Friday, January 15, 2010

NeighborWorks Congratulates Its Local Organizations on Stabilization Funding

Today NeighborWorks America announced that 19 local NeighborWorks organizations, along with their local, regional, and state partners, were awarded $548,381,663, or 27 percent of the total $1.93 billion awarded in the second round of Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The NeighborWorks organizations received the funding as part of consortium partnerships with state and local government offices, the private sector, and other nonprofits in their communities, and will build on the stabilization efforts already underway in many communities. Stabilization efforts include acquisition, rehabilitation or demolition of vacant or abandoned foreclosed properties, and/or financial assistance to low- to middle-income homebuyers to purchase foreclosed properties.

For more information about the grants and the organizations that received them, please visit the NeighborWorks newsroom or

Champlain Housing Trust to Bring Solar Water Heaters to Affordable Rental Properties

About 1,000 families in Vermont will benefit from an energy saving solar water project announced on Jan. 13 by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in cooperation with NeighborWorks chartered member Champlain Housing Trust. Senator Sanders launched the project at the Champlain Housing Trust's Salmon Run Apartments, one of the four affordable rental developments that will be part of this project.

According to Senator Sanders, the $500,000 project is the largest of its kind in the state. The grant, secured from the U.S. Department of Energy, will put solar equipment in 80 apartments in Salmon Run. It will also help finance installation of water heaters in 322 more apartments at three other affordable housing developments in Vermont. The grant will be matched by $700,000 in additional public and private funds, according to Senator Sanders.

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