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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 Moves First-Time Homebuyer Classes to Saturdays Next Class Set for October 22


Ready for your first home?


Each month, Neighborhood Housing Services of San Antonio holds its First-Time Homebuyer Classes, which now will be held on a Saturday. Our next class will be held Saturday, October 22 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. There are a limited number of slots per class so we would encourage you to sign up early!


Participants must attend the entire session in order to receive a certificate of completion.

You can learn more about the First-Time Homebuyer Classes here.

NHSSA Building New Homes on Channel View in Foster Meadows - On Sale this September

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NHSSA is constructing three new homes on Channel View (78222) which are being supported with funding from the City of San Antonio. Buyers must meet the following eligibility criteria to purchase:


  • have a household income of no more than 80% of the San Antonio Area Median Income, based on household size and income of all household members

  • be a first-time homebuyer or not have owned a home within the last 3 years

  • complete an approved first-time homebuyer education course (NHSSA can help enroll buyers in an approved course)


If you meet these criteria and would like to sign up for the opportunity to buy one of these homes, please contact us at, 210-533-6673, or visit and click on the link labeled “Yes! I’m interested in purchasing a home.”


When the homes are ready, we will contact individuals who have signed up on a first-come, first-served basis and provide them the opportunity to visit the home and make a purchase offer.


You can download the flyer by clicking this link.

Do You Qualify for NHSSA's Down Payment Assistance Program?

Neighborhood Housing Services of San Antonio (NHSSA) offers up to $20,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance for first-time homebuyers who meet program guidelines. NHSSA’s assistance is made in the form of a second mortgage that is paid down over time.


Saving for down payment and closing costs can be hard. Our program is designed to help first-time homebuyers responsibly achieve their dream of owning a home sooner. Here are some basic qualifying guidelines.


You will need to be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, and be first-time homebuyer or have not owned a home within the last 3 years. The home purchase will need to be in Bexar Count and the purchaser should have a minimum credit score of 580. Finally, you'll need to obtain a first lien with one of our participating lenders who will inform us of your down payment needs.


Contact for Down Payment Assistance

Patricia Sanchez - (210) 533-5573 ext. 306

Having Trouble Paying Your Mortgage?

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NHSSA has housing counselors ready to help homeowners facing delinquency or foreclosure. During a confidential counseling session, an NHSSA Housing Counselor will help you:


  • Identify your needs

  • Provide financial counseling

  • Support you with appropriate resources

  • Help work with your servicer

  • Create a plan of action


All counseling sessions are free. For more information, contact us:

Foreclosure Prevention/Post Purchase

Connie Mendez

HUD Certified Housing Counselor 
(210) 533-6673 ext. 302

Pre-Purchase/Homebuyer Education

Valorie Garcia

HUD Certified Housing Counselor

(210) 533-6673 ext. 304

Gene Bargas Appointed to Interim-Executive Director Position

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Gene Bargas has supported NHSSA objectives and programs for nearly 25 years as both a banking professional, board member and board chairman. Now, he will be leading the organization as its interim executive director while the board seeks a candidate to fill its top management position.


"My entire career has centered around affordable housing and I've always had a great relationship with NHSSA and appreciation for its mission of helping first-time home buying families," Bargas said. "So I know I'll be able to put my real estate, lending and home development experience to work for this great group of professionals and its clients. And I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Bargas has been a real estate broker over his career in the financial services industry working at various San Antonio area banks to include Broadway Bank. He became an NHSSA board member in 2012 serving two four-year terms on the board. He left the board due to rules on term limits but returned in 2021 as allowed by the organization's bylaws. 

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