Quarterly Newsletter  
January - March 2017
Issue 1

In July 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to a crowd of 35,000 supporters at Chicago’s Soldier Field to start a new phase in the fight for equality: quality, affordable housing in Chicago and cities across the country.  Dr. King called on local politicians and business lenders to end discriminatory lending, clean up slums, rehabilitate decrepit public housing and increase the supply of low-cost housing.  The rally was part of the Chicago Freedom Movement.  This served as inspiration for a generation of housing activists

Since 1980, NHSW’s mission is to revitalize communities through an inclusive approach by providing quality affordable housing, advancing community development initiatives, and fostering financial education, self-sufficiency and vibrant neighborhoods.  Dr. King’s vision could not have been successful without his supporters.  Our work is not possible without your support.   

Because of you, residents are able to attend workshops to strengthen their leadership skills and advocate for their neighborhoods. 

Because of you, first-time homebuyers acquire the knowledge necessary to purchase and maintain their home.

Because of you, Mascoli Manor is a quintessential example of quality, affordable housing. 

We look forward to your continued support in 2017- making sure that Home Matters for all! Thank you!

Respecfully,
Kevin Taylor and Team
LITTLE HOUSES BIG DREAMS

NHSW and Liberty Bank, Premier Sponsor, invite you to the  1st Annual Home Matters Dinner & Benefit, March 16th. 

This unique fundraising dinner will showcase the NHSW Design Challenge - participants, CT Award-winning Architects, have committed to designing, building and donating Doll Houses to be showcased during the dinner. To view photos of some of thier progress thus far, click here.

Our participants are extremely excited for this opportunity to build "outside the box." These are not your average Doll Houses - you will be surprised by each particpant's interpretation of the NHSW Design Challenge. 

Be sure to reserve your tickets to the 1st Annual Home Matters Dinner & Benefit to view these unique Doll Houses and to raise funds for NHSW. A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit the home to be built at 22 Griggs Street, Waterbury.
March 16, 5:30 pm,
La Bella Vista, Waterbury

To  sponsor the event and/or purchase tickets  contact  Maybeth Morales-Davis  at 203.753.1896 x14.

Thanks for your support!

REAL-ESTATE DEVELOPMENT 
Our real-estate development efforts are underway. The homes at 933 Cooke Street and 54 Summer Street are scheduled to begin rehab this Spring. Volunteers are needed to assist with renovation projects on both of these homes. Also, the Adams Street Redevelopment Project is scheduled to begin construction in the Summer of 2017. 

Contact Eden Brown to volunteer or for more information, 203.753.1896.
DID YOU KNOW?

1. NHSW served 831 clients from 155 cities/towns throughout CT and 5 other states.

2. Raechel Guest, Executive Director, Silas Bronson Library, was recently voted as the NHSW President of the Board.

3. NHSW is seeking volunteers to serve on various committees that help support our programs. For more information, contact Maybeth Morales-Davis, 203.753.1896 x14.

4. NHSW is seeking sponsors to support the 1st Annual Home Matter Dinner & Benefit. Contact Maybeth Morales-Davis for more information, 203.753.1896 x14.

5. You can keep track of the progress from our Design Challenge participants here.

6. NHSW is active on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

7. When you shop Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to NHSW at no extra cost to you! Happy shopping!

UPCOMING EVENTS
BLACK HISTORY "GREAT MINDS" EVENT - February 1
Hosted by our Community Building & Engagement (CB&E) program, Youth Council members of Uplifting A Life, a local grassroots group, will discuss influential black inventors and show off their own great minds by sharing inventions of their own.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Walsh School, Waterbury,  2/1/17 (snow date: 2/8/17)
ION BANK FOUNDATION COMMUNITY AWARDS PROGRAM - February 1 -  March 31
NHSW will particpate in Ion Bank Foundation's 8th Annual Community Awards program - voting begins February 1st! Cast your vote for NHSW, February 1st through March 31st and, we will earn $25 for every entry! 

We look forward to your vote!
COFFEE WITH A COP - February 3


Hosted by our Community Building & Engagement (CB&E) program and the Waterbury Police Department, Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other.

Join us from 9:00 am - 11:00 am,  McDonalds (Chase Ave., Waterbury), 2/3/17.
THE 1st ANNUAL HOME MATTERS DINNER & BENEFIT - March 16


You won't want to miss this special  evening as one-of-a-kind Doll H ouses take the stage.  Meet the Doll House Architects  and vote for your favorite one! For more information, click here


March 16 , 5:30 p.m.
La Bella Vista, Waterbury

GIVE LOCAL GREATER WATERBURY & LITCHFIELD HILLS - April 25-26
SAVE-THE-DATE

NHSW is participating in Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills, this April 25-26.

This 36-hour online giving event unites donors, businesses, and organizations in giving back to NHSW and others. During the campaign, every dollar donated is stretched with bonus funds adding excitement and incentives while raising essential funds for the work of NHSW. Join us!
JOB OPENING

Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury is searching for a bilingual Homebuyer/Homeowner Counselor.

Please send your resume to Bonnie Volpe, 161 North Main Street, Waterbury, CT, 06702 or  bvolpe@nhswaterbury.org

Click here for more information.
GRANTS, AWARDS, RECOGNITIONS 
  • Connecticut Community Foundation: has awarded $9,000 towards Phase II of the Adams Street Redevelopment project.

  • Home Depot: has awarded $3,000 towards the rehabilitation of the home at 933 Cooke Street.

  • Wells Fargo: has awarded $10,000 towards the rehabilitation of the home at 933 Cooke Street.

  • Working Cities Challenge Grant: NHSW, application co-lead, along  with various entities, will submit a proposal to utilize a Two Generation lens and neighborhood focus to address the opportunity gap facing low income parents (especially women) of color by creating a system of targeted, coordinated supports including: education, workforce, childcare/enrichment, social connectedness and health to create a legacy of economic opportunity. Although this proposal has not yet been submitted, we look forward to collaborating with local partners on this project. 

Thank you!
UPCOMING HOMEBUYER EDUCATION CLASSES
February 9, March 9, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

January 25, February 22, March 22, 5:30 - 8:30 pm 

February 11, March 11, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

February 8, March 8, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

January 18, February 15, March 15, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

March 25, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Classes are FREE, SMALL & FRIENDLY and taught in our Waterbury office. 

Contact Bonnie Volpe for more information at 203.753.1869 x10. 


REGISTER TODAY!
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Liberty Bank, Premier Sponsor of the 1st Annual Home Matters Dinner & Benefit, was first chartered in 1825,  Liberty Bank is the oldest mutual bank in Connecticut! Today they serve more than 200,000 consumer and business households.  

To learn more about  Liberty Bank, click  here.
 

Comcast recently announced  Internet Essentials , the nation’s largest high-speed Internet program for low-income families, has connected 750,000 households to home Internet. That’s 3 million Americans that now have access to online banking, healthcare, job postings, and educational resources in their home.

As Internet Essentials partners, we are excited to be a part of this milestone.