NEW BRITAIN - Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain Inc. has provided a hand up to low- and moderate-income families with access to affordable housing for the past 40 years.
This can be seen with the recent ribbon cutting on a new two-family residence on Beaver street for a family who immigrated to the city.
“We will teach your family the steps you need to take to achieve home ownership, and counsel you through the process, all for free,” stated John W. Kukulka, executive director. A free, three-hour financial literacy class on money and credit is available, along with a class on how to be a landlord.
“This is important, because for some, getting rental income is how they can close the gap between what they earn and what their mortgage costs,” said Kukulka.
Other services the organization offers are help with foreclosures that still happen, albeit at a lesser rate. Rosa Rivera, manager of the counseling and education program at NHSNB, has nearly 20 years of experience helping people to buy or save their home. She counsels people in English and Spanish.
“Come to us as soon as you get that layoff notice, or the big health bill, rather than waiting until the day before your court appearance for foreclosure,” she said.
Maria Rosiello, who also is bilingual, will do free workshops or mini-workshops for your staff or members at a variety of locations, times and different group sizes.
Classes and counseling in Polish and Arabic are also available throughout the region through partnerships.
From its 233 Broad St. location in the heart of the Little Poland neighborhood, NHSNB also owns, manages and builds affordable rental housing. It is currently working with residents in the Arch Street area and the North Oak neighborhoods to help realize those areas’ goals.
NHSNB is about to offer a six-part gardening workshop series. Special 40th-anniversary funds allow scholarship funding for anyone that wants to participate. Please call to register in advance.
NHSNB will celebrate its 40th anniversary, along with NeighborWorks America, of which they are a charter member, at a festive event on Oct. 18.
In the future, NHSNB hopes to buy and renovate an historic factory site on Arch Street. It is also looking at three other sites in New Britain and Bristol.
For more information, sign up for the quarterly newsletter at www.nhsnb.org , or call NHSNB at 860-224-2433.