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Working Together for Strong Communities
 

Looking Back on 2021!

Wow, what a whirlwind 2021 has been! It has been a tremendously busy year for Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham (NHSB). Though we have continued to be steadfast, working toward our mission to stabilize urban neighborhoods in the city of Birmingham by offering programs and services that empower individuals, like with our Healthy Housing Initiative (read more below) and our No Place Like Home Counseling Program, we also had to be flexible, and pivot when we saw the need to help our community members in a time of need (read more below). We are looking forward to 2022 and are holding onto a positive mindset that it will be a good year for all of us!  

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2022! Thank You for supporting NHSB!

In Gratitude,

Kelleigh Gamble

 
NHSB PROVIDED RENTAL AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY RESIDENTS DURING PANDEMIC
In June of this year, NHSB joined the Jefferson County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) as a community partner to help disburse $1,830,000 in much-needed funds to support community members impacted by COVID-19. (100% of funds were expended by September 30, 2021.) As a subgrantee, NHSB received $170,000 to cover administrative costs and quickly pivoted to develop systems to distribute these funds equitably and expeditiously which required additional technology, temporary employees/interns, and significant strategic planning. We were happy to provide over 500 community members with assistance during this difficult time.
 
HEALTHY HOUSING INITIATIVE

Through our Healthy Housing Initiative, Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham (NHSB), provides resources and repairs to low-income homeowners throughout Birmingham City and Jefferson County to improve the condition of their home and its major systems, including but not limited to roofs, HVAC system, electrical, plumbing, energy-related upgrades, and weatherization. The improvements made by HHI’s work create safer and healthier homes for families. NHSB ensures repairs and upgrades are effective and efficient through rigorous energy audits conducted by a third-party entity contracted by the City of Birmingham’s Office of Community Development.

NHSB is thankful to NeighborhoodWorks America, Canterbury Beeson Fund, Navigate HAT, Alabama Power, Truist Foundation, Daniel Foundation, and Walmart Community Foundation for providing us with funding to support our Healthy Housing Initiative. Below are a few before and after photos of our rehabs.
The pictures above show the before and after pictures of a remodel for one of our older Birmingham residents that included the installation of an accessible shower, ADA toilet, and new flooring. In addition to the bathroom remodel, the house also received a new roof, and replacement of rotting decking and framing.
 
MANY, MANY, MANY THANKS!

For nearly 40 years, Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham, Inc. (NHSB) has worked to give families the tools they need to emerge from poverty and achieve financial stability. 

At this time of year, we pause to appreciate all the generosity and blessings that we have received throughout 2021. We thank our staff, our partners, our clients, our funders, and we thank you for believing in us, for supporting us, and working together with us to create stronger communities within Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods. 

With your support over the years, we’ve been able to:
  • Provide housing stabilization services in 47 communities within Birmingham;
  • Educate 1,000 clients through homeownership workshops, resulting in 175 home purchases;
  • Facilitate homeownership for 138 clients;
  • Preserve homeownership for 74 clients;
  • Provide counseling and education services for 1,476 clients; 
  • Create $35 million dollars of new investment through 307 new home sales through NHSB’s NeighborhoodLIFT, a down payment assistance program in partnership with Wells Fargo Bank and NeighborWorks America; 
  • Divert over $3 million in foreclosures through our Foreclosure Prevention workshops; 
  • Rehabilitate 75 homes occupied by senior citizens;
  • Assist over 500 community members with rental and utility assistance.
Every donation, no matter the size, helps! We are continually grateful for your support!  https://nhsbham.org/donate/
 
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