NeighborWorks News

EDA Awards Two ¡Viva! Grants for “Adelante: Moving California Families Forward,” With Financial Capability Initiative

Posted on: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

  San Francisco — The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) has announced that its two ¡Viva! Nonprofit Training & Technical Assistance awards will go to East L.A. Community Corporation (ELACC) in Los Angeles and NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center Sacramento. These grants each include one year of training and technical assistance by MEDA on financial capability integration, as well as $25,000 in implementation funds. JPMorgan Chase & Co. is generously funding MEDA’s work to share this universally applicable model. States MEDA Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano on why these two organizations were chosen: “All applicants showcased their impactful work, so this was a highly competitive process. But MEDA was especially impressed by the racial and economic equity lens through which both ELACC and NeighborWorks Sacramento view generational asset building, particularly in low-income, immigrant, and communities of color, which aligns with MEDA’s strategies.” ELACC will use its grant to incorporate MEDA’s successful client engagement via human-centered design. The goal is also to make client interactions less transactional, aiming for longer-term engagement in generational asset building. This will strengthen ELACC’s work creating land trust coops for homeownership (especially around transit hubs), worker-owned business coops and for personal business development (focused on the E. First St. commercial corridor and the newly legalized Street Vendor program). Explains Director of Community Wealth Elba Schildcrout, “ELACC believes that through our enhanced asset building services, we will see a decrease in the displacement of current Boyle Heights residents — and the preservation of small businesses and cultural spaces by and for the community.” NeighborWorks Sacramento will use these monies to more effectively reach the Latino community in Sacramento with its financial education services.  Specifically, they are seeking to establish better marketing strategies and amend programming to address the needs of these communities. “We plan to work with MEDA to improve our outreach strategies in Latino communities and ensure they know about the asset building services we provide,” says Kara Thomson, HomeOwnership Development Manager, “According to HUD, a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times that of a renter.  We can help low- to moderate-income families become well-informed, default-resistant homeowners, and to build their family’s wealth.” The timing of this effort is critical, as NeighborWorks Sacramento serves many communities of color that are either experiencing or are vulnerable to gentrification. The goal of this financial-capability initiative is to involve members of the Latino community in services that help individuals establish financial stability. From there, NeighborWorks can provide these individuals a full range of housing services to help them successfully purchase a home. As a result, these communities will be strengthened through higher rates of homeownership and the building of generational wealth. Always looking to generate deeper impact with its San Francisco Mission District client base of 7,400 community members, MEDA is looking forward to learning from both of these organizations as well: ELACC excels in organizing; and NeighborWorks Sacramento is strong on housing programs. Both ELACC and NeighborWorks Sacramento will be at the second of three planned California convenings, as a way to share best practices and explore opportunities for statewide joint advocacy. That second convening will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area in spring 2019. ### About Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development. About East L.A. Community Corporation ELACC advocates for economic and social justice in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles by building grassroots leadership, developing affordable housing and neighborhood assets, and providing access to economic development opportunities for low- and moderate-income families. NeighborWorks Homeownership Center Sacramento NeighborWorks Sacramento provides opportunities for successful homeownership and strong communities through quality education, affordable lending, housing development, supportive partnerships and dedicated leadership.  
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New home owners celebrated in Williams

Posted on: Monday, December 17, 2018

Building your own house is not the easiest path to home ownership but it can be the most rewarding. To find out more click here to learn how these families did just that through our Mutual Self-Help Housing program in Williams, CA.
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Completion Ceremony for new affordable housing development! Homeowners built their own homes!

Posted on: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Completion Ceremony for new affordable housing development! Homeowners built their own homes!    Who:              NeighborWorks® Homeownership Center Sacramento Region and USDA Rural Housing Services When:            Program will begin at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Where:           1022 Silverleaf Lane, Williams, CA 95987 (Williams is located 1 hour north of Sacramento, see attached for map)
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"Know Your Farmer" Film Series

Posted on: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Please join us on December 13, 2017 for the Oak Park Farmers Market Film Series "Know Your Farmer". Visit Comstock Magazine website to view article at
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Community Wall Raising Celebrates Affordable Housing Development

Posted on: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

  NeighborWorks Sacramento Region was joined by City of Williams’ Mayor Alfred Sellers Jr. and representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Services for a ceremonial wall raising to kick off the construction of 10 Mutual Self-Help Housing homes in the City of Williams, California. This is the first Self-Help development for NeighborWorks Sacramento Region. USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing is a 50-year-old housing program where participating homemowners build their own home with the guidance of a technical assistance provider, NeighborWorks Sacramento. This event was the start of the homeowner’s participation in the program. Homeowners will spend 35 hours a week for 10 months building their homes and earning sweat equity in the process. In the last 50 years, more than 50,000 homes have been built in the United States through this program...
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File Under: Community housing, Self-Help, Williams, Build Your Own Home

Pre-purchase Counseling Proving Helpful

Posted on: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pre-purchase Counseling
As part of National Homeownership Month, Shaun and Nicole Avery journeyed from rural Maine to the White House in late June to tell their story about how homeownership education classes helped pave the way to their first home. Nicole and Shaun -- an active member of the Coast Guard -- participated in homebuyer education and pre-purchase courses offered by Coastal Enterprises Inc., a counseling agency approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Averys went through a 10-hour, web-based curriculum that allowed them to proceed at their own pace, followed by several in-person consultations with a counselor. As a result, they were able to pair a state-sponsored down payment assistance program with a VA loan....
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File Under: Pre-purchase, Housing Counseling, Financial Education

Sacramento Housing Prices Highest in Nine Years

Posted on: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  Home prices in Sacramento County rose to their highest level in nearly nine years last month as the region’s real estate market continued its steady recovery from the recession. Median resale prices for single-family homes hit $310,000 in Sacramento County in June, market researcher CoreLogic reported Wednesday. That represented a $5,000 increase from May and a $30,000 increase from a year earlier. The volume of sales rose 3 percent from a year ago. The latest results from CoreLogic show the continued improvement Sacramento’s housing market has made since the bubble burst a decade ago and prices went into a steep downward spiral. The $310,000 figure for Sacramento County was the highest since August 2007, when the median was $314,000.
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File Under: Sacramento, Housing Prices

Kevin Johnson Pushes for ‘Renewal’ in Oak Park

Posted on: Friday, July 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO -- A big announcement Thursday promises new opportunities for the historic Oak Park neighborhood. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced a partnership with educational, healthcare and corporate entities aimed to improve employment, housing, educational, and healthcare options for Oak Park residents. On the second Thursday in Oak Park hundreds turned out for Gather, a street festival for locals to eat, drink, dance and shop. It is a great draw for the neighborhood, but also a stark contrast to another face of the community just five minutes away, reflecting the neighborhood as a whole still struggling. "I don’t think anyone doubts that there’s a certain revitalization and renewal going on in Oak Park, but we want to make sure we do it the right way, and make sure it’s a neighborhood that works for everyone," Johnson said. ...
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File Under: Sacramento, Oak Park

The Market Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Posted on: Friday, May 13, 2016

The Oak Park Farmers Market may well be the fresh-food equivalent of Cheers — a place where everybody knows your name. Just ask market regulars Michele Emery and Sheila Osborne, who greet each other with a hug as they arrive for the market’s season opener on May 7. “We’re a community,” Emery explains. “We’re family.” Osborne adds: “I live for this market, from May till November.” Oak Park Farmers Market — held at McClatchy Park — is one of 24 certified farmers markets in Sacramento County, about half operating seasonally from May through November. Joany Titherington manages this market, sponsored by NeighborWorks Sacramento, and she strives for a diverse mix of goodies including organic fruits and vegetables, baked goods and specialty items. The market’s seventh season began with about 20 vendors; 80 percent of whom live within 25 miles of the park, Titherington says. Many returning vendors have become market favorites, with customers lining up for organic produce from Heavy Dirt Farm in Davis, vegetable starts from Cherry Hill Farms in Fair Oaks, DavePops gourmet popsicles, Fresh Way fish and Yolanda’s Tamales. Aoyama Farm from Fresno County missed last year’s market but has returned for a second season.
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File Under: Oak Park

Families Left Waiting After Colusa County Rejects Housing Program

Posted on: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

‌ COLUSA COUNTY (CBS13) — Dozens of families trying to realize the American Dream are running into a nightmare when it comes tobuilding a home  in Colusa County. Say hello to 3-year-old Caine Ambriz. The wind almost knocked the little guy down, but the winds of change are whistling through the fields at the corner of Willow Wood and Smoky Hollow in the town of Arbuckle. Cain’s mother feels like she just ran into a breath of fresh air. Onelia Ambriz has been chosen to become part of a program where she and her husband and four children can help build their very first home . It’s called self-help housing and it’s planned for the well-kept, but underdeveloped neighborhood. Working families like the Onelias who can’t afford a down payment are given a shot at home ownership.
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File Under: Colusa