WHAT'S HAPPENING AT NHSSA
NHSSA is constantly working in the community to help families through the housing cycle. We love highlighting those success stories, plus we want to keep you up to date with the latest housing industry news.
NHSSA Continues its Mission with Valuable Grants from Partners
Next year, Neighborhood Housing Services San Antonio will be celebrating 40 years of service to the community. And while the staff and board members continue to work to fulfill the organization's mission each day, they all note that a critical component to success is working with their partners.
“We want to build quality homes for our clients in the same neighborhoods where their families and friends live and work, at a price they can afford,” stated Christopher Sanchez, NHSSA’s Executive Director. “We couldn't make that vision a reality without our banking and nonprofit partners. They help us fund our homebuyers classes. They provide down payment assistance grants for our families and they help us sustain our internal resources. So when we receive grants like we recently have from the Truist Foundation, Wells Fargo and Bank of America, we can't say thank you often enough.”
May First Time Homebuyer Classes are Full - Next Classes Set for June 28, June 29
NHSSA is excited to announce that we will return to a live, in-person, class at our Homeownership Center in the month of May. The May class is already sold – out so we are encouraging everyone to sign up early for the June Homebuyer Education Class. After being forced to pivot to a virtual classroom environment during the pandemic, we are happy to welcome our students back to our homeownership center for a live classroom setting. We will continue to practice safe social distancing and therefore, we must limit the number of participants that can safely fit into our classroom. Masks will be optional, but highly encouraged.
With a sold out May class schedule, NHSSA is encouraging you to sign up early for the next First Time Homebuyers Classes will be held on June 28 and June 29. Each class runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. To earn your certificate, you must attend both nights.
Enrollment for the June class will open the last week of May through our website.
Partner Spotlight: Broadway Bank
Click on the photo to see slide show from inside the Bundy remodeling project.
NHSSA recently held an open house to celebrate the successful completion of our first renovated home – under a generous grant we received from The City of San Antonio. The funds are made possible from funding that comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – more commonly referred to as the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Although, the home was already slated for sale to a family earning under 80% of the area median income, NHSSA took the opportunity to open up the home to the public for 2 purposes:
To demonstrate the quality of our renovation efforts and display the pride of our finished product
More importantly, we wanted to welcome the various community partners that contribute to make our projects a success
An important and long-standing partner, Broadway Bank, was in attendance; represented by Jacob Cavazos. It was nice to catch up with Mr. Cavazos and other NHSSA Supporters who stopped by throughout the day to show their support. Broadway Bank continues to provide funding on an annual basis, to help us continue our mission of “building successful families and communities through housing opportunities”
“We certainly cannot continue to do this important housing development work without the generosity of partners like Broadway Bank,” stated NHSSA Executive Director, Christopher Sanchez. "We were very happy with the turnout and it gave us an opportunity to reconnect with everyone, who we have not had the opportunity to see very often during the pandemic."
NHSSA Updates its Website
Neighborhood Housing Services of San Antonio Texas (NHSSA) is always searching for ways to enhance its service to customers and so the organization recently updated its website. In addition to an all-new look on the landing page, the website has increased the number of pages to help make specific services easier to find and read about. A group of icons was added to the front page to help streamline navigating the entire site. The goal is to get visitors to the location they need in two clicks or less. Take a look and send us any feedback you might have by using the "Contact" form at the website.
Meet Grace Garcia, NHSSA Finance and Operation Manager and Rosanne Lopez, Servicing & Program Assistant
There are a few NHSSA employees who have long tenured service with NHSSA and their experience has been tremendously helpful to the newest hires for the organization. Grace Garcia (left), Finance and Operation Manager, is nearing the 25-year service mark and Rosanne Lopez (right), Servicing and Program Assistant, has almost eight years of service.
Both Grace and Rosanne have worked in various areas of the organization. Grace has experience with payroll, contracts, mortgage accounting and was the executive assistant to the CFO. Rosanne previously served as the construction assistant making sure all the paperwork associated with NHSSA new or rehab home projects were properly handled.
Currently, Grace oversees loan servicing and provides assistance with accounting tasks and construction administration paperwork. Rosanne receives and posts payments, handles tax and insurance documents on new loans, makes collection calls, sends out client statements each month and helps resolve maintenance requests as they come in.
"The majority of our clients are low- to moderate-income, and many have a hard time speaking to lenders who are not bilingual," Grace explained. "So, they will turn to NHSSA for assistance and we are able to communicate to their lender on their behalf. One client almost lost her home because she didn't understand the letters she was receiving from her lender. Fortunately, I was able to connect with the lender, arrange for a payment schedule and within a few weeks, our client received word that the lien on her home had been released. That was a happy day for a lot of people. Overall, I'd say our work in the community is very rewarding and many people are not shy about telling us how much they appreciate NHSSA for making their dream of owning a home come true."