender/Broker (NMLS #MC49872) and we can help you to pre-qualify for a mortgage with us. So stop by and see us. Thank you.

Verizon Foundation Shines Volunteer Spotlight on Lisa Harrison

When Lisa Harrison volunteered with nonprofit Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (SpringfieldNHS) six years ago she had no idea she would be invited to sit on its board of directors and simultaneously be elected as president two years later.

The Springfield nonprofit transforms families and revitalizes communities through homeownership development, recycling of blighted properties and resident empowerment. This is done through credit counseling and home-ownership education for potential buyers; technical assistance to borrowers from loan intake to closing; flexible financing products that include property rehabilitation; technical assistance with property inspections and rehabilitation services; and post-purchase services that include foreclosure intervention.

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Springfield NHS Spring Newsletter is Here

Our Spring newsletter is now available for download. In this issue we cover topics such as:

  • NeighborWorks Week festivities announced!
  • Youth Financial literacy
  • SNHS Services
  • Home Ownership Tips and much more.

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Sophia Jeffrey, 2011 Resident Leadership Award Winner

Sophia Jeffery, one of seven recipients, received the Dorothy Richardson Award for the Northeast Region in Kansas City, MO on Friday night from NeighborWorks America for her community work in Springfield. Congratulations Sophia! Sophia was the President of Springfield NHS for the past 33 years.

Congratulations Sophy!

UPDATE! Time Is Running Out To Get Help with Your Mortgage!

The U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a new program for homeowners who are at least 90 days late on their mortgage, unemployed or working fewer hours because of the economy or a medical condition. The Emergency Homeowners Loan Program (EHLP) can provide eligible homeowners with assistance that will pay a portion of your monthly mortgage for up to two years or up to $50,000.

Don’t Miss This Opportunity

MA Faith Based Initiative

The mission of the Massachusetts Faith Based Initiative (MAFBI) is to improve communication and access for Faith based organizations across the state to community and economic development information, resources, training and tools in an effort to increase their capacity to address the needs of residents.  This year’s conference will be held on April 9, 2011 at Belmont AME Zion Church, Worcester, MA.  The theme of this conference will be mass Faith in Action.  You can click the links to download the pdf  MAFBI Sponsorship Opportunities as well as, MAFBI Conf Flyer.

Be sure to register at http://mafbi2011.eventbrite.com

Online Newsletter

Please be sure to read our online newsletter by clicking right here and also share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and all of your other social media circles.  Thank you.

Welcome to the New Springfield NHS Website

Welcome. We are very proud to announce the launch of our new and easy to use website. You will find that with this makeover you will be able to find the information you need easier and faster.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us with any questions.

Tenants Have New Rights After Foreclosure

The new Just Cause Eviction Law says:

  • If you are a bona fide tenant you can stay in your building while the bank owns it, unless the bank has just cause to evict you;
  • The bank can evict you only if you violate standard tenancy rules, or if the bank has a signed contract to sell the property to another buyer;
  • The bank cannot pressure you into leaving or do anything else to force you out;
  • The bank must notify you that you  have the right to a court hearing before eviction;
  • The bank must post and send you a notice telling you how to contact the bank and the person in charge of repairs and management of  your building.
Who is a “bona fide” tenant?
  • If you moved in before the foreclosure, and
  • If your landlord before foreclosure was not your husband, wife, child or parent,
you are probably a bona fide tenant and the Just Cause Eviction Law protects you – even if you do not have a lease.
This is only a summary of tenants’ rights after foreclosure under the Just Cause Eviction Law and other laws.  For complete information call Springfield NHS at (413) 739-4737.

CURB APPEAL PROGRAM: Round 2 Completed!

Last year MassMutual announced the kickoff of a $150,000  “Curb Appeal”  program to improve the exterior appearances of homes in neighborhoods along the city’s State Street corridor.

In it’s second year, residents in the neighborhoods along the State Street corridor were encouraged to apply for grants of up to $5,000 for a broad range of home improvements to fencing, or entry doors.  The program is being administered by Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services.

“Mass Mutual has long been committed to giving back to our community and, this program is a significant extension of that commitment” said Nick Fyntrilakas, Assistant Vice President, Community Responsibility.  “We’re confident that this program will add to the significant progress already being made in State Street’s redevelopment efforts”.

Charles Rucks, Executive Director, SNHS, noted that Mass Mutual’s grant also helped SNHS secure an additional $600,000 in funding to assist city residents in achieving home ownership.  “This program clearly extends SNHS’s goal to help transform families and revitalize distressed neighborhoods through sustainable home ownership, rehabilitation and recycling of blighted properties, and empowerment of our city’s residents,” said Rucks.  “We thank Mass Mutual for their continued generosity and look forward to working with neighborhood residents that are committed to their homes and our city.  “These grants will enable residents to enhance the appearance of their properties, bolstering the pride they have in their homes and making Springfield a better place to live”.

“So far, some 20 applicants have been approved for grants under the program and another round is forthcoming.  If you are interested in pursuing one of these grants and would like more information, watch for announcements or contact our office at (413)739-4737.