CHASE DONATES $200,000 TO NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES OF SOUTH FLORIDA (NHSSF) TO REVITALIZE SOUTH FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOODS
Miami, FL- Today, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) received a $200,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to purchase and rehabilitate 50 foreclosed single family homes in Miami-Dade County with an emphasis on Liberty City and Brownsville. These communities have been hard hit during the foreclosure crisis. This grant also helps provide foreclosure prevention assistance to residents and creates homeownership opportunities for low-income families in these neighborhoods. NHSSF will conduct public forums on foreclosure prevention alternatives and will assist individuals through the process.
"We are very excited to receive this generous donation from the Chase Foundation and to have their support in realizing our vision of providing affordable housing and revitalizing the neighborhoods of Brownsville and Liberty City," said Arden Shank, NHSSF's President and CEO. "Our commitment to the residents of these neighborhoods is ongoing and we hope to empower them to be agents of change within their own community."
Through the funding, NHSSF will engage community leaders, the community and residents to help neighborhood stabilization in the upcoming year. NHSSF has actively worked in the Brownsville community since 2005, in part because of its strong residential character, as well as the impact that the recent recession had on the residents of this community.
Chase awarded the grant to NHSSF because of the organization's commitment to creating meaningful, positive and sustainable change within South Florida's highest-need neighborhoods and communities.
"Chase shares NHS's belief that everyone deserves a decent place to live and we know the need is especially urgent in Liberty City and Brownsville," said George Acevedo, Chase South Florida Retail Head. "Together, we can improve the lives of individual families and the neighborhood." Chase has 140 South-Florida based branches, including a location in Liberty City. The firm employs more than 3,000 employees in the region.
Left to Right: The Honorable Jean Monestime, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 2, Jesus Leon, Chase VP Relationship Manager, Kim Davis, Chase Foundation President, George Acevedo, South Florida Chase Retail Head, Arden Shank, NHSSF President & CEO