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2nd Annual 5K Run for Shelter
Are you running? The Second R-BAR Run for Shelter 5K is on October 9th! Register today here!
We’re so proud to be a part of this wonderful 5K! Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Berks County and NHS Greater Berks.

 

 

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PBS Community Corner Interview

Check out Stephen Gieringer, our executive director on PBS’s Community Corner interview here!

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Greater Reading Chamber Alliance Interview

Our executive director, Steve Gieringer, had the pleasure to talk to the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance’s Karen Marsdale about 40 years of milestones for us here at Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks, Inc. Check out the interview now!

Women 2 Women 2021 Community Impact Award

Congratulations to Erika De La Mora from our team for receiving the 2021 Community Impact Award from the Women 2 Women Awards and Development workshop!

 

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U.S. Treasury Awards $1.25 Billion to CDFIs to Support Economic Relief in Underserved Communities Affected by COVID-19

Announcement Made by Vice President Harris Alongside Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, U.S. Senator Mark Warner, and U.S. Representative Maxine Waters

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today awarded $1.25 billion in COVID-19 relief funds to 863 community development financial institutions (CDFIs). The awards were announced today by Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House with Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen. The grants will be made through Treasury’s CDFI Rapid Response Program (CDFI RRP) and will provide necessary capital for CDFIs to respond to economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in underserved communities.

“In serving places that the financial sector historically hasn’t served well, CDFIs lift our whole economy up. We know that for every dollar injected into a CDFI, it catalyzes eight more dollars in private-sector investment, meaning that today’s announcement might lead to an additional $10 billion in investment,” said Secretary Janet Yellen. “The President and the Vice President ran on a very ambitious agenda – ‘Build Back Better,’ unwinding systemic racism, creating an economy that works for everyone. I believe this is what that looks like in practice. By channeling more capital into CDFIs, we are translating those ideals into reality.”

The CDFI RRP grant funds will be used to support eligible activities such as financial products, financial services, development services, and certain operational activities, and to enable CDFIs to build capital reserves and loan-loss reserves. The CDFI Fund designed the program to disburse the funds rapidly in light of the nationwide economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDFI RRP was authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

“These awards provide CDFIs with an unprecedented level of flexible capital to help distressed and underserved communities across the country take meaningful steps towards recovering from the debilitating economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CDFI Fund Director Jodie Harris. “CDFI RRP awards will enable CDFIs to help businesses keep their doors open, help families make ends meet, and help maintain important community facilities during this difficult time.”

CDFI RRP award recipients are headquartered in 48 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The award recipients include 58 organizations that committed to direct their awards to investments in Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian communities; they received a total of $54.6 million in awards.

In addition, 28 organizations that primarily serve Puerto Rico received $47.3 million in awards, and 90 minority depository institutions received a total of $133.9 million in awards.

CDFI RRP awards will reach a wide variety of low-income communities across the United States impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The awardees include CDFIs that serve rural, major urban, and minor urban markets. Primary geographic markets served by CDFI RRP awardees include:

Major urban areas: 339 organizations receiving $478.7 million in awards
Small urban areas: 277 organizations receiving $414.2 million in awards
Rural areas: 245 organizations receiving $353 million in awards
A CDFI can be a bank, credit union, loan fund, or venture capital fund. The CDFI RRP award recipients include:

Loan funds: 463 organizations receiving $571.3 million in awards
Credit unions: 244 organizations receiving $401.8 million in awards
Banking entities: 149 organizations receiving $267.1 million in awards
Venture capital funds: seven organizations receiving $9.4 million in awards
For more information about the CDFI Fund and its programs, please visit www.cdfifund.gov.

My Life Home Repair & Debt Consolidation Assistance Program

Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks (NHSGBI) now offers Home Repair and Debt Consolidation Assistance Second Mortgage Program for qualified low to moderate income residents of PA.

Here are some details!

  • 105% or lower of the Area Medium Income as assigned by 2021 HUD chart.
  • Funds may be used for any purpose within home repairs and debt consolidation parameters.
  • Designed to provide cash flow relief due to COVID 19 quarantine challenges.

Get started today with this program to help you by filling out the form here!

We Are Certified!

We are officially certified by the Office of Housing Counseling (OHC)! ALL of our housing counselors have passed the housing counseling certification exam and are now HUD certified housing counselors in compliance with the Housing Counselor Certification Final Rule. Read more about this wonderful accomplishment below!

 

We’re making an impact in our community!

Here’s the impact we’ve humbly made within our community with our continued mission to facilitate and provide affordable housing programs and initiatives.

A New Experience When You Call!

In our effort to better serve you and provide a quality customer experience, we’ve upgraded our greetings! Check them out and let us know what you think! AND, better yet, give us a call today to find out how we can help with our home buying class that’s absolutely FREE!

Account & Payment Portal Now LIVE!

It brings us great pleasure to announce that our Web Portal is now live! Go HERE to view your account information and make payments 24/7!

 

To access your account, you’ll need two things:

  • Your loan number (in your statements that were mailed in December of 2020) and,
  • A PIN number, which is the last 4 digits of your SSN. If you cannot remember it, you may choose to reset your password online. Neither NHS nor the Servicing Department will ever reset anyone’s PIN.

 

You may make your payment via ACH, EFT, credit and debit.

  • If you are sending payment via credit and debit, there is a processing fee of 2.49% of your payment + $0.25 that you will be charged along with your payment. If your payment was $50.00, 2.49% = $1.25 + $0.25 = $1.50 to pay online. Surcharge will depend on payment amount being made.
  • If you are setting up ACH via the web portal, you will be charged a surcharge of $0.50 in addition to your payment.