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News and Events

Kwal Primes Paint The Town For Success

05/21/14 at 03:18 PM | by Jillian Hanes

Neighborhood Housing Services’ Paint The Town™ is only 2 weeks away! Paint has already been distributed to the teams, and soon Boise’s Bench will be spattered with freshly painted and revitalized homes.  As we prepare to pick up our brushes and rollers, we can’t help but be thankful for our paint supplier and event sponsor – Kwal Paint – that helps make this community event possible. 

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NHS AmeriCorps VISTA Participates in Idaho@Play

05/14/14 at 01:45 PM | by Jillian Hanes

In honor of Idaho AmeriCorps Week, May 3-10th, Neighborhood Housing Services AmeriCorps VISTA member, Emily Pohlman, joined 7 other members from around the valley last week to paint animal tracks and activity courts with kids from the Davis Park neighborhood for Idaho@Play.

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Paint The Town –Ready to Paint and Party

05/09/14 at 02:08 AM | by Jillian Hanes

Paint The Town™ is less than one month away, and we are so excited to bring back our original design – focusing our revitalization efforts in a few neighborhoods and reintroducing our Block Party! Saturday, June 7, 2014 marks Neighborhood Housing Services’ 32nd annual Paint The Town™ event, and by going back to our roots we hope to a) create an even larger and lasting impact within neighborhoods in the community, and b) encourage more camaraderie between the teams.

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Paint, Eat, Give with NHS

04/30/14 at 09:22 AM | by Jillian Hanes

Come celebrate Idaho Gives with Neighborhood Housing Services! This Thursday, May 1st, there will be events all over the Treasure Valley in celebration of this special day, and we have two opportunities where you can give to our non-profit while you are out enjoying the festivities. Join us at Bricolage Art Gallery in downtown Boise for some crafty activities and Texas Roadhouse in Nampa for some tasty barbeque!

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ACAR Gives To Idaho In A Big Way

04/25/14 at 03:40 PM | by Jillian Hanes

As we gear up for Idaho Gives on May 1st, Neighborhood Housing Services would like to thank all of our amazing teams and sponsors who make Paint The Town™ possible. This month we want to recognize Ada County Association of REALTORS® for its long-time, exemplary support of our affordable housing programs and community volunteer events, including Paint The Town™. The bar has been set especially high for this year’s Paint The Town. ™ ACAR, one of the event’s sponsors, will have an impressive 9 volunteer teams painting homes this June – three more teams than they had in 2013.

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Ella's Story - A Paint The Town Success

04/16/14 at 09:11 AM | by Jillian Hanes

Ask any volunteer for the Neighborhood Housing Services program, Paint The Town, ™ and they will tell you how rewarding the experience is for them. It’s hard not to get emotional as you watch a senior or disabled homeowner’s face light up as they see the finished product of their freshly painted home. Over the past 31 years, we have seen many touching stories where this event has improved the quality of life of deserving people. And Ella’s story is one that exemplifies the purpose of Paint The Town™ – a story of neighbors and community members giving back to a hardworking, 88 year old woman when she could not physically or financially paint her home.

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Get Ready to Give, Idaho

04/09/14 at 12:53 PM | by Jillian Hanes

Did you know that Idaho is the 6th most charitable state in the U.S.? According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Idahoans give 6.4% of our discretionary income to charities, and you have the opportunity to make a difference in your favorite program and to maintain this distinguished ranking by participating in Idaho Gives.

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NHS Builds Affordable Homes in Convenient Locations

04/04/14 at 12:16 PM | by Jillian Hanes

A recent study of development trends in the West shows that Boise residents “want more housing options in neighborhoods where they can walk to schools, parks, shops and other everyday destinations.” Neighborhood Housing Services’ newest program, Single Family Home Development, responds to your housing needs by providing new, affordable homes on close-in property.

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Paint The Town Sponsors in the Spotlight

03/19/14 at 01:35 PM | by Jillian Hanes

With Paint The Town™ right around the corner, Neighborhood Housing Services would like to recognize this year’s sponsors. Their financial and in-kind donations ensure that this annual community event continues – allowing NHS staff and thousands of volunteers to serve low- to moderate-income homeowners, many of them senior and disabled, who are unable to maintain their homes.

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NHS Highlights Acquisition & Rehabilitation Program

02/28/14 at 12:20 PM | by Jillian Hanes

You may be familiar with our annual community volunteer events, Paint The Town™ and Rake Up Boise™, but did you know that Neighborhood Housing Services has an Acquisition and Rehabilitation of Single Family Homes Program too?

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NHS Recognizes Loan Processor Assistant

01/27/14 at 02:10 PM

Neighborhood Housing Services is happy to acknowledge, Holly Green, our Loan Processor Assistant who joined the organization in April 2013.

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The Lightfoot Foundation Awards NHS Funds for Acquisition/Rehabilitation

01/27/14 at 02:02 PM

Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) has received a $20,000 grant from The Lightfoot Foundation to fund our Acquisition and Rehabilitation of single family homes program – an important sector of NHS’ full affordable housing continuum.

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NHS Welcomes 3 New Staff Members

01/08/14 at 09:54 AM | by Jillian Hanes

Neighborhood Housing Services is happy to welcome 3 new staff members to our organization. Bob Shepard, Director of Development; Evelina Bennett, Accountant; and Jillian Hanes, Grant Development Specialist have all joined NHS within the past 3 months.

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NHS Single Family Development Has Begun!

01/06/14 at 02:54 PM

NHS is happy to announce that we have broken ground on our first two single family lots in Garden City. The lots are in Bluestar Subdivision near the Boise River, greenbelt, and Veteran’s Memorial Park.

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265 Items of Warm Clothing Given to Kids at NHS Communities

12/31/13 at 03:13 PM

In December 2013, Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) and Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU) held a Warm Clothing Drive for kids living at NHS Communities, including Davis Park, Stewart Avenue, Northwest Pointe and Gateway Crossing in Nampa.

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NHS to Participate in Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge

12/06/13 at 08:56 AM

Neighborhood Housing Services is a proud participant of the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge again this year, a donation campaign provided by the Home Partnership Foundation. Housing organizations from around the state of Idaho will compete for challenge grant funds between December 10th to 31st. Grants are awarded based on the number of unique donors who contribute over $25 online during this time frame. There are also many other ways to achieve grants, including early bird, daily drawings and greatest weekly effort awards.

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NHS Goes Green

11/01/13 at 08:12 AM

Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) has recently committed to work towards the NeighborWorks America Green Organization designation. The designation recognizes NeighborWorks network members who incorporate healthy and sustainable principles into every facet of their operations and throughout their lines of business. As of this fall, NHS is considering green standards in its operations and single family construction plans and has already started to include green recommendations and materials for homeownership counseling participants and residents of its affordable housing properties.

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NHS CEO Graduates from Harvard Achieving Excellence Program

10/30/13 at 07:57 AM

Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) CEO, Joe Swenson, recently graduated from the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence in Community Development program, sponsored in collaboration with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The 18-month performance-driven program trains outstanding leaders and promotes innovation in affordable housing and community development.

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NHS Awarded CDFI Funds for Mortgage Lending

09/30/13 at 02:13 PM

Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) has been notified that the U. S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund selected NHS Lending Inc. for an award through the FY 2013 CDFI Program. The award of $600,000 provides substantial support to grow our program that offers mortgage loans to qualified low- to moderate income families and individuals. NHS Lending provides flexibility that is not available from conventional lenders, paving the way to homeownership for those who would otherwise not be able to buy a home.

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NHS Counseling Program Can Help Homebuyers Qualify for FHA’s “Back to Work” Lending Program

09/09/13 at 12:06 PM

On August 15, 2013, FHA HUD introduced guidelines for is “Back to Work” lending program that will open the doors to otherwise ineligible FHA borrowers.

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Bank of America Continues Its Support to NHS

08/20/13 at 10:30 AM

Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) has received a $7,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to fund the operations of its affordable housing services, which promote sustainable homeownership. For almost ten years, Bank of America has provided vital support to NHS programs, including Homebuyer Education, Foreclosure Prevention, Mortgage Lending and community revitalization events.

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NHS Welcomes 2 Americorps VISTAs

08/16/13 at 12:34 PM

Neighborhood Housing Services is excited to have Marie Conway and Emily Pohlman joining our staff for one year VISTA assignments. The Americorps VISTA program is federally funded to provide capacity building support to nonprofit organizations working to eliminate poverty.

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Paint The Town 2013 Report Available

08/14/13 at 03:47 AM

Paint The Town™ 2013 was a great success and Neighborhood Housing Services is excited to share the highlights of the great community impact this program has made in the Treasure Valley. On June 8th, 65 teams painted 58 homes, volunteering over 7200 hours in order to complete the revitalization projects.

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U.S. Bancorp Foundation Donates $11,000 to NHS

08/08/13 at 01:54 PM

Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) received an $11,000 general operating grant from U.S. Bancorp Foundation to support its affordable housing programs and outreach events. NHS appreciates U.S. Bancorp Foundation for its continued commitment to the success of NHS programs and improving Idaho communities.

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NHS CEO Joe Swenson Joins the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative

07/01/13 at 03:43 PM

The Idaho Nonprofit Center is pleased to announce the successful launch of The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative 2013. Generously supported by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the program supports and celebrates nonprofit organizations in the Treasure Valley that are in growth phases and seeking tools and resources to help ensure the sustainability of their organizations and missions.

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