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June 2016 Newsletter

CHI Leads the Charge for Affordable Senior Housing in Buchanan
Pending Project will Help Westchester County Meet its Federal Fair-Housing Goals
It’s been more than nine months in the making, but the affordable housing effort that Community Housing Innovations began bore fruit this month. Taking a conciliatory approach with the village of Buchanan, which has no multifamily housing and only one unit of affordable housing, CHI Executive Director Alexander Roberts reduced the proposed size of the project by 40 percent, from 66 units to 42 for seniors 62 and over. But three members of the five-member board, including the mayor, still would not approve.  And so, CHI suggested the village would be vulnerable to a lawsuit based on federal fair housing law, which motivated one of the opposing board members to vote for the development.

CHI Presented with Long Island Business News
Corporate Citizenship Award
Opens Second County-Licensed Recovery Home in New York State
The Long Island Business News Corporate Citizenship Awards recognize the companies and individuals who believe that by being a good corporate citizen we contribute to the economic and social well-being of our employees, businesses and the community. It also honors those who show that true community stewardship evolves through building strong partnerships with the nonprofit organizations that strive to meet the critical needs of our community.
CHI Senior Director Christine Selario accepts Long Island Business News Corporate Citizenship Award from Scott Schoen, LIBN Publisher
CHI received the award for its pioneering work in designing and opening one of the first county-licensed recovery homes in New York State.  This year, CHI became the second agency  to open a substance abuse recovery home under a unique program established by Suffolk County to replace the unregulated “sober homes” that have been the scourge of many communities. A recent visit brought rave reviews from county legislators and clients.

Freedom Mortgage Becomes Gold Sponsor 
 
Freedom Mortgage, which specializes in FHA and VA loans, donated $5,000 to CHI, which represents a “Gold” level sponsorship in the organization. The funds will be used to support grants and education opportunities for potential first-time homebuyers.
CHI Grants Administrator Julie Stern (left) receives the donation from Arlene Ramirez of Freedom Mortgage

CHI Receives Additional Foreclosure Intervention Training from NeighborWorks America 
CHI’s Director of Home Ownership Andrea Haughton and Foreclosure Counselor Anthony Paribello attend the five-day Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling Certification training from NeighborWorks America in Albany on June 12 to 17. Sponsored by the New York State Attorney General’s Homeownership Protection Program (HOPP), Andrea and Anthony’s certification from NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling (NCHEC) demonstrates CHI’s commitment to excellence in the field of foreclosure counseling. It also helps the organization meet the requirements from the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling.
This advanced level five-day course is designed for counselors with one or more years of experience providing one-on-one foreclosure intervention and default counseling. This rigorous, in-depth course covers critical elements of the default and foreclosure process as well as loss mitigation options for prime and sub-prime loans. Participants engage in exercises and utilize case studies that will sharpen their negotiating skills with servicers and improve their counseling methods with clients.

CHI is pleased to announce that at the May 25, 2016 HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) Desk Performance Review Exit interview and audit of its Home Ownership and Foreclosure Prevention programs concluded that there were no negative findings. In addition, HUD staff stated that CHI “does a magnificent job” and that it is “a great asset to the [HUD homeownership] program.”
 
Due to this successful audit, CHI will receive a three-year unconditional HUD Certified Counseling Agency renewal. Since 1997, CHI has given out 700 grants to First-Time Homebuyers.

Dual Success from Brentwood Shelter
 
A CHI family that had been living at the organization’s Supervised Family Residence in Brentwood moved into a permanent rental on May 1. Though the move was initially delayed due to the client’s unemployment and subsequent inability to prove to the Community Development Corporation of Long Island that she could maintain the cost of utilities, the client was able to attain employment as an Assistant Manager at Walmart in Islandia. The client has been happy and successful in her new job, and her children were recently enrolled in a regular daycare program. The family has resubmitted its housing application to the CDC and they look forward to moving before their Section 8 voucher expires on July 8.
Another Brentwood client obtained employment in Huntington. She is currently looking into room rental options in Huntington so she can be closer to her employer as well as her family support system.

Riverhead Family Becomes Recipient
of FreshStart Gift Card
 

Stephanie and her children, ages 2 and 5, recently moved to a permanent home in Riverhead after residing in CHI’s emergency shelter in Wading River. The family, which was placed in their new home through the efforts of CHI, were also the most recent recipients of the $100 Bed, Bath & Beyond Gift Certificate through CHI’s FreshStart program.

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