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BANCROFT GROUND BREAKING – NOVEMBER 3, 2012

Make It Right, Dalmark, and Neighborhood Housing Services invite you to the Bancroft Project groundbreaking ceremony.

Saturday, November 3

4300 Tracy Ave, Kansas City, MO

10:00 a.m.

Remarks by:

The Honorable Emanual Cleaver II, US House of Representatives

The Honorable Sylvester James Jr, Mayor of Kansas City

Bancroft Partners

The Bancroft Project will achieve a new national standard for energy efficiency, sustainability, historical restoration, and design in multi-family affordable housing. The LEED Platinum development will also include community amenitites featuring a mobile medical clinic, technology lab, auditorium, and gymnasium, along with community gardens and neighborhood association office space.

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES PURCHASES COMMERCIAL OFFICE BUILDING

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept 25, 2012) – Neighborhood Housing Services of Kansas City, Inc. (NHS) is pleased to announce the purchase of 616 E 63rd Street, Kansas City, MO through the support and partnership of NeighborWorks® America, Bank Midwest, and H&R Block Foundation. Renovations will begin shortly to accommodate the NHS offices on the 2nd floor of the two story building. A portion of the 2nd floor and the lower level will be rented to retail and professional tenants.

Our permanent location is in the 49/63 Neighborhood. In 1974 when we were founded, our first neighborhood partner was 49/63, and  it is especially appropriate that we return to this location as we prepare to move NHS into our next phase of becoming a regional organization.

In the past few years, NHS has been able to expand services from the urban core to also include north of the river, Blue Springs, Independence, Grandview and most recently, Johnson County. To support this increase, staffing has also grown by 25%.

This is another big step forward for NHS as we continue to expand our programs and services to more areas in the KC metro area. This acquisition will help us continue to stabilize our cash flow and we are excited about being part of the revitalization of the 63rd St. corridor near Brookside.

NHS is a community development corporation with a focus on home ownership services including home buyer education classes, mortgages, and minor home repair assistances. NHS is also a NeighborWorks® Chartered member, currently located at           616 E. 63rd St. Suite 200., Kansas City, MO 64110. NHS’  mission is to revitalize and maintain urban neighborhoods as vibrant areas that attract people who value diversity, historic architecture, security and community.

If you would like to assist with supporting the programs and services offered by NHS, please send donations to the NHS offices. Please visit www.nhsofkcmo.org for more information about specific programs and services.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES RECEIVES GRANT FROM UMB BANK TO FUND AREA LOAN PROGRAMS

KANSAS CITY, MO. (Aug. 21, 2012) – Neighborhood Housing Services of Kansas City, Inc. (NHS) is pleased to announce that UMB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: UMBF) has donated $50,000 for use in the NHS Minor Home Repair program. This grant through UMB will provide additional financing for NHS lending efforts that assist borrowers in the core sections of Kansas City. Since inception of the Minor Home Repair program, more than 100 projects have been completed for moderate to low income households.

“This is an excellent resource,” said president and CEO of NHS. “We can use these funds for home repair loans or to help make a mortgage loan to a first-time buyer.”

“We are very pleased with the announcement,” stated, NHS board chair.  “The fact that UMB has made a grant of this size available to further our mission is very important. We are happy that they have chosen NHS to receive this commitment.”

As the largest provider of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved homebuyer education classes in Kansas City, NHS will ensure that any buyers of rehabbed homes are equipped to be successful homebuyers.

“Being a NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center really makes this a good experience for the buyer,” said Marjorie Major, HomeOwnership Center manager. “Buyers can attend classes, receive counseling, apply for a mortgage and buy a house from a single entity. This is a real one-stop-shop.”

NHS is a licensed mortgage broker and all loan applications are accepted by licensed mortgage loan officers. NHS is also a NeighborWorks® Chartered member, located at 616 E. 63rd St. Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64110. Its mission is to revitalize and maintain urban neighborhoods as vibrant areas that attract people who value diversity, historic architecture, security and community.

“UMB has always been and will continue to be a steward of financial education for the people in our communities,” said Vanessa Vaughn-West, UMB community relations manager. “Through this gift, our intent is to help individuals and families achieve personal goals, and to make a truly meaningful impact in their lives.”

If you would like to assist with supporting the programs and services offered by NHS, please send donations  to the NHS offices. Please visit www.nhsofkcmo.org for more information about specific programs and services.

ONLINE HOMEOWNERSHIP EDUCATION CLASSES

July 25, 2016

Neighborhood Housing Services of Kansas City, Inc. (NHS) continues on-line homebuyer education services.

NHS has partnered with E Home, a NeighborWorks® sponsored on-line homebuyer training course to help meet the increasing need for homeowner counseling. NHS is a HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency and a NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center.

“With our long history of providing the best homeownership training in the region, NHS understood very quickly that our regularly scheduled monthly classes would be insufficient to handle the volume of homebuyers who would come into the process,” explained Marjorie Major, HomeOwnership Center Manager. “We are preparing to launch classes in Spanish , so adding more classroom sessions at this time is difficult. By using E Home to help fill this the gap, it allows us the opportunity to provide the service the clients need, and to complete the offering of a service we had considered for some time.”

Potential homebuyers are cautioned about which on-line classes to take. “These classes are approved by HUD only if the person taking the class also receives an in person or telephone review with a counselor at the HUD Certified Agency offering the course,” said Turner Pettway, President and CEO of NHS. “There are agencies in town that are representing themselves to consumers as a HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency or a NeighborWorks® Organization when they are not.”

To register for the E Home online class please visit https://ehomeamerica.org/register.php or to enroll for classroom training, visit the NHS website at www.nhsofkcmo.org.

Neighborhood Housing Services is a NeighborWorks® Chartered Member, and is located at 616 E 63rd St Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64110. Our mission is to revitalize and maintain urban neighborhoods as vibrant areas that attract people who value diversity, historic architecture, security and community.

If you would like to assist with supporting the programs and services offered by Neighborhood Housing Services,  please sent donations to the NHS offices, or through our on-line donation program. Please visit our website at www.nhsofkcmo.org for more information about Neighborhood Housing Services programs and services.

NHS HELPING DISPLACED KCMO RESIDENTS FIND NEW HOME

NHS’ own Tom Jung was interviewed for this story about a current rehabilitation project.

fox4kc.com/2012/06/07/agency-helping-displaced-kcmo-residents-find-new-homes/

DR. GEORGE EHRLICH ACHIEVEMENT IN PRESERVATION AWARD

May 31, 2012

NHS Receives the Dr. George Ehrlich Achievement in Preservation Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Neighborhood Housing Services of Kansas City, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Historic Preservation Commission of Kansas City, MO unanimously voted to award NHS the Dr. George Ehrlich Achievement in Preservation Award. Each May the City of Kansas City, Missouri recognizes the efforts of businesses and individuals who have made contributions to the historic built environment. Neighborhood Housing Services of Kansas City Inc. is the first non profit to be recognized with this honor.

The award was presented to recognize the work done at 3640 Tracy in the historic Squier Park neighborhood. This project rehabilitated a turn of the century Victorian style home. The project included a new roof, exterior and interior paint, refinishing of hardwood floors, updating the kitchen and baths, HVAC, electric wiring and plumbing, replacement of sidewalk, stonework, and a new front porch.

The new homeowners were the first applicants under the NHS Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Chris Baker and Johnathon Bish worked with the NHS NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center to prepare for the purchase of their first home. “We were very excited to be able to move in,” said Johnathon Bish. “NHS did a great job, and we were able to buy a great house in a fantastic neighborhood.”

“What was so great for me was to win this award for a project that we did with federal funds” stated Mark Stalsworth, President/CEO of NHS. “The homebuyers, the neighborhood and the staff of both the City Housing Department and EDC all share in this honor. All of these projects are group efforts.”

Neighborhood Housing Services is a NeighborWorks® Charter Member, and is located at 5835 Neighborhood Housing Services is a NeighborWorks® Charter Member, and is located at 5835 Troost, Kansas City, Missouri 64110. Its mission is to revitalize and maintain urban neighborhoods as vibrant areas that attract people who value diversity, historic architecture, security and community.

ENERGYWORKS KC

March 30, 2012

Energy Efficient Upgrade Available to Home and Business Owners

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Neighborhood Housing Services of Kansas City, Inc. (NHS) is pleased to announce that the City of Kansas City, Mo.’s EnergyWorks KC program has issued two contracts to NHS totaling $4 million. These contracts are to assist with the financing of energy efficiency upgrades to home and business owners throughout Kansas City, Mo.

These loans are a core component of EnergyWorks KC (EWKC), a $20 million grant received from the U.S. Department of Energy, in helping customers afford energy efficiency improvements. The goal of these loans is to increase the energy efficiency of the improved property by a projected minimum of 15%. “We are really excited to have NHS as one of our lending partners in this venture”, said Jerry Shechter, co-director of EWKC. “It has taken a lot of effort and out-of-the-box thinking to make this project happen”. Loans will be available to homeowners, business owners and renters (with landlord approval).

Two different programs are supported by EWKC. The Interest Rate Buy-down Program (IRBD) is designed to pay the first year of interest on a loan that is obtained from a bank or credit union of the borrower’s choice. “Basically, the property is evaluated with an energy analysis, and the client decides to get the money from a different financial institution rather than NHS”, Jenifer Degen, EWKC contract manager. “After the loan is closed, the work is completed and the energy savings improvements verified, the property owner submits the appropriate forms to NHS, and a check equal to the first years’ interest is sent to the lender to be applied to their loan. It really is easy.”

EWKC also supports a Revolving Loan Fund. Eligible borrowers receive funding from NHS for up to $15,000 for energy efficiency improvements. Repayment periods are for a maximum of up to 15 years. Interest rates will be 0 percent in the program’s targeted neighborhood areas and 3 percent citywide in Kansas City, Mo. Loan underwriting guidelines will be available on the EnergyWorks KC and NHS websites within weeks. “The key to making the loan program viable for NHS is our HomeOwnership Center”, said Mark Stalsworth, President/CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services. “NHS is the only non-profit in Kansas City licensed by the State of Missouri to make loans and service loans. The City doesn’t have licensed loan officers on staff to originate and service loans, so this was a natural fit for us.”

A key partner in the implementation of the EnergyWorks KC program is the Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC). Borrowers interested in obtaining these loans, start the application process at MEC with an energy expert. Executive Director of MEC, Bob Housh stated that there are people ready to apply. “We have been working on this project for a while. Now that the loan funds are ready, our staff is prepared to talk with property owners about accessing the loan fund. They have the option of prequalifying for a loan by going to NHS. Or, they can first evaluate the home with an energy analysis, determine the scope of work, and then go to NHS for a loan to implement the recommended energy efficiency upgrades.”

EnergyWorks KC is a citywide program with an emphasis in seven targeted neighborhood areas. For a map of these targeted neighborhood areas and information on how to start the application process, visit www.EnergyWorksKC.org.

Neighborhood Housing Services is a NeighborWorks® Charter Member, and is located at 5835 Troost, Kansas City, Missouri 64110. Its mission is to revitalize and maintain urban neighborhoods as vibrant areas that attract people who value diversity, historic architecture, security and community.

If you would like to assist with supporting the programs and services offered by Neighborhood Housing Services, donations may be sent to the NHS offices, or through our on-line donation program beginning the first week of April. Please visit our website at www.nhsofkcmo.org for more information about Neighborhood Housing Services programs and services.

HOLY ROSARY CREDIT UNION OF KANSAS CITY

March 29, 2012

NHS and Holy Rosary Credit Union Form a Partnership Offering First Mortgage Loans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Neighborhood Housing Services of Kansas City, Inc. (NHS) and Holy Rosary Credit Union of Kansas City (HRCU) are pleased to announce a new partnership to provide first mortgage loans to HRCU members without the fees that are often associated with smaller dollar mortgages.

The program will provide mortgage loans as low as $25,000 with no additional fees or points. These loans will be originated using standard guidelines related to credit, collateral etc. Loan applications will be accepted by NHS’ licensed loan officers and processed by NHS staff. Loans will be closed by the Holy Rosary Credit Union. The goal of these loans is to increase the homeownership rate among lower wealth Kansas City area households. “We are very excited to have a lending partner who really understands the transaction from the perspective of the buyer”, said Carole Wight, President of Holy Rosary Credit Union. “There are a lot of good serviceable houses in the central city that our members are interested in buying, and now we have a process in place to make it possible.”

“We have been a strong proponent of this type of program for a long time” stated Mark Stalsworth, CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services. “As a NeighborWorks® Charter Organization NHS has been involved in most of the unique mortgage programs in the KC area that help working families’ buy their first home. HRCU is our newest partner in these efforts, and we hope that the network keeps growing.”

Holy Rosary Credit Union serves a clientele that are primarily centered in the Historic Northeast section of Kansas City. This area has a large immigrant population, including large numbers of Hispanic and Vietnamese residents. “One of the really exciting pieces of the agreement will be providing home buyer education in both Spanish and Vietnamese”, says Marjorie Major, Homeownership Center Manager. “These will generally be smaller loans, and we hope to see a lot of 15 year and even 10 year loans come out of this partnership.”

Neighborhood Housing Services is a NeighborWorks® Charter Member, and is located at 5835 Troost, Kansas City, Missouri 64110. Its mission is to revitalize and maintain urban neighborhoods as vibrant areas that attract people who value diversity, historic architecture, security and community.

If you would like to assist with supporting the programs and services offered by Neighborhood Housing Services, donations may be sent to the NHS offices. Please visit our website at www.nhsofkcmo.org for more information about Neighborhood Housing Services programs and services.

BANCROFT SCHOOL REDEVELOPMENT

February 22, 2012

Bancroft School to Become a Multi-use Community Center and Homes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Neighborhood Housing Services of Kansas City, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Missouri Housing Development Commission has approved an allocation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits for the redevelopment of the Bancroft School. This project, with total construction cost of $14.5 million, will provide 50 units of LEED Platinum rated affordable housing.

The development team for this project consists of Dalmark Development, Make It Right 9th Ward and Neighborhood Housing Services. BNIM is the architect for the project. “This is an amazing project”, stated Mark Stalsworth, President/CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services. “Dalmark has a history of developing fantastic projects, Make It Right Foundation has done an amazing job in the 9th Ward in New Orleans, and the design team led by BNIM architects recently won a national award for their design for the Bancroft. NHS is proud to be part of the development team for one of the largest sustainable projects in Missouri.”

Jim Nichols of Dalmark credits the Historic Manheim Park neighborhood with making this project a reality. “Almost from the day this school closed in 1999, the neighborhood wanted the building to be repurposed”, says Nichols. “The commitment of the neighborhood to the school was one of the things that attracted us to this project.”

Bancroft School is located at 43rd and Tracy in the Green Impact Zone in Kansas City. Neighborhood Housing Services is a NeighborWorks® Charter Member, and is located at 5835 Troost, Kansas City, Missouri 64110. Its mission is to revitalize and maintain urban neighborhoods as vibrant areas that attract people who value diversity, historic architecture, security and community.

If you would like to assist with supporting the programs and services offered by Neighborhood Housing Services, donations may be sent to the NHS offices. Please visit our website at www.nhsofkcmo.org for more information about Neighborhood Housing Services programs and services.

NHSKC HELPS MAKE JOPLIN MO EXTREME MAKEOVER POSSIBLE

When an F 5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22nd, 2011, Neighborhood Housing Services of Kansas City’s’ President Mark Stalsworth had no idea that his organization would be instrumental in the construction of seven new homes in this storm-ravaged city in southwest Missouri. “I used to spend a lot of time in Joplin working with non profits there a few years ago, so I was concerned about the residents and my friends,” says Stalsworth. “I knew from that first day that NeighborWorks® would be involved in the recovery, somehow, but I didn’t know that NHS would be a part of bringing the story to television.”

Only weeks after the disaster, NeighborWorks® staff members and Stalsworth met with John Joines, Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation of Southwest Missouri. “Mark was an old friend, and I was glad to see him returning to Joplin to help us. We needed all the help we could find,” said Mr. Joines.

The process of obtaining a grant for Joplin was started the day the Kansas City staffers returned to their offices. “When we were finishing up the details, John called and told me that Extreme Makeover Home Edition wanted to do a whole street of houses, seven houses in a row. The problem was he needed to buy the land and commit to specific sites so that planning could begin. He needed to buy the land, replat the lots and get everything done ASAP,” stated Stalsworth. NHS and NeighborWorks® then worked with the Joplin agency to develop a plan to provide funding. $200,000 was made available, with NHS serving as the grant administrator.

“What NHS and NeighborWorks® did was what we always do; find out what we can do to help, and then try to make it happen,” said Leon Gray of NeighborWorks®. “Being the first in donor on a project like this was an amazing experience.”

Months of advance work, interviewing, sponsor coordination, site planning and negotiations followed.
By the time the Extreme Makeover team had come and gone, the $200,000 grant had been leveraged to build seven 1500 square feet homes valued at over $2,000,000. Major suppliers of home products, appliances, paint and lumber had contributed their products, and volunteers had contributed thousands of hours of work. “I feel very lucky that NHS and NeighborWorks® came to the table the way they did,” says John Joines. “Their money made this whole process possible.”

The story of the Joplin Extreme Makeover Project will air on January 13th at 7:00PM Kansas City time on ABC. This will be the 200th episode, and the final show of the series. “I am sorry to see the show go off the air,” said Joines, “but they are certainly going out with a bang!”

Neighborhood Housing Services is a NeighborWorks® Charter Member, and is located at 5835 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. Its mission is to revitalize and maintain urban neighborhoods as vibrant areas that attract people who value diversity, historic architecture, security and community.

If you would like to assist with supporting NHS’ ongoing efforts in Joplin and the other programs and services offered by Neighborhood Housing Services, donations may be sent to the NHS offices.

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