June 2018
June is National Homeownership Month:
CHI Celebrates With Multiple Events Including Foreclosure Prevention Workshop on June 7th
During the month of June we celebrate National Homeownership Month, a time of year that highlights the importance of owning a home and the impact it has on the lives of families, neighborhoods and the nation’s economic health.

This year’s theme is National Homeownership Month 2018: Find Your Place. As a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, CHI has a number of events during the month of June, free to participants.

Tomorrow, June 7th, CHI is hosting a foreclosure prevention and mortgage assistance event for any client who has a mortgage with Wells Fargo or Ocwen Financial Corporation. This will take place from 11AM to 7PM at the Crowne Plaza at 66 Hale Avenue, White Plains, NY.

At this workshop, clients will have the opportunity to personally meet with a CHI Foreclosure Prevention Counselor and a Wells Fargo or Ocwen representative who will discuss your mortgage payment concerns and options. If you bring all necessary documentation, the lender may be able to provide onsite decision or potential options to lower mortgage payments. Clients may pre-register by following this link or may show up any time during the event. View Ocwen press release here.

Other Homeownership Events Include:

Wednesday, June 13th - First-Time Homebuyer Orientation - Yonkers Library Riverfront, Yonkers, NY

Wednesday, June 20th - First-Time Homebuyer Orientation - Citibank, Melville, NY

Friday, June 22nd - Networking Breakfast for Mortgage Lenders - Patchogue-Medford Library, Patchogue, NY

Tuesday, June 26th - Orientación de Subvención Gratuita para Compradores de Vivienda - Greenburgh Biblioteca Pública - Elmsford, NY (Espanol)

CHI Employee Saves A Life
Rachel Hargrove-Smith, a house monitor with CHI since August, was excited when the agency offered free training in May for certification in the administration of naloxone.  The drug has saved thousands of lives, reversing the effects of opioid overdoses. But she never expected to use her training so quickly.

Just one week later, working the night shift at one of CHI’s Suffolk County small shelters for homeless single men, she decided to do a walk through.

“I’m a mother and sometimes you get a feeling that you have to check on your kids,” said Ms. Smith, who has a son and daughter. In one of the bedrooms she found a resident face down, not breathing and turning blue. 

“I thought it was a heroin overdose,” she said, “as there was a needle sticking out of his arm.”   Ms. Smith told a client to call 911 and says she immediately began chest compressions and sternum rub but he was unresponsive. That’s when she administered the naloxone, which goes by the brand name, NARCAN. By the time the ambulance came, the 50-year old resident was breathing on his own and able to speak.  After a trip to the hospital, he was back at the shelter the next day but was embarrassed to come out of his room. 

“He thanked me, apologized and we both cried,” said Smith, adding, “I love my job.” 

The mother of two actually works two jobs—full time with CHI on the night shift at the shelter and as a certified nursing assistant at two nursing homes during the day.  Her husband has a small business tiling and heating and air conditioning.  Her son just graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a degree in criminal justice and has passed the exam to become a New York City police officer. Her daughter graduates high school this year with honors and will begin classes at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie in August. Ms. Smith herself hopes to go to college herself one day and become a case manager,  “I just like helping people.”
THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 ~ 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Leonard's Palazzo, 555 Northern Blvd, Great Neck, NY

Honoring Freedom Mortgage,TMC Group of Companies and
CHI Hero Attorney Randolph McLaughlin
Government cuts have made your assistance more vital than ever. Your financial support enables CHI to meet the increased need for housing and services, especially to the children of our communities. 

Community Housing Innovations, Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing housing and human services that support social and economic independence.

With offices in White Plains, Patchogue and Hempstead