The nonprofit Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, Inc. was recently awarded a $159,000 grant from NeighborWorks America to promote and preserve affordable housing for residents of Butler County, and create or sustain jobs through local NeighborWorks-supported projects.
Lorie DiStaola, executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services, said the grant will support the agency’s programs and services, including homebuyer education both pre- and post-purchase; foreclosure counseling; the acquisition and rehabbing of existing homes; and new construction of single-family homes and rental housing.
Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, Inc. — a network organization of NeighborWorks America — is one of eight recipients of the new neighborhood development grants across Ohio totaling $1.9 million.
“Ohio is on the frontline of the foreclosure crisis,” said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). “Foreclosures hurt the credit of American families, depress local property values, and weaken communities. These funds will help families stay in their homes and prevent further damage to Butler County neighborhoods.”
NeighborWorks America — a Congressionally-created partnership between community, public and private stakeholders — provides locally-driven community development and counseling to families facing the threat of foreclosure.
The agency helps to reduce the foreclosures that threaten neighborhoods and local economies; produce and manage affordable rental properties; and revitalize surrounding communities through a network of 240 community-based non-profit organizations.
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