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Broward Residents in Distress Will Get Financial Assistance

Press Release
Release date: May 27, 2020
Contact: Juan Carlos Gordillo
Marketing & Communications Consultant
juang@nhssf.org
786-237-2122

 

Funds have been exhausted

Miami, September 1, 2020 — Starting in May, meaningful housing relief was delivered to help residents focus on regaining employment and getting back on their feet without the fear of losing the roof over their heads because they’ve failed to meet their rent or mortgage payments. After a couple of months of processing applications, the NHSSF C19 Relief Program’s funds supported by the Community Foundation of Broward have been exhausted. We thank the patience and trust of applicants. We genuinely appreciate the Community Foundation of Broward’s support in making this program possible.

Miami, May 27, 2020 – “I am a single mother of 3 young boys. I got laid off on March 13, due to the crisis of COVID-19. I am struggling to make any source of payments since I am no longer receiving any income from my job. I am afraid I won’t be able to pay my rent and all the accumulated rent I will have.”

Sadly, a story like this one is too familiar to many of us right now. Overnight stay-at-home orders were released, thousands of residents in South Florida were laid off, furloughed or saw their working hours cut drastically, the economy went to a full stop, and even when we are about to go back to a “new normal” the depth and extension of this lockdown have impacted our communities in ways we couldn’t even imagine.

Across South Florida, NHSSF has accounted for hundreds of households being financially affected since the COVID-19 took a step into our state, thanks to a survey distributed among served residents. Based on those results and NHSSF long experience as first responders in times of crisis, we swiftly reached out to partners and stakeholders to join forces in providing support to the families most vulnerable among us.

“We designed an emergency assistance program for Broward residents impacted by the coronavirus: We provide financial assistance to low-income families in Broward County to enforce housing stability in the aftermath of the pandemic,” stated Kimberly T. Henderson, President and CEO. The NHSSF C19 relief program will supply emergency assistance that can be used to pay full or partial rent, cover full or partial mortgage payments for those homeowners not covered by FHA, Fannie or Freddie, or cover escrow assistance or HOA fees, in a case-by-case scenario.

“NHSSF is deeply appreciative of this partnership with the Community Foundation of Broward, who shares our deep commitment to forging financial resiliency for Broward families who are struggling with the financial fall out due to COVID,” said Ofonedu Goodwyn, Chairman of NHSSF Board of Directors. The Community Foundation of Broward fully funds this program. This grant-making public charity helps connect Broward residents to crisis response services as the one NHSSF provides.

Starting in May, meaningful housing relief is being delivered to help residents focus on regaining employment and get back on their feet without the fear of losing the roof over their heads because they’ve failed to meet their rent or mortgage payments. Applications to the relief program can be sent through the NHSSF website or by phone call. Aid will be available in a first-come, first-served scenario until funds run out. For more information, Broward families can call 211 Broward, send us an email to info@nhss.org or call us at 305-751-5511.

 

Support has been provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward:

Kearns Family Foundation Fund

Barbara and Michael G. Landry Fund for Broward 

August Urbanek Family Fund 

Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund

 

About the Community Foundation of Broward

Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward helps families, individuals and corporations create personalized charitable Funds that deliver game-changing philanthropic impact. 473 charitable Funds represent more than $212 million in assets, distributing $119 million in grants over the past 35 years. The Community Foundation provides bold leadership on community solutions and fosters philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Foundation empowers visionaries, innovators and doers to create the change they want to see in the community – and to BE BOLD. www.cfbroward.org

 

About NHSSF

Putting families on the path to prosperity is our mission and the outcome we pursue when working with local residents to build flourishing and thriving communities across South Florida. With extensive experience providing financial literacy programs and housing services and products that empower individuals, create affordable housing opportunities, and revitalize neighborhoods, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) is a 501(c)(3) affordable housing and community development nonprofit organization, headquartered in the City of Miami since 1978.

In recent years, NHSSF has been at the forefront of local community leadership, playing a role as an educator, a builder, a lender, and a community catalyst thanks to its five lines of businesses currently available to the public. NHSSF is a chartered member of the NeighborWorks® America. In this capacity, we are part of a nationwide network of over 240 chartered community development organizations and one of the twenty that serve Florida residents.


Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida

What You Need to Know to Get Homebuyer Assistance Funds in South Florida

Assistance Funds in South Florida

NHSSF works as a provider for Miami-Dade County Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD) to provide housing counseling services and submit applications for PHCD’s down payment and closing cost assistance program.

NHSSF works as a referral partner to Broward County’s Housing Department to provide housing counseling and assist in educating the public about their homebuyer assistance programs.

NHSSF is a provider for the Miami-Dade Economic Development Trust to provide homebuyer services for residents using their homebuyer assistance programs.

For many local cities and the state homebuyer programs, we collaborate to stay up to date on their programs and are a referral partner for homebuyer education and counseling.

NHSSF is a HUD-certified Housing Counseling Agency (HCA) and thus can provide to the public, at no charge, homebuyer education, training, and one-on-one counseling. We adhere to the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling: https://www.homeownershipstandards.org/Home/Home.aspx.

 

How do government-sponsored down payment and closing cost assistance, differ from what some lenders provide?

Most government or quasi-government agencies require additional information and documentation to provide aid in the form of a loan or grant.

 

The requested documentation is mandatory. The buyer will not receive assistance without the requested documentation. Government programs typically require the determination and calculation of the family’s total household income and total family composition.

To determine total household income, i.e., the income of all adults residing in the house, the government will require:

  1. A Maximum Income Affidavit form to be filled out and signed;
  2. A picture ID;
  3. A homebuyer certificate and
  4. Proof of income such as the last 2 pay stubs – last 2 tax returns – SSI Letter, etc.

To determine the family composition, which is defined as the number of adults and the number of dependents, the government will require IDs from all household members, school records or immunization records for children with no ID.

To meet the new requirements from the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT), the homebuyer workshop participant will be required to sign the following:

  • MDEAT-HAP Homebuyer workshop completion form.

NHSSF’s role is to assist low- and moderate-income homebuyers and first-time homebuyers in identifying and applying for all available down payment and closing cost assistance programs. We work closely with local government agencies at the city, county, and state level to coordinate support or to assist the buyer in applying.

For Miami-Dade PHCD, NHSSF is a designated partner. For other programs, we are a referral agency. In any case, our counselors can assist you in completing an application for support.

We work hard to make a complex process as easy as possible so that our customers can enjoy the dream and benefits of homeownership. The sooner buyers provide the complete documentation, the quicker we can process applications for assistance, and the sooner you can get those keys to your new home.

Please work with us and provide the requested documentation.

 

Fondos de asistencia en el sur de Florida

NHSSF trabaja como proveedor de Vivienda Pública y Desarrollo Comunitario para el Condado de Miami-Dade (PHCD por sus siglas en inglés) con el fin de proporcionar servicios de asesoramiento de vivienda y presentación de solicitudes para el programa de asistencia de pago inicial y costos de cierre del PHCD.

NHSSF trabaja como socio de referencia para el Departamento de Vivienda del Condado de Broward con el fin de proporcionar asesoramiento de vivienda y ayudar a educar al público sobre sus programas de asistencia disponibles para compradores de vivienda.

NHSSF es un proveedor del Fideicomiso de Desarrollo Económico de Miami-Dade (MDEAT por sus siglas en inglés) con el fin de proporcionar servicios de compra de vivienda a residentes que utilicen sus programas de asistencia para compradores de vivienda.

NHSSF colabora con muchas de las ciudades y de los programas estatales para compradores de vivienda, para mantenerse actualizados sobre dichos programas, así como somos un socio de referencia para la educación y el asesoramiento para compradores de vivienda.

NHSSF es una Agencia de Asesoría de Vivienda (HCA) certificada por HUD y, por lo tanto, puede proporcionar al público, sin cargo, educación, capacitación y asesoramiento personalizado para compradores de vivienda. Nos adherimos a los Estándares Nacionales de la Industria para la Educación y Asesoramiento sobre Propiedad de Vivienda: https://www.homeownershipstandards.org/Home/Home.aspx.

 

¿En qué se diferencia la asistencia para el pago inicial y los costos de cierre patrocinados por el gobierno de los programas que brindan algunos prestamistas?

La mayoría de las agencias gubernamentales o cuasi gubernamentales requieren información y documentación adicional para proporcionar ayuda en forma de préstamo o subvención. La documentación solicitada es obligatoria. Es decir, el comprador no recibirá asistencia sin la documentación solicitada. Los programas gubernamentales generalmente requieren la determinación y el cálculo del ingreso familiar total y la composición familiar total.

Para determinar el ingreso total del hogar, es decir, el ingreso de todos los adultos que residen en la casa, el gobierno requerirá

  1. Un formulario de Declaración Jurada de Ingreso Máximo que debe ser completado y firmado
  2. Una identificación con foto
  3. Un certificado de comprador de vivienda
  4. Comprobante de ingresos, como los últimos 2 recibos de sueldo, las últimas 2 declaraciones de impuestos, carta de SSI, etc.

Para determinar la composición familiar, que se define como la cantidad de adultos y la cantidad de dependientes, el gobierno requerirá identificaciones de todos los miembros del hogar, registros escolares o registros de vacunación para niños sin identificación.

Para cumplir con los nuevos requisitos del Fideicomiso de Defensa Económica de Miami-Dade (MDEAT), el participante en el taller para compradores de vivienda deberá firmar lo siguiente:• Formulario de finalización del taller para compradores de vivienda MDEAT-HAP.

La función de NHSSF es ayudar a los compradores de vivienda de ingreso bajos y moderados y a los compradores de vivienda primerizos a identificar y solicitar todos los programas de asistencia para el pago inicial y los costos de cierre disponibles. Trabajamos en estrecha colaboración con las agencias del gobierno local a nivel de la ciudad, el condado y el estado para coordinar el apoyo o ayudar al comprador en la solicitud.

Para el Miami-Dade PHCD, NHSSF es un socio designado. Para otros programas, somos una agencia de referencia. En cualquier caso, nuestros asesores pueden ayudarlo a completar una solicitud de apoyo.

Trabajamos arduamente para hacer que un proceso complejo sea lo más fácil posible y así nuestros clientes puedan disfrutar del sueño y los beneficios poseer una vivienda. Cuanto antes los compradores proporcionen la documentación completa, más rápido podremos procesar las solicitudes de asistencia y antes podrán obtener las llaves de su nuevo hogar.

Trabaje con nosotros y proporcione la documentación solicitada.


A woman takes an online class with Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida

Our classes have moved online

Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida is still providing all our free homebuyer education classes, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic they are now being presented online.

May Classes

May 4 | 1-2 PM
“Your Money Matters: Tips to Conquer the Crisis” Workshop 5/4/20 (Spanish)
https://nhssf.org/event/your-money-matters-tips-to-conquer-the-crisis-workshop-5-4-20-spanish/

May 4 | 3-4 PM
“Your Money Matters: Tips to Conquer the Crisis” Workshop 5/4/20 (Creole)
https://nhssf.org/event/your-money-matters-tips-to-conquer-the-crisis-workshop-5-4-20-creole/

May 4 | 4-5 PM
“Your Money Matters: Tips to Conquer the Crisis” Workshop 5/4/20 (English)
https://nhssf.org/event/your-money-matters-tips-to-conquer-the-crisis-workshop-5-4-20-english/

May 5 | 1-2 PM
“Turn Your Dream of Homeownership Into Reality” Workshop 5/5/20 (Spanish)
https://nhssf.org/event/turn-your-dream-of-homeownership-into-reality-workshop-spanish/

May 5 | 3-4 PM
“Turn Your Dream of Homeownership Into Reality” Workshop 5/5/20 (Creole)
https://nhssf.org/event/turn-your-dream-of-homeownership-into-reality-workshop-5-5-20-creole/

May 5 | 5-6 PM
“Turn Your Dream of Homeownership Into Reality” Workshop 5/5/20 (Creole)
https://nhssf.org/event/turn-your-dream-of-homeownership-into-reality-workshop-5-5-20-english/

May 6| 10 AM-12 PM
“Financial Training to Thrive and Prosper” workshop 5/6/20 (English)
https://nhssf.org/event/financial-training-to-thrive-and-prosper-workshop-5-6-20-english/

May 6 | 2-4 PM
“Financial Training to Thrive and Prosper” workshop 5/6/20 (Spanish)
https://nhssf.org/event/financial-training-to-thrive-and-prosper-workshop-5-6-20-spanish/

May 6 | 4-6 PM
“Financial Training to Thrive and Prosper” workshop 5/6/20 (Creole)
https://nhssf.org/event/financial-training-to-thrive-and-prosper-workshop-5-6-20-creole/

May 8 | 1-3 PM
“Homeowners: Keep the Dream of Homeownership” Workshop 5/8/20 (Spanish)
https://nhssf.org/event/homeowners-keep-the-dream-of-homeownership-workshop-5-8-20-spanish/

May 8 | 3-5 PM
“Homeowners: Keep the Dream of Homeownership” Workshop 5/8/20 (English)
https://nhssf.org/event/homeowners-keep-the-dream-of-homeownership-workshop-5-8-20-english/

May 14 & May 15 | 1-5 PM (2-Day Event)
HUD-Approved Homebuyer Workshop (2-part workshop) 5/14 and 5/15 (Spanish)
https://nhssf.org/event/hud-approved-homebuyer-workshop-2-part-workshop-5-14-and-5-15-spanish/

May 15 | 10 AM-12 PM
“Financial Training to Thrive and Prosper” Workshop 5/15/20 (Spanish)
https://nhssf.org/event/financial-training-to-thrive-and-prosper-workshop-5-15-20-spanish/

May 16 | 9 AM-5 PM
HUD-Approved Homebuyer Workshop 5/16/20 (English)
https://nhssf.org/event/hud-approved-homebuyer-workshop-5-16-20-english/

May 17 | 1-8 PM
HUD-Approved Homebuyer Workshop 5/17/20 (English)
https://nhssf.org/event/hud-approved-homebuyer-workshop-5-17-20-english/

May 18 | 1-2 PM
“Your Money Matters: Tips to Conquer the Crisis” Workshop 5/18/20 (Spanish)
https://nhssf.org/event/your-money-matters-tips-to-conquer-the-crisis-workshop-5-18-20-spanish/

May 18 | 3-4 PM
“Your Money Matters: Tips to Conquer the Crisis” Workshop 5/18/20 (Creole)
https://nhssf.org/event/your-money-matters-tips-to-conquer-the-crisis-workshop-5-18-20-creole/

May 18 | 5-6 PM
“Your Money Matters: Tips to Conquer the Crisis” Workshop 5/18/20 (English)
https://nhssf.org/event/your-money-matters-tips-to-conquer-the-crisis-workshop-5-18-20-english/

May 19 | 1-2 PM
“Turn Your Dream of Homeownership Into Reality” Workshop 5/19/20 (Spanish)
https://nhssf.org/event/turn-your-dream-of-homeownership-into-reality-workshop-5-19-20-spanish/

May 19 | 3-4 PM
“Turn Your Dream of Homeownership Into Reality” Workshop 5/19/20 (Creole)
https://nhssf.org/event/turn-your-dream-of-homeownership-into-reality-workshop-5-19-20-creole/

May 19 | 5-6 PM
“Turn Your Dream of Homeownership Into Reality” Workshop 5/19/20 (English)
https://nhssf.org/event/turn-your-dream-of-homeownership-into-reality-workshop-5-19-20-english/

May 20 | 10 AM-12 PM
“Renters, Keep Your Roof Over Your Head” Workshop 5/20/20 (Spanish)
https://nhssf.org/event/renters-keep-your-roof-over-your-head-workshop-5-20-20-spanish/

May 20 | 12-2 PM
“Renters, Keep Your Roof Over Your Head” Workshop 5/20/20 (English)
https://nhssf.org/event/renters-keep-your-roof-over-your-head-workshop-5-20-20-english/

May 20 | 3-5 PM
“Renters, Keep Your Roof Over Your Head” Workshop 5/20/20 (Creole)
https://nhssf.org/event/renters-keep-your-roof-over-your-head-workshop-5-20-20-creole/

May 21 | 10 AM-2 PM
“Financial Training to Thrive and Prosper” Workshop 5/21/20 (Creole)
https://nhssf.org/event/financial-training-to-thrive-and-prosper-workshop-5-21-20-creole/

May 21 & May 22 | 1-5 PM (2-Day Event)
HUD-Approved Homebuyer Workshop (2-part workshop) 5/21 and 5/22 (English)
https://nhssf.org/event/hud-approved-homebuyer-workshop-2-part-workshop-5-21-and-5-22-english/

May 22 | 10 AM-12 PM
“Financial Training to Thrive and Prosper” Workshop 5/22/20 (English)
https://nhssf.org/event/financial-training-to-thrive-and-prosper-workshop-5-22-20-english/

May 22 | 1-3 PM
“Homeowners, Keep the Dream of Homeownership” Workshop 5/22/20 (Spanish) https://nhssf.org/event/homeowners-keep-the-dream-of-homeownership-workshop-5-22-20-spanish/

May 22 | 4-6 PM
“Homeowners, Keep the Dream of Homeownership” Workshop 5/22/20 (English) https://nhssf.org/event/homeowners-keep-the-dream-of-homeownership-workshop-5-22-20-english/

 

We look forward to meeting you online!