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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Meet the Instructor -- Chris Schweitzer!

NHS of New Haven is proud to announce our Inaugural Environmental Leadership Series! 

Learn about the environment and your neighborhood, connect with useful resources and people, and aspire to create your own environmental projects.

This year's workshops are as follows:

June 13, 2017: Climate, Health, and Neighborhoods
June 20, 2017: Home Energy-Efficiency, Going Solar, and Other Renewable Solutions
July 11, 2017: Planning a Project
July 18, 2017: Water in Your Home and Neighborhood
August 1, 2017: Talking Trash, Managing Waste, and Greening Neighborhood Spaces
August 8, 2017: Transportation Matters and Project Showcase


Chris Schweitzer will be facilitating our first Climate, Health, and Neighborhoods!

 



Chris is the Director of New Haven Leon Sister City Project, an organization that promotes education and sustainable development in Nicaragua and New Haven.  

His previous work included community organizing, human rights, youth leadership development, public health, and homeless support.











APPLY TODAY!!

Participants must attend at least five of the workshops listed above. 
Sessions will be held from 6pm-8pm at NHS of New Haven. Dinner will be provided. 


The application, as well as $20 registration fee, is due by June 6, 2017!



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

PRESS RELEASE -- NHS ANNOUNCES ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP SERIES!



For Immediate Release
May 23, 2017
Media Inquiries: Maria Perez-Martinez | 475-227-0530 | mmartinez@nhsofnewhaven.org


NHS OF NEW HAVEN ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL
ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP SERIES

SIX-WORKSHOP SERIES TO BEGIN JUNE 2017

New Haven, CT — Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven (NHS), revitalizing neighborhoods for more than 37 years, announced today the launch of their inaugural Environmental Leadership Program. The program is designed to offer New Haven residents the opportunity to learn about the environmental impact on their neighborhoods, and aspire to create environmental projects to better their homes and neighborhoods.

Through a six-workshop series, participants will cover subjects such as climate change, energy-efficiency, storm water management, waste reduction, and the benefits and challenges of sustainable transportation options. In addition, each participant will learn the basics of planning community-based projects, identifying funding resources, and examine outreach and community engagement strategies that will ensure their project’s success. 

Admission for the six-part series is open to all New Haven residents, or participants willing to create a project within New Haven. A $20 fee covers the cost of all classes as well as a pre-workshop networking dinner. Scholarships are available upon request.

“In 2012, the United States Green Building Council awarded our Home Improvement and Energy Conservation Laboratory the highest level of certification, LEED® PLATINUM,” said NHS of New Haven Executive Director Jim Paley. “Since that time, a core tenet of NHS’ mission has been focused on the environmental impacts on New Haven’s neighborhoods and residents. By offering home improvement workshops, winter gardening classes, and laboratory tours, we strive to serve as a leader in environmental and energy-efficiency awareness.”

“The goal of this series is to highlight the myriad of ways in which everything is connected,” remarked Deputy Director of NHS’ Design and Construction department, Kathleen Fay. “Someone’s quality of life, the condition of their home, and the environment in their neighborhood are all related and each one other affects the other. Through these workshops, we hope to inspire residents to make active change within their neighborhoods and their lives – no matter how small – by stimulating their creativity and ability to see opportunities for change.” 


The series will begin June 13, 2017 and offer two workshops in June, July, and August.  Workshops will be held at NHS of New Haven's campus on Sherman Avenue. All participants must apply by June 6, 2017. Further information can be found at www.nhsofnewhaven.org.


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, May 22, 2017

Meet the Instructor: Doug Hausladen!

NHS of New Haven is proud to announce our Inaugural Environmental Leadership Series! 

Learn about the environment and your neighborhood, connect with useful resources and people, and aspire to create your own environmental projects.

This year's workshops are as follows:

June 13, 2017: Climate, Health, and Neighborhoods
June 20, 2017: Home Energy-Efficiency, Going Solar, and Other Renewable Solutions
July 11, 2017: Planning a Project
July 18, 2017: Water in Your Home and Neighborhood
August 1, 2017: Talking Trash, Managing Waste, and Greening Neighborhood Spaces
August 8, 2017: Transportation Matters and Project Showcase


Doug Hausladen will be facilitating our sixth workshop on Transportation!

 

Doug Hausladen serves as the Director of the Transportation, Traffic & Parking (TT&P) Department for the City of New Haven and the Acting Executive Director of the New Haven Parking Authority (PNH). He was appointed to his position by Mayor Toni Harp for a four-year term beginning on February 1st, 2014. Prior to that time, he was twice-elected to the Board of Alders in New Haven representing the 7th Ward in Downtown. As Director of TT&P he is charged with the maintenance and safe operation of the City’s traffic signals and signs, on-street parking meters, parking enforcement, fair adjudication of parking ticket appeals, and school crossing guards in addition to transportation planning. As Acting ED of PNH he manages over $24Million in revenues earned by over 8,500 off-street parking spaces including 18 surface lots and 6 parking structures, including New Haven’s historic Union Station. Mr. Hausladen comes to the public sector from a transportation advocacy and activism background with professional experiences in real estate management, entrepreneurship, and public health. Mr. Hausladen was born and raised on the Northern Kentucky side of Cincinnati, OH and graduated from Yale University with a degree in molecular biophysics & biochemistry. Outside of work he proudly serves on the board of the New Haven Diaper Bank and is celebrating his 10th year as head coach of the Yale Water Polo program.




APPLY TODAY!!

Participants must attend at least five of the workshops listed above. 
Sessions will be held from 6pm-8pm at NHS of New Haven. Dinner will be provided. 


The application, as well as $20 registration fee, is due by June 6, 2017!



Friday, May 19, 2017

Meet the Instructor! Maritza Estremera

NHS of New Haven is proud to announce our Inaugural Environmental Leadership Series! 

Learn about the environment and your neighborhood, connect with useful resources and people, and aspire to create your own environmental projects.

This year's workshops are as follows:

June 13, 2017: Climate, Health, and Neighborhoods
June 20, 2017: Home Energy-Efficiency, Going Solar, and Other Renewable Solutions
July 11, 2017: Planning a Project
July 18, 2017: Water in Your Home and Neighborhood
August 1, 2017: Talking Trash, Managing Waste, and Greening Neighborhood Spaces
August 8, 2017: Transportation Matters and Project Showcase


Maritza Estremera will be facilitating our second workshop on "Home Energy Efficiency"!


Maritza Estremera is a program administrator for United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas managing the Home Energy Solutions-Income Eligible program. She currently holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership from Post University, a Bachelor’s of Science with a concentration in Finance from Post University, and an Associates in Science with a concentration in Marketing from Housatonic Community College.

She has worked with the Utility Companies in the energy conservation realm for the past seven years. She currently serves as a board member on the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Bridgeport and Institute of Effective Governance out of New Haven. 

She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading during her spare time.




APPLY TODAY!!

Participants must attend at least five of the workshops listed above. 
Sessions will be held from 6pm-8pm at NHS of New Haven. Dinner will be provided. 


The application, as well as $20 registration fee, is due by June 6, 2017!



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Join Us! May 17, 2017 -- 11AM

We hope you can join us at a Ribbon Cutting for a new homeowner in Newhallville! 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
11AM - 1PM
944 Sherman Avenue, New Haven, CT 

All Are Welcome!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Meet the Instructor! Kendall Barbery!

NHS of New Haven is proud to announce our Inaugural Environmental Leadership Series! 

Learn about the environment and your neighborhood, connect with useful resources and people, and aspire to create your own environmental projects.

This year's workshops are as follows:

June 13, 2017: Climate, Health, and Neighborhoods
June 20, 2017: Home Energy-Efficiency, Going Solar, and Other Renewable Solutions
July 11, 2017: Planning a Project
July 18, 2017: Water in Your Home and Neighborhood
August 1, 2017: Talking Trash, Managing Waste, and Greening Neighborhood Spaces
August 8, 2017: Transportation Matters and Project Showcase


Kendall Barbery will be facilitating our fourth workshop on "Water in Your Home"!




Kendall works to restore Long Island Sound by reducing runoff in urban watersheds throughout Connecticut and eastern New York. She facilitates watershed planning efforts and oversees green infrastructure planning, design, and construction as a project manager at Save the Sound—a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment. In New Haven, she builds rain gardens and bioswales that reduce stormwater runoff and combined sewer overflows—helping to keep the restore West River for people and wildlife. Kendall holds a Masters of Environmental Science in social ecology and water resources from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2014), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art, magna cum laude, from James Madison University (2004), and she is an active member of the West River Watershed Coalition.





APPLY TODAY!!

Participants must attend at least five of the workshops listed above. 
Sessions will be held from 6pm-8pm at NHS of New Haven. Dinner will be provided. 


The application, as well as $20 registration fee, is due by June 6, 2017!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Date Change -- Multicultural Festival!


Rain Date! Festival Date is Now May 20th!
MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL UPDATE!
Due to the impending rain this weekend, our 8th Annual Multicultural Festival: Celebrating Women & Girls in S.T.E.A.M! will be held on 
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 from 12PM-4PM
 
We hope you can join us for this exciting event! We invite families and children of all ages to explore hands-on activities, lively games, and inspirational performers geared toward highlighting professional women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
 
Admission is free and includes games, food, and activities.
 


Monday, May 8, 2017

Childhood Lead Poisoning Focus Group

written by Chandel Gibbs, NHS Community Building & Organizing Specialist


On Wednesday, April 26th the Connecticut Department of Public Health hosted a Childhood Lead Poisoning Focus Group at Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven.  The target demographic for this focus group was African-American renters, moms, and caregivers of children under 6 years old. 

According to the Center for Disease and Control and Prevention, there is an estimated 434,000 children from ages 1 to 5 years old with lead poisoning, currently defined as a blood lead level greater than 10 ug/dl (micrograms per deciliter). Lead is most harmful to children under age six because it is easily absorbed into their growing bodies, and interferes with the developing brain and other organs and systems. According to recent studies, African-American children are five times more likely to have lead poisoning than white children. About 22% of African-American children living in pre-1964 housing have lead poisoning.

The number of lead poisoned children in Connecticut has gone down over the years, and the Department of Public Health has been focusing their efforts on preventing children from being exposed to lead. 

The purpose of the focus group was to receive input and feedback from participants on conducting effective campaigns around the issue of childhood lead poisoning, and to educate their target demographic about preventing early childhood lead poisoning. The Department of Public Health has held a number of focus groups over the years to ensure that the general public is aware of preventative measures to prevent lead poisoning, with a focus on cleaning methods to eliminate lead dust in the home. 

For more information on ways to prevent lead poisoning, please visit: www.ct.gov/dph/lead

Friday, May 5, 2017

PRESS RELEASE! NEWHALLVILLE RIBBON CUTTING!



For Immediate Release
May 4, 2017
Media Inquiries: Maria Perez-Martinez, 475-227-0530, mmartinez@nhsofnewhaven.org


RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE NEWHALLVILLEHOMEOWNER RETURNING TO HER CHILDHOOD HOME

WELLS FARGO AWARDS $150,000 IN PRIORITY MARKETS GRANT TO NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES OF NEW HAVEN

New Haven, CT — Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, positioning neighborhoods to succeed since 1979, announced today that they will host a ribbon cutting on one of their recently renovated properties thanks to a generous $150,000 Priority Markets Grant from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.. As a partner with Wells Fargo, NHS of New Haven increases its ability to succeed at its mission, which includes affordable housing development, assisting first-time homebuyers, offering trainings on in-home maintenance and energy-efficiency, and extensive resident engagement.

Kent McClun, Wells Fargo Area President for Greater Connecticut, will speak alongside Jim Paley, NHS Executive Director, in front of a newly rehabilitated home at 944 Sherman Avenue in Newhallville. Homebuyer, Robyn Handy, will be in attendance to cut the ribbon to her childhood home. Robyn was raised in the home as a teenager, but after the passing of her father, her family was forced to sell the property. Robyn is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to re-purchase her family home!

“We could think of no better location to receive our award from Wells Fargo,” said Bridgette Russell, Managing Director of NHS’ HomeOwnership Center. “Robyn Handy’s parents were well-respected community members, her brother-in-law is an active minister in Newhallville, and her sister had an established dance studio in the city. This is truly the perfect example of the type of homeowner who will create real and lasting change as a resident of the Newhallville neighborhood.”

“Wells Fargo’s funding of Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven’s revitalization efforts clearly demonstrates the bank’s strong commitment to giving homeowners stunning and energy-efficient homes that will last for decades to come,” said NHS Executive Director James Paley. “We are proud to acknowledge this award, which is a strong reaffirmation of the bank’s support for our work in New Haven.”

“No matter where life takes us, there’s no place like home,” says Kent McClun.  I’m thrilled that Robyn will be able to return to the home she shared with her parents growing up, now as a homeowner and a community leader in her own right.  Days like today are a great reminder of the good things that can happen when the private and nonprofit sectors work together for the communities where we live and work.” 

The ribbon cutting and open house will be held on Wednesday, May 17 at 11AM in front of 944 Sherman Avenue in New Haven. Guests will be invited to take a tour of the home after the presentation is complete.

944 SHERMAN AVENUE (BEFORE AND AFTER)





Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven
Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven was incorporated in 1979 with a mission to revitalize selected neighborhoods in New Haven. Over time, our mission has evolved to focus 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. During the course of our 37-year history, NHS has fully renovated and sold more than 275 houses to low- and moderate-income families.
www.nhsofnewhaven.org

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified, community-based financial services company founded in 1852.  Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories.  With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three priorities: economic empowerment in underserved communities, advancing diversity and social inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
www.wellsfargo.com

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