a house painter holds a paint roller brush in front of a wall with the number 12 painted on it

NHSSF beautifies its 12th home in the Miami area

On April 12, NHSSF, along with its community partners, Home Depot and Grow Care Outdoor Solutions, beautified the twelfth home on its list of 45 homes that will receive exterior improvements.

The program was launched as part of NHSSF’s 45th Anniversary initiative. The goal is to support homeowners in the community with painting and gardening projects that contribute to keeping their homes -and their values- in good shape.

This was our second beautification in Little Havana, Commissioner Eileen Higgin’s district. It was a special day as Commissioner Eileen Higgin’s District Director, Melissa Ortiz presented proclamations to both Home Depot and Grow Care Outdoor Solutions.

Home Depot Team Captain Daniel Thomas and Regional Director Peter Martin were present to receive the proclamation. Grow Care Outdoor Solutions owners, Pedro Bofill and his partner were also present to receive the proclamation.

Home Depot volunteers not only painted Mr. Giron’s house but they also donated a mailbox, barbecue and lawn furniture. As always, Grow Care Outdoor Solutions did an amazing job landscaping the yard.

Click Here to learn more about NHSSF’s Beautification Program


Resilience Hub: A Community Conversation

NHSSF Resilience Hub: A Community Conversation

Dear Community Resident

Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) is developing two community-serving resilience hubs, incorporating solar and clean energy, in South Florida to augment existing support and services to its customers in the surrounding neighborhoods. These Resilience Hubs aim to increase social, health and economic outcomes and enhance the quality of life for South Florida’s most vulnerable residents and communities. As a valued partner and local resident, NHSSF would like to invite and encourage you to attend, participate, and contribute to this community transformative initiative at its “Resilient Hub: Community Conversations” on Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at House of God Miracle Temple, located at 1425 N.W. 59th Street, Miami, Florda 33142.  Your insight and perspective are invaluable to help shape this and future community-focused resilient, sustainable, and transformative project.  Please RSVP to hbcucleanenergycoalition@gmail.com or natashac@nhhsf.org.

At the event, you will learn more about this innovative initiative, conceptualized to educate, enhance, and expand disadvantaged communities, residents, entrepreneurs, and organizations’ access to resources, support, and resilient and sustainable services.  Attendees will also learn more about the services, financial assistance, and other resources offered by NHSSF, including:

Up to $15,000.00 in Energy Efficiency Services

Residents are eligible to receive up to $15,000.00 that can be used for:

  • Energy efficiency services
  • New HVAC system
  • Electricity upgrades
  • And more improvements to your home.

Over $1.4M has been provided to local Miami -Dade County homeowners, to date.

Up to $3,000.00 in Mortgage Relief

  • Fund is available directly with CASHD up to $3,000 relief to serve up to 1,400 homeowners living in Miami Dade County)

Heirs Program

  • Learn how to protect your assets, create a will and about inherited wealth through its Heirs Program. NHSSF, in partnership with the University of Miami assist homeowners in secure legal services to protect their property and transfer real property to family members to create inherited wealth.

NHHSF and Home Depot Beautification Partnership

  • Learn about NHSSF/Home Depot Home Beautification Partnership. The goal of this partnership is to serve up to 45 homeowners by 2025.
  • Providing painting the exterior and the entire landscaping. With partnered with a local vendor that provides the supplies pro-bono and charges us a flat fee of $600.00
  • Learn how to save and prepare to purchase your own home through its homebuyer education program. First time homebuyer workshop online via zoom and we provide financial coaching in English, Spanish and Creole.

Learn About the Newest Solar Technology – En Pods

  • You will also learn about En Pods, an initiative to provide hurricane-resistant solar EnPods to homeowners, especially those in hurricane-prone areas.

As a matter of information, NHSSF was selected as a member of the Dismantling Energy Inequity in Communities of Color (DEICC) initiative by the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC). The ISC DEICC initiative is an 18-month program, funded by the Tides Foundation with resources from Wells Fargo, that will activate community resilience and dismantle energy insecurity in 18 communities of color across the United States through the development of solar community resilience hubs.

Community resilience hubs are equitably-designed community centers that support community residents by coordinating communications, providing social and educational programs, distributing resources, and reducing carbon pollution. While a resilience hub can take many shapes, most hubs are solar-powered with energy storage provided by battery backups, thereby producing less greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional buildings.

The solar and clean energy component ensures that hubs can be used as temporary shelters during climate disasters such as flooding and power outages and can serve as cooling centers in summer and heat shelters in the winter, particularly in communities impacted by energy-inefficient housing. Hubs exist at the intersection of climate change mitigation, social and racial equity, community resilience, and emergency management, particularly in divested communities seeking self-actualization.

To ensure these hubs are designed by the community for the community, NHSSF seeks to engage and empower community-based organizations, South Florida residents, local historically black colleges and universities in South Florida, as well as local government and other key stakeholders to create community-driven climate mitigation solutions, through this initiative.

We look forward to your participation and contribution to the discussion.

For questions and other inquiries, please call 202-445-5179.


Resilience Hub Flyer

The NHSSF, CAHSD and JMP Group weatherization team

National Weatherization Day

The 2023 National Weatherization Day was on October 30. Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) was invited to participate alongside Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) and showcase the wonderful work we are doing for our clients in the community.

The old stucco on the building exterior was removed and a new layer was added. The range and microwave were both also replaced with energy efficient models.

We would like to thank the contractor, JMP Group for their excellent work. The homeowner was extremely pleased with the results.