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Monday, March 27, 2017

8th ANNUAL MULTICULTURAL FAMILY FESTIVAL FULL STEAM AHEAD: CELEBRATING WOMEN & GIRLS IN S.T.E.A.M!



For Immediate Release
March 20, 2017
Media Inquiries: Maria Perez-Martinez | 475-227-0530 | mmartinez@nhsofnewhaven.org


NHS OF NEW HAVEN ANNOUNCES THEME FOR
8th ANNUAL MULTICULTURAL FAMILY FESTIVAL
FULL STEAM AHEAD: CELEBRATING WOMEN & GIRLS IN S.T.E.A.M!


New Haven, CT — Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven (NHS), positioning neighborhoods to succeed for 37 years, announced today the date and theme of their 8th Annual Multicultural Family Festival. The Festival will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 and is titled FULL STEAM AHEAD: Celebrating Women & Girls in S.T.E.A.M!  NHS’ family festival, which has become a community staple with residents from all over Connecticut, has featured past themes such as Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, and Environmental Awareness. It is a chance to honor both the diversity and spirit of the New Haven Community and beyond.

From engineers to artists, from scientists to coders, women and girls are learning, excelling, and engaging in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). The festival invites families and children of all ages to explore hands-on activities, exciting games, and inspirational performers geared toward highlighting professional women in S.T.E.A.M. Admission is free and includes games, food, and activities.

“Our family festivals have afforded us with an opportunity to give back to the community,” said NHS of New Haven executive director Jim Paley. “We are thrilled with this year’s theme and are excited to bring the community together for a day of science experiments, refreshments, and meetings with friends to discuss the importance of highlighting women in the arts and sciences.”

“As Marian Wright Edelman once said, ‘You can’t be what you can’t see,” remarked HomeOwnership Center Managing Director, Bridgette Russell. “It is more important than ever for our young girls to have powerful, strong role models in the S.T.E.A.M. fields, to   learn the many contributions that women have made within these areas, and to ignite their enthusiasm around pursuing careers focused in math and science.”

The Festival will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at NHS of New Haven's campus on Sherman Avenue. The official event page can be found on NHS' facebook site: facebook.com/nhsofnewhaven.


About Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven
Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven is focused on positioning New Haven’s neighborhoods to succeed by increasing homeownership; making homes beautiful, energy-efficient, and affordable; and helping residents take charge of their neighborhoods. We believe that increased homeownership, educated homebuyers, and rehabilitated houses will produce stable, revitalized neighborhoods that our clients will be proud to call home.
www.nhsofnewhaven.org

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven is part of the national NeighborWorks® network, an affiliation of more than 230 nonprofit organizations that increase homeownership, produce affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods in more than 4,400 communities across the nation.  www.nw.org

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Monday, March 20, 2017

University of New Haven Students Spend Alternative-Spring-Break as NHS Volunteers

The staff in Community Building and Organizing (CBO) had the pleasure of hosting four students from the University of New Haven for four days of community service during their “Alternative Spring Break,” March 13 through March 17.  Although the cold temperatures and Tuesday’s disruptive blizzard created challenging circumstances for outdoor service work, the students persevered.

On Monday afternoon, CBO Specialist Adam Rawlings supervised the crew as they spread wood chips for walking trails in a section of Beaver Pond Park bordered by Sherman Parkway, commonly known as “Sherman Forest.” In doing so, the students chipped into ongoing efforts that have transformed this park space over the last few years, thanks to the joint effort of NHS of New Haven, Urban Resources Initiative, the New HavenDepartment of Parks and Recreation, and the Friends of Beaver Pond Park.   

After Tuesday’s snowstorm brought Greater New Haven to a standstill, the students returned on Wednesday and contributed to snow removal efforts in the Newhallville neighborhood.  Elias Estabrook, AmeriCorps VISTA and Residential Engagement Specialist, coordinated the crew as they joined ten employees of EMERGE CT, Inc. to clear snow and ice from the sidewalks around NHS-owned vacant properties (in NHS’ portfolio for future development). In the afternoon, Adam and Elias led the students in freeing the sidewalk around the Ivy Street Community Garden, a resident-run garden routinely supported by NHS. 

On Thursday, the students got a break from the cold and assisted staff of the CBO department and HomeOwnership Center by preparing attendees’ handouts for upcoming classes. By devising a coordinated “assembly line,” they printed, stapled, hole-punched and compiled the materials in record time.

Over the course of the week, the four volunteers gave a boost to all three NHS’ departments and witnessed the breadth of our organization’s programs. We greatly appreciate their service.

If you or your organization is looking to volunteer with NHS of New Haven, visit our website and submit a volunteer application.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Meet the Instructor! Resident Leadership Program Highlight!

About the Resident Leadership Program: 
In March 2010, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven launched its Building Leaders, Building Communities: Resident Leadership Program. The program was an essential element of the training and education component of our Neighborhood Revitalization Institute.

Instructor Highlight!
Kica Matos will be the instructor for the fourth session of our resident leadership program (Planning Successful Campaigns).

Kica Matos is the Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice at the Center for Community Change (“CCC”), an organization whose mission is to empower the people most affected by injustice to lead movements to improve the policies that affect their lives. She has extensive experience as an advocate, community organizer and lawyer.

Since joining CCC, Ms. Matos has been a national advocate for immigration reform and coordinates the work of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, the nation’s largest network of immigrant rights organizations.

Prior to her work at CCC, Ms. Matos served as Deputy Mayor in the city of New Haven, where she oversaw the city’s community programs and launched new initiatives including prisoner re-entry, youth and immigrant integration. 

Matos was previously the Executive Director of JUNTA, New Haven’s oldest Latino advocacy organization.  She also worked as an assistant federal defender for death-sentenced inmates and with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Amnesty International on death penalty and criminal justice issues.


She has a B.A. from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, an M.A. from the New School and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. 



REGISTER TODAY -- JUST 1 WEEK UNTIL THE DEADLINE!
Participants must attend at least four of the workshops listed above in order to receive a NeighborWorks Certificate. Sessions will be held from 6pm-8pm at NHS of New Haven. Dinner will be provided at 5:30pm. 

March 28, 2017: Art and Science of Leadership
April 4, 2017: Mapping Community Assets
April 18, 2017: Understanding Power for Community Change
May 2, 2017: Planning Successful Campaigns
May 9, 2017: Leading Great Meetings

HOW TO APPLY:
There are a number of options you can utilize when applying for our Resident Leadership Program. The application, as well as $20 registration fee, is due by March 14, 2017:

1) Click this link and fill out the online form. Save the document on your computer and then email to cgibbs@nhsofnewhaven.org

2) Click this link and print the application. Then mail to 333 Sherman Avenue, New Haven, CT 06614 (ATTN: Chandel Gibbs). Application must be received by March 14, 2017

3) If you do not have access to a computer, feel free to stop by our offices during normal business hours to pick one up and fill it out in person. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Meet the Instructor! Resident Leadership Program Highlight!

About the Resident Leadership Program: 
In March 2010, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven launched its Building Leaders, Building Communities: Resident Leadership Program. The program was an essential element of the training and education component of our Neighborhood Revitalization Institute.

Instructor Highlight!
Stacy Spell will be the instructor for the third session of our resident leadership program (Understanding Power for Community Change).

Mr. Stacy Spell is the current Program Manager for Project Longevity – New Haven (PL-NH).  Mr. Spell attended New Hampshire College and is a veteran of the United States Army Military Police Corp. and retired from the New Haven Police Department as a Homicide Detective. During his time with the Police Department, he worked in the major crimes, firearms, and narcotic enforcement units and was assigned to the Connecticut State Police Gang Unit. He is one of the original founding members of the New Haven Police Department K-9 unit.  He is also the past president of the West River Neighborhood Services Corporation.

Mr. Spell has sat on the board of directors for the West River Neighborhood Services Corporation, The New Haven Land Trust, the Dwight Development Corporation, The Newhallville Community Center, and is currently a board member of Elmseed. Stacy is an active tutor at New Haven Reads, a member of the Urban League of Southern Connecticut and the chairman of the Deacon Board of Pitts Chapel U.F.W. Baptist Church. Mr. Spell lives by the motto that “a good man serves God, his family, and his community.  Mr. Spell has been the recipient of numerous civic awards for his community service and the 2011 New Haven Independent “Man of the Year.”


He is married to Virginia Spell, is the proud father of five children and five grandchildren.  Mr. Spell is an avid outdoorsman and gardener.  



REGISTER TODAY -- JUST 2 WEEKS UNTIL THE DEADLINE!
Participants must attend at least four of the workshops listed above in order to receive a NeighborWorks Certificate. Sessions will be held from 6pm-8pm at NHS of New Haven. Dinner will be provided at 5:30pm. 

March 28, 2017: Art and Science of Leadership
April 4, 2017: Mapping Community Assets
April 18, 2017: Understanding Power for Community Change
May 2, 2017: Planning Successful Campaigns
May 9, 2017: Leading Great Meetings

HOW TO APPLY:
There are a number of options you can utilize when applying for our Resident Leadership Program. The application, as well as $20 registration fee, is due by March 14, 2017:

1) Click this link and fill out the online form. Save the document on your computer and then email to cgibbs@nhsofnewhaven.org

2) Click this link and print the application. Then mail to 333 Sherman Avenue, New Haven, CT 06614 (ATTN: Chandel Gibbs). Application must be received by March 14, 2017

3) If you do not have access to a computer, feel free to stop by our offices during normal business hours to pick one up and fill it out in person. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Meet the Instructor! Resident Leadership Program Highlight!

About the Resident Leadership Program: 
In March 2010, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven launched its Building Leaders, Building Communities: Resident Leadership Program. The program was an essential element of the training and education component of our Neighborhood Revitalization Institute.

Instructor Highlight!
Leslie Radcliffe will be the instructor for the first session of our resident leadership program (Art & Science of Leadership).

Leslie Radcliffe is a life-long resident of New Haven. Her association with NHS began almost two decades ago when she began her journey to become a homeowner. In addition to attending financial literacy workshops, first-time homebuyer seminars, landlord classes, and resident leadership programs at NHS, Leslie has attended two Community Leadership Institute national programs, completed the New Haven Citizens Academy, graduated from the New Haven Democracy School, and is certified member of the Community Emergency Response Team. Active in service to her community, she worked with other residents, Urban Resources Initiative and New Haven Land Trust to establish the Truman Street Community Garden and Greenspace; is a Board member of the City of New Haven City Plan Commission; holds a seat on the New Haven Farms Community Advisory Board; serves as Secretary on the NHS Executive Board; reactivated the Truman Street Block Watch; participates in her District Management Team; holds office and serves faithfully in her church; and is a devoted mom and grandmother. 

This will be the 4th NHS Resident Leadership Program class that Leslie has facilitated. She brings a ‘boots on the ground’ perspective to the RLP as one who has not only gone through the program, but who utilizes the skills she attained in RLP’s on an almost daily basis. She advocates for her community by working with residents, municipal and non-profit agencies, and other stakeholders for the betterment of her neighborhood and community. Her outlook on neighborhood improvement is ‘we may not be able to change the world but we can start right where we are ... yard by yard, block by block, street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood …’.



REGISTER TODAY -- JUST 3 WEEKS UNTIL THE DEADLINE!
Participants must attend at least four of the workshops listed above in order to receive a NeighborWorks Certificate. Sessions will be held from 6pm-8pm at NHS of New Haven. Dinner will be provided at 5:30pm. 

March 28, 2017: Art and Science of Leadership
April 4, 2017: Mapping Community Assets
April 18, 2017: Understanding Power for Community Change
May 2, 2017: Planning Successful Campaigns
May 9, 2017: Leading Great Meetings

HOW TO APPLY:
There are a number of options you can utilize when applying for our Resident Leadership Program. The application, as well as $20 registration fee, is due by March 14, 2017:

1) Click this link and fill out the online form. Save the document on your computer and then email to cgibbs@nhsofnewhaven.org

2) Click this link and print the application. Then mail to 333 Sherman Avenue, New Haven, CT 06614 (ATTN: Chandel Gibbs). Application must be received by March 14, 2017

3) If you do not have access to a computer, feel free to stop by our offices during normal business hours to pick one up and fill it out in person. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

PRESS RELEASE! NHS OF NEW HAVEN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $7,000 IN FUNDING FROM WEBSTER BANK


For Immediate Release
February 7, 2017
Maria Perez-Martinez, 475-227-0530, mmartinez@nhsofnewhaven.org


NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES OF NEW HAVEN
ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $7,000 IN FUNDING FROM WEBSTER BANK

NEW HAVEN, CTNeighborhood Housing Services of New Haven announced today that Webster Bank has contributed nearly $8,000 under the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program. The NAA Tax Credit Program is designed to provide funding for municipal and tax exempt organizations.

Webster Bank’s funding will support energy conservation workshops offered by NHS subsidiary, the New Haven HomeOwnership Center. Workshops are held in NHS’ Home Improvement and Energy Conservation Lab and provide a vital perspective (both financially and environmentally) for prospective and current homeowners. Participants learn about the measures they can take to reduce their energy consumption and lower their utility bills. Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven and The New Haven HomeOwnership Center look forward to continuing these class offerings and expanding the number of new and existing homeowners who will benefit from the materials presented in their energy conservation workshops.

“Webster Bank’s funding of our programs clearly demonstrates the bank’s strong commitment to energy conservation and financial responsibility,” said Bridgette Russell, managing director of the New Haven HomeOwnership Center. “Webster Bank’s contribution is a strong reaffirmation of its support of our work to revitalize New Haven’s most challenging neighborhoods.”

“We are pleased to support Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven through our CRA program,” said Jeff Klaus, regional president for Connecticut at Webster.  “By investing in our communities, they become stronger and more vibrant and we applaud the agency’s commitment to this goal and to reducing our carbon footprint by reducing energy consumption.”

LtR: Jeff Klaus, Webster Bank Regional President-Connecticut; Kevin Moran, Webster Bank Senior Vice President, Sales Team Manager; Jessica Buchanan, NHS of New Haven Resource Development Specialist; Nikki Westfall, AmeriCorps VISTA Member; Henry Dynia, NHS of New Haven Director of Design and Construction


Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven and its subsidiary the New Haven HomeOwnership Center, work to revitalize selected neighborhoods in New Haven by increasing homeownership; making homes beautiful, energy-efficient, and affordable; and helping residents take charge of their neighborhoods. We believe that increased homeownership, educated homebuyers, and rehabilitated houses will produce stable, revitalized neighborhoods that our clients will be proud to call home. During the course of our 37-year history, NHS has fully renovated and sold more than 270 houses to low- and moderate-income families (www.nhsofnewhaven.org). NHS of New Haven is a chartered member of the NeighborWorks America network (www.nw.org). 

Webster Financial Corporation is the holding company for Webster Bank, National Association. With $25.6 billion in assets, Webster provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, financial planning, trust, and investment services through 175 banking centers and 350 ATMs. Webster also provides telephone banking, mobile banking, and Internet banking. Webster Bank owns the asset-based lending firm Webster Business Credit Corporation; the equipment finance firm Webster Capital Finance Corporation; and HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank, which provides health savings account trustee and administrative services. Webster Bank is a member of the FDIC and an equal housing lender. For more information about Webster, including past press releases and the latest annual report, visit the Webster website at www.websterbank.com.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

RESIDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM -- APPLY TODAY!

NHS of New Haven is now accepting applications for our 2017 Resident Leadership Program! 


About the Resident Leadership Program: 
In March 2010, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven launched its Building Leaders, Building Communities: Resident Leadership Program. The program was an essential element of the training and education component of our Neighborhood Revitalization Institute.

Based on a curriculum developed in conjunction with our national partner, NeighborWorks®America, the program consists of five units. The primary goals of this program are to transfer concrete leadership skills to New Haven residents, create a space for participants to share their experiences with one another and increase their sense of being agents of change. One key to achieving these goals starts with the fundamental belief that participants and the communities they represent are assets. Oftentimes leadership programs are built to fill in the “missing gaps” in emerging leaders rather than to hone the strengths they already possess or allow time to build confidence and skills. This program aims to change that paradigm.

We are pleased to be able to offer a new round of workshops for this year's program, and they are:

Building Leaders, Building Communities Curriculum

March 28, 2017: Art and Science of Leadership
April 4, 2017: Mapping Community Assets
April 18, 2017: Understanding Power for Community Change
May 2, 2017: Planning Successful Campaigns
May 9, 2017: Leading Great Meetings

Participants must attend at least four of the workshops listed above in order to receive a NeighborWorks Certificate. Sessions will be held from 6pm-8pm at NHS of New Haven. Dinner will be provided at 5:30pm. 

HOW TO APPLY:
There are a number of options you can utilize when applying for our Resident Leadership Program. The application, as well as $20 registration fee, is due by March 14, 2017:

1) Click this link and fill out the online form. Save the document on your computer and then email to cgibbs@nhsofnewhaven.org

2) Click this link and print the application. Then mail to 333 Sherman Avenue, New Haven, CT 06614 (ATTN: Chandel Gibbs). Application must be received by March 14, 2017

3) If you do not have access to a computer, feel free to stop by our offices during normal business hours to pick one up and fill it out in person. 


Past Facilitators:

Stephen Cremin-Endes Director of Community Building and Organizing, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven 
Lee Cruz Community Outreach Director, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Velma Geroge Neighborhood Specialist, the City of New Haven's Livable City Initiative 
Erik Johnson former Director of the City of New Haven's Livable City Initiative
James Paley Executive Director, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven
Sarah Parmenter Senior Specialist, Community Building Program at NeighborWorks America
Leslie Radcliffe New Haven Civilian Review Board member, NHS of New Haven Board member
Stacy Spell President, West River Neighborhood Services Corporation