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d inc.
the READER JUNE 22, 2010
Volume XXXV Number 13

community organizers
the center for neighborhood leadership’s inaugural class of 2010
Taped to the wall surrounding ANHD’s
waiting area is a small piece of paper
that reads:

“If you give me a fish you have fed

me for a day. If you teach me how to
fish then you’ve fed me until the river
is contaminated and the shoreline
seized for development. But if you
teach me to organize, then whatever
the challenge I can join together with
my peers and we will fashion our own

The untitled maxim is credited to the

Northland Poster Collective, and it
could easily be the adopted pedagogy
of ANHD’s Center for Neighborhood
Leadership (CNL); even more specifi-
cally, of its apprenticeship program.

Since September of last year, CNL,

through its apprenticeship program,
has been working with 10 New York- CNLS 2010 apprenticeship graduating class from l to r: Jae Sup Song, Elma Prapaniku, Enrique Colon,
Natalia Navas, Juan Diego Castro,Lauren Galaraza, and Catrina Zera Nicloe, Formal Course Training Instructor.
ers from across the city training them Not pictured are: Hawa Wehelie who worked with CHHAYA CDC, Rolando Rodriguez wo worked with Immigrant
on how to engage their neighbors to Tenant Advocacy Project, Saul Lopez who worked with Make the Road New York, and Farzana Morshed who
worked with Queens Community House.
“fashion [their] own solutions” to the Photo: D.Kene

issues they face on a daily basis.

One of these NewYorkers is Enrique
Colon. Colon is a Bronx native and ANHD Announces cra training
life-long resident of a neighborhood ANHD is planning a half-day training on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) on
that has been the target of preda- Wednesday, June 30th, from 9:30 AM until 1:30 PM.
tory equity threatening to destroy its
affordable housing stock, and desta- The training is designed for organizers and advocates who are interested in learning
bilize the community. It needs more about the CRA and strategies for utilizing it to hold banks accountable to residents and
local organizers and leaders to stem neighborhoods.
the tide. cont’d on page 5
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table of contents

emerging Stories

graduating community
organizers: a cnl success
The Center for Neighborhood Leadership is on the verge of
completing the first year of its apprenticeship program.
As graduation nears, students share their experience. page 5

ANHD INC. is a not-for-

banking on banks to save profit social welfare orga-
nization which advocates
on behalf of New York
public housing City community-based
non-profit housing orga-
A new proposal from HUD purports to save public housing with nizations and the neigh-
borhoods they serve.
the invent of a volunteer mortgage program. The idea is raising
the eybrows of tenants and city officials in contrasting ways. page 7 ANHD INC. advocates
for comprehensive, pro-
gressive housing policies
and programs to support
resources | GRANTS | JOBS affordable, flourishing
neighborhoods for all
New Yorkers, especially
our lower income resi-
a housing lottery in harlem dents.
The ANHD Inc. Reader
(ISSN: 2150-5292).
Twenty-seven apartments are on NYC’s apartment lottery list
this month. Central Harlem residents get first dibs. page 10 The ANHD Inc. Reader
is published 26 times
per year (bi-weekly) by
ANHD INC., which is lo-
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Suite 1125, New York,
HPD has just released its Request for Qualifications for the Ph: (212) 747-1117
new Multifamily Preservation Program. page 11 Fax: (212)747-1114

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David Hanzel
Five job openings, including one with ANHD. page 12 Director

David Kene
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anhd announces cra training

ANHD is planning a half-day training on the Community
Reinvestment Act (CRA) on Wednesday, June 30th, from
9:30 AM until 1:30 PM. page 17
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graduating community organizer cont’d from cover

Colon is the kind of New Yorker who wants to do something good

for his community. He only has some formal higher education,
but he has clearly demonstrated his desire to learn all he can
about problems that plague his community and find ways to solve
them. He has demonstrated his innate leadership qualities time
and again. Indeed, prior to joining CNL, Colon already had es-
tablished a record of greater-than-self community activism efforts
long before he knew community organizing could be a career

Colon is just one New Yorker, but like him and his colleague ap-
prentices, many other New Yorkers could be witnesses to how
institutional and targeted investment in local community leader-
ship can change communities starting at the grassroots. Before,
Colon could only do something good for his hood in the Bronx.
But after his apprenticeship, he can go back to his hood and also
empower his neighbors to do the same, creating a groundswell
of peer empowerment and a locally driven demand for change.

“Before, I didn’t know what community organizing was,” said Co-

lon. “This program allowed for me to know the real difference
between being an activist and an organizer. As an activist, when
you’re presented with a person’s problem you may actually go
and try to solve the problem just yourself. As an organizer, when
someone presents a problem you teach them how to break that
problem down so that we may solve it together. There’s a differ-
ence, you empower them.”
Image Northland Poster Collective
Colon is one of 10 emerging organizers and leaders graduat-
ing from CNL’s Apprentice Program this month after completing
more than 1700 hours of training and field work on community
organizing and leadership development. CNL, together with its
partner Public Allies, will collectively graduate 40 apprentice al-
lies during the next two weeks. Come September 1st, a new
class of apprentices will begin working and studying towards their
1700 hours of community organizing experience.

This is why CNL was created, with the objective to institutional-

ize and promote community organizing by drawing from the col-
lective grassroots community-based organizing experience of
the New York Immigration Coalition and ANHD; along with other CNL CLass of 2010 pictured from left to right
organizations that in 2007 joined forces to create CNL for the
purposes of further institutionalizing the training of community or- Jae Sup Song worked with Minkwon on
ganizing and promoting career development in the field. immigration reform and census issues.

The apprenticeship program is but one of three CNL community Elma Prapaniku, 24, worked with Raccoon on do-
organizing services. Two other services soon to be offered by mestic violence and healthcare advocacy.
CNL, the Mid-Career Fellows Program and the Strategic Assis- Enrique Colon, 40, worked with New Settlement
tance Unit (or Collaborative) will look to provide career support Apartments on predatory equity issues.
and development for the more experienced community organizer.
Natalia Navas, 23, worked with Queens Congrega-
“In combination, the three components create a permanent ma- tions United For Action on campaign to save public
trix in support of community organizing and leadership develop-
ment” according to Hector Soto, CNL Director. Juan Diego Castro, 24, worked with Mirabel Sisters
on tenant organizing.
To learn more about Center for Neighborhood Leadership’s pro-
Lauren Galaraza, 23, worked with Fifth Avenue
grams and services, including their apprenticeship program, visit Committee on affordable housing campaigns.
CNL’s website at or contact Hector Soto at
212-747-1117 ext 24. Catrina Zera Niclole worked as the program’s Formal
Course Training Instructor.

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Member News

banking on banks
to save public housing
the controversy surrounding Public Housing’s PETRA Bill

restling with an attrition rate of nearly 10,000 units lost every year since
the mid 1990s, The Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) says the country’s public housing projects are in desperate need
of repair and reform. The federal agency warns that it is on the brink of a “tipping
point” where its buildings will experience further rapid, irreversible deterioration
unless they can make up a $20 billion capital deficit. Federal lawmakers, public
housing authorities, and residents all agree that change is necessary to ensure
these properties have the resources they desperately need. Unfortunately, for
now, that is all they agree on. How and what HUD changes become much more
divisive questions.

HUD’s primary proposal is laid out in the Preservation, Enhancement, and Trans-
formation of Rental Assistance Act of 2010 (PETRA). The proposed legislation
aims to amend current federal housing laws by allowing HUD to leverage project-
based rental subsidies to attract private capital, freeing the agency from being

damaris reyes,
subjected to an annual Congressional appropriations process that has underfund- Executive director
good old lower east side (GOLES)
ed HUD for decades. HUD believes PETRA is the best way to preserve these
properties as affordable housing over the very long term and streamline the
current jumble of rental subsidy programs. The [Obama]
PETRA, if passed into law, will authorize up to $350 million to be appropriated
every year until 2015, which could enable HUD to offer owners property-based administration
contracts that are based on market rents. The higher cash flow these rental is asking us to
subsidies would generate would ensure public owners had the resources they
needed to sustain operations and leverage private capital to address long-term
capital needs. HUD estimates that up to $7.5 billion in private capital, mostly in trust it
the form of private mortgages on HUD properties, could be leveraged.

In addition to moving toward project-based contracts, Public Housing Authorities

will also seek to give their residents more mobility by having the choice to enter
into Project-Based Voucher (PBV) programs. Similar to current Section 8 vouch- But, I’m not worried
ers, the PBV programs would allow residents in public housing to move out of
their poorer census tract and into market rate apartments in wealthier neighbor-
hoods while still paying 30 percent of their adjusted income. HUD believes this about now,
could have a tremendous effect on its efforts to de-concentrate poverty.
or Shaun Donovan.
HUD officials say the colossal amount of new cash injected into the agency
would also be used to establish a rainy day trust that would be used by the agen-
cy to avoid defaults on any of new mortgages issued on public housing projects,
I’m worried
should any future hiccups in mortgage payments occur. Moreover,
they say PETRA would cut the red tape that currently hampers its 13 or so sub-
sidy programs and replace them with a single process that can payout checks
about the next
faster, under uniform guidelines, and in higher amounts.
[HUD] Secretary

after ”
For anyone who fears the possibility that these public housing resources would
fall into private hands, several mechanisms would be created to minimize this
risk. First, PETRA requires that the terms of the new rental assistance contract or him.
use agreement would remain in effect in the event of foreclosure or bankruptcy.
cont’d on page 9

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Additionally, the Secretary has the ability to bring legal action to “protect or enforce” the contract or transfer it to
another property that has the capacity to accept the tenants of the property in violation. Finally, even in the worst-
case, HUD would still have a Purchase Option to acquire the property and transfer ownership to a “mission-
driven” entity.

In spite of all this promise, PETRA skepticism remains.

For Damaris Reyes, Executive Director of Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) and one of the city’s leading
public housing advocates, the skepticism is rooted not in intent but rather on how these changes will be imple-
mented over time. Reyes says, “Those protections are fine for now. But, what about later? If you read the bill,
every safeguard is at the HUD Secretary’s discretion. The [Obama] administration is asking us to trust it now.
But, I’m not worried about now, or Secretary Shaun Donovan. I’m worried about the next Secretary after him.”

Reyes is a proud lifelong resident of public housing. She vividly remembers each year’s politically-charged bud-
get dance that surrounded public housing appropriations. To her, this new attempt to circumvent that process
through PETRA is needless.

“The solution is to just fund public housing adequately,” says Reyes. “While I’m not so naive to simply believe
that is going to happen over night since the political process has been starving public housing for so long, I don’t
think the only answer is to rely on the market to feed it. That’s profit over people.”

Dave Hanzel, ANHD’s Policy Director, echoes Reyes’s concern about the possibility of losing these important re-
sources over time. He says, “Public housing is permanently affordable. While we are sensitive to all the problems
facing public housing, we have seen how market pressures result in the loss of public investment in affordable
housing all too often. We feel there are other creative solutions to ensure buildings are well-maintained and ten-
ants are protected.”

GOLES and other organizations like Community Voices Heard and National People’s Action Network have de-
clared their readiness to lobby in opposition to PETRA in its current form.

“There are several areas in PETRA we feel must be changed and strengthened in order for us to support the
bill”, says Reyes who on behalf of National People’s Action Network, recommended numerous changes in her
testimony before a Congressional Hearing on PETRA in the Spring. The first recommended change to PETRA
is to insert language that keeps public housing units affordable for perpetuity, period.

“As PETRA is currently written, converting units would be subject to a 30-year use restricition with a 20-year
renewable subsidy contract. By kicking the problem down the road 30 or even 40 years it would seem that HUD
has not learned anything from the current housing crisis. That may seem like a long time now, but in 1990, 2010
also seemed very far away. We have to ensure that the affordable housing units we have now...stay affordable
in perpetuity”

Other recommendations include: keeping ex-offendors who’ve served their time from committing reoffences by
allowing them to access stable public housing; ensuring that HUD safeguards against the foreclosure of public
housing assets are not solely at the discretion of the secretary, instead expressed directly into the bill; keeping
the hard number of public housing units protected from a voucher sytem that may, under the guise of free choice,
dwindle the stock of availble public housing units.

Reyes: “PETRA would allow landlords to voucher out up to 50 percent of hard units that were, before conversion,
publicly owned and permanently affordable. Tenant based vouchers can be a good option for some families as a
way to enable mobility and choice, but they should always be in adition to brick and mortar units, [not in place of].
HUD should know better than any of us that markets are constantly changing. A housing market with high va-
cany rates today very oftem becomes a hot market tomorrow. And once the units are gone, our experience is
they don’t come back. This proposal is seriously shortsighted and should be struck from [PETRA].”

To date, PETRA has not been assigned a bill number and remains a proposal to be adopted by The House
Committee on Financial Services. If you would like to familiarize yourself with PETRA’s proposed changes
to public housing, download the PETRA bill (right) with a click. Read or watch recorded Congressional
hearings testimonies from NYCHA, GOLES and HUD regarding PETRA at:
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Resources -Apartments

NYC’s Current
Lottery List
for Apartments
27 available until July 10
Applications for twenty-seven newly renovated
apartments are currently being accepted by
West 146 Street Cluster, in Central Harlem.
That is, until July, 20, 2010, when the applica-
tion process for prospective low-and middle
income tenants end.The apartments, ranging
in size from studio to 3-bedroom are currently
under construction.

Half of these units will be reserved for Central

Harlem residents living in Manhattan’s commu-
nity Board 10 district.

City Employees and residents with visual or

hearing impairments will receive 5 and 2 per-
cent preference, respectfully, as applicants to
West 146 Street Cluster.

To view NYC’s current lottery list for apartments

d inc.
community reinvestment
Act training
ANHD is planning a half-day training on the
Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) on
Wednesday, June 30th, from 9:30 AM until
1:30 PM.

The training is designed for organizers and ad-

vocates who are interested in learning about
the CRA and strategies for utilizing it to hold
banks accountable to residents and neighbor-

Specific topics will include:

• Overview of CRA
• How federal and state Bank Regulators
qualify loans, investments and services for
CRA credit.
• How to voice your opinion on a bank’s
CRA performance including comment let-
ters, community contacts, meetings with
bank leadership and direct actions

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Resources -Grants

new hpd rfq other grants

HPD has just released its Request for Qualifications OTHER GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
for the new Multifamily Preservation Program. As
you know, ANHD has been pushing for a compre- Assistance Program: deadline: sep 30
hensive approach to rescuing these overleveraged
portfolios from the speculative cycle. This program The Department of Commerce Economic Develop-
encompasses HUD Multifamily buildings as well as ment Administration is soliciting applications for pub-
privately owned overleveraged properties. lic works, planning, local technical assistance, and
economic adjustment assistance to address pressing
Among other criteria, not-for-profits are expected to economic recovery issues, particularly in economically
have $100,000 in liquid assets ($500,000 for for-prof- distressed regions.
its), 100 units under management for the past 5 years,
and completion of two in-tenant rehab projects in the The planning program helps support planning organi-
last five years. zations in the development, implementation, revision
or replacement of comprehensive economic devel-
The RFQ is tiered – groups are asked to indicate pref- opment strategies to create and retain higher-skill,
erences for neighborhoods and number of units, and higher-wage jobs, particularly for the unemployed and
are assigned Qualification for a unit range based on underemployed.
their capacity. The full text is at the link below. More details on this grant
ml CSBG Training & Technical Asst Program:
deadline: july 19
This is only a Request for Qualification – the param- The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the
eters of the Multifamily Preservation Program haven’t Administration for Children and Families (ACF) an-
been determined yet, although it does state that $100 nounces that competing applications will be accepted
million in HPD subsidy, $500 million in HDC Bond Fi- for a new $1 million grant to support a clearinghouse
nancing and $150 million from the Acquisition Fund are for the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) Net-
available. Because the Acquisition Fund is developing work and other stakeholders focusing on activities and
a mechanism for buying mortgages, and the RFQ asks service delivery mechanisms and policies and proce-
if developers are willing to consider debt acquisition dures making meaningful and measurable progress
and foreclosure as a means to obtain the properties, toward alleviating the causes and conditions of pov-
it appears at least some of the program is going to in- erty and increasing self-sufficiency among low-income
volve acquisition through note sales. individuals, families, and communities.
More details on this grant

The Center for New York City Affairs Releases New Report on City’s Schools
New York has been the proving ground for a grand experiment in school governance since 2007, when
Schools Chancellor Joel Klein replaced a tightly controlled top-down administrative structure with one that
gave principals new powers to shape the culture and practice of their own schools. The chancellor’s “Chil-
dren First” reform is designed to free principals from day-to-day supervision and allow them latitude in mat-
ters such as hiring, curriculum and budget. In exchange, principals must demonstrate steady improvement
in student performance as measured mostly by standardized test scores.

The Center’s new report offers one of the first broad analyses of the Bloomberg administration’s reor-
ganization of school management. The new freedom for principals has allowed some schools to flour-
ish, reversing decades of poor performance and low expectations. At the same time, some principals are
floundering without sufficient supervision. And the city’s accountability system, particularly for elemen-
tary schools, is deeply flawed, sometimes rewarding mediocrity while failing to recognize gains made by
schools that are striving for excellence.

The full report is available at the Center for New York City Affairs Web site,
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volume xxxv, number 13 Resources -Jobs

Post your job postings in our next issue for free. Send them to :

Wanted: dirECTor of initiAtive for

neighborhood and citywide organizing
START DATE: September 1, 2010

SALARY: Up to $60, 000 depending on experience. Good benefits.

The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) seeks a dynamic, highly produc-
tive Director for the Initiative for Neighborhood and City-wide Organizing (INCO). INCO is a very suc-
cessful collaboration between ANHD and the Neighborhood Opportunities Fund (NOF) that provides
funding and capacity-building support to 15 neighborhood-based housing organizing groups across the
city to strengthen the grassroots affordable housing movement. The Director assists funded groups in
building community support for local and citywide housing policy advocacy campaigns through techni-
cal support, organizing training and mentoring.

The INCO Director is responsible for all aspects of the program, including:
• Working with the 15 funded INCO groups, which receive $40,000-$50,000 each annually for four
years, to provide intensive capacity-building support for community organizing, including one-on-one
support, group trainings, and coordinated peer-to-peer mentoring.
• Supporting the funded groups in planning and implementing local, neighborhood-level organizing
• Working closely with NOF, the funders collaborative that provides the grants, providing regular reports
on INCO activities, and support to NOF’s Funding, Selection and Advisory Committees.
• Planning and coordinating citywide advocacy and organizing campaigns on housing policy issues that
bring together the energies of the funded groups, and the broader ANHD membership, to win major
housing policy changes.
• Providing significant support to other ANHD housing policy advocacy campaigns .
• Some evening and weekend work required.

• A minimum of five years of professional experience in community organizing .
• At least three years experience in a senior position supervising other organizing staff.
• Experience directing a nonprofit program or department.
• Strong experience designing and implementing organizing skills training.
• Significant experiencing directing outcome-oriented campaigns to win policy change.
• Commitment to New York City’s neighborhoods and respect for community organizing and grassroots
• Must be very self-directed, creative and highly productive.
• Bi-lingual (English/Spanish); program fundraising experience; knowledge of NYC housing issues pre-

ANHD encourages applications from women and people of color.

To APPLY: Please send resume, cover letter and brief writing sample to:
Benjamin Dulchin
50 Broad Street, Suite 1125
New York, NY 10004-2376
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START DATE: September 1, 2010


four weeks vacation, 14 holidays, Health, Life and Dental insurance, Long Term Disability, Employee
Assistance Program, Employer Contribution 401(k) and other generous time-off benefits.

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC) is seeking a full-time Director for our family child
care network who will be providing oversight of staff and the daily operations of the Happy Faces Family
Child Care Network.

Duties of the position include coordinating the state-required training and ongoing education for pro-
viders, assisting new and existing providers through the family daycare registration process, conduct-
ing evening monthly meetings with network provider members and parents, supporting the individual
professional development of network providers, administering Child and Adult Care Food Program
(CACFP) program and Administration for Children Service (ACS) family daycare voucher program in-
cluding processing provider and parent payments, and conducting home visits, assisting individual
parents seeking child care, including child care subsidies, overseeing NMIC’s community education
and parent and caretaker outreach efforts, facilitating evening SUNY Research Foundation Video-Con-
ferences, tracking program outcomes and effectiveness, serving as a liaison to City agencies such as
the NYC Dept. of Health, Administration for Children’s Services and the Human Resource Administra-
tion, advocating for increased childcare resources in Washington Heights-Inwood and New York City,
supporting Director of Development in ongoing fundraising efforts.

Applicants should possess a BS in Early Childhood Education, MA/MS preferred. At least three years
experience in child care, preferably family day care, at least two years experience working with NYC
ACS Division of Child Care, bilingual skills in English/Spanish required. Candidate must have excellent
written and oral communications skills and the ability to organize and deliver presentations to commu-
nity residents. Previous administrative and supervisory experience preferred.

All full-time positions at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation are competitive in salary and
complemented with four weeks vacation, 14 holidays, Health, Life and Dental insurance, Long Term
Disability, Employee Assistance Program, Employer Contribution 401(k) and other generous time-off

TO APPLY: Send resume/cover (with position in subject line) to:

NMIC, Human Resources Director,
76 Wadsworth Avenue,
NY, NY 10033
or or
fax to (212) 928-4180.
NMIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Wanted: Bi-Lingual Director of

Organizing and Tenant Program Services
Salary commensurate with experience.

POSITION: Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) is a Sunset Park-based non-profit organization

whose mission is to empower low- and moderate-income Brooklyn residents to secure quality hous-
ing and build assets. To fulfill that mission we provide education and counseling to tenants, first-
time homebuyers, and homeowners providing services in English and Spanish. NHN has an annual
budget of $530,000, with major support from Federal, State and City government, corporations and
private foundations.

The Tenant Program Director will supervise NHN’s tenant team and oversee organizing and advocacy
in all aspects of the organization’s work with low-income, largely Spanish-speaking tenant residents in
Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Tenant Counseling: The bi-lingual Tenant Program Director will supervise the program’s one-on-one
counseling and referral services to tenants facing housing problems including; livability and repair is-
sues, rent and eviction issues, landlord harassment and language access issues. He/she will also
provide direct counseling to tenants to advise them regarding their rights; negotiate with landlords, help
them to access potential public subsidies, and refer them for legal and other services. The position also
includes teaching Tenants’ Rights Workshops in English and Spanish at local community organizations.

Community Organizing: The Director will work on the local and city-wide level to promote decent, af-
fordable housing in and around Sunset Park. The Tenant Program Director will supervise and work
together with tenant program staff and interns to support the activities of the neighborhood group UNA
(United Neighbors in Action), a community organizing project which focuses on education about ten-
ants’ rights and housing issues, as well as tackling quality of life issues in the neighborhood. UNA
members are involved in coalition campaigns and citywide advocacy work that affect affordable hous-
ing. UNA gathers together individual leaders identified through building-based organizing, as well as
NHN’s advocacy work with individual tenant clients. The Director will facilitate meetings, educate ten-
ants on their rights, and assist tenants in the formation of tenant associations, with the goals of lead-
ership development and increased civic participation. The Tenant Program Director will work with
the current Tenant Counselor/Organizer to develop local community leaders by conducting leadership
trainings and one-on-one mentoring.

Supervision The Tenant Program Director will provide supervision including, helping staff to plan and
implement organizing strategy, supporting staff and interns to meet ongoing challenges of frontline
social service work, providing staff development and continuing education, as well as helping to track
program outcomes, monitoring and improving the quality of services.

Grants and Contracts Reporting The Tenant Program Director will help to organize and gather data to
assist in the preparation of reports to funders. The Director will be responsible for evaluating program
deliverables in collaboration with the Interim Executive Director and Development Coordinator.

Community-building/Collaborations: The Tenant Program Director will maintain relationships with other
affordable housing, community development, and housing organizing groups and coalitions, partici-
pating in city-wide campaigns, developing and maintaining partnerships in such a way as to broaden
NHN’s reach, and seek greater efficiency and effectiveness in the use of program resources.
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bilingual director job cont’d

• Applicants must be fluent in Spanish and English.
• Candidates should have at least three years of experience with direct service and community organiz-
ing, with preferred experience in low-income, immigrant communities.
• Previous experience with housing or social service agencies required.
• Experience supervising case management, direct services.
• Prior knowledge of tenant organizing, and/or housing law and public benefits preferred.
• Ability to learn quickly and utilize creative problem solving.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Strong writing and editing skills.
• Self starter.
• Team player.
• Detail-oriented and ability to manage multiple tasks.
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to follow instructions.
• Ability to work autonomously.
• Sense of humor!
• Demonstrated commitment to community empowerment and housing justice.

Please send a resume with cover letter to before
Attention: Susan Kingsland, Interim Executive Director. No phone calls please.

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• Provide counseling and analysis to borrowers who visit Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica,
Inc. (NHSJ) regarding borrower’s financial position, including creation of a realistic household budget,
and provide information regarding available workout options.
• Ensure that photographic identification has been obtained from borrower at intake or upon first
counseling session prior to opening a case file.
• Obtain a signed authorization for the borrower and assist the borrower in preparing and assembling
the information and documentation required by the servicer for evaluation of workout options.
• Conduct follow up communications with servicers and borrowers as needed to ensure receipt by
servicer, address deficiencies in package, inquire about status of cases.
• Assist borrowers in understanding and implementing workout options including discussion of terms
of modification offer (and/or other options presented by the servicer), assist borrower with follow-up
actions required of the borrower to obtain workout option; and, if appropriate, refer the borrower to lo-
cal service providers for additional assistance.
• Enter all case information into Counselor Max data system in a timely and accurate manner to allow
for accurate case tracking and reporting.
• Support outreach activities including attending events, organizing workshops, conducting out-bound
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calls, and organizing direct consultations between servicers and borrowers.

• Uphold the respect and reputation of NHSJ and demonstrate professionalism and flexibility while
maintaining a good working relationship with team members, partners and government agencies.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Candidate must be experience and proficient in the following areas:
• Knowledge of Mortgage, Foreclosure and Department of Housing and Urban Development regula-
• Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
• Must be able to multi-task and interface with general public.
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Wanted:staff attorney
Work closely with the NHS Foreclosure Counselors and Legal Entities collaborating with Neighbor-
hood Housing Services of Jamaica in the Subprime Foreclosure Prevention Program to assist hom-
eowners facing foreclosure. She/he will serve as an intermediary between NHS Jamaica, the foreclo-
sure client and the lenders to ensure timely processing and outcome of files and cases. Work closely
with various Government agencies.

• Screen foreclosure client, review file and screen loan documents for compliance in accordance with
legal state lending laws.
• Research and investigate the facts of cases and ensure that all relevant information is considered
and prepared for lawsuits.
• Identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions. Legal articles and other materials that is relevant to the
assigned cases.
• Prepare written reports to use in determining how cases should be handled.
• Prepare legal arguments, drafts pleadings and motions to be filed with the court, obtain affidavits,
and assist attorneys during trials.
• Organize and track files of all important case documents and make them available and easily acces-
• Draft complaints to various agencies affecting the case.
• Work closely with NHS Foreclosure Counselors in capturing and documenting all legal aspects of
the case to ensure follow-up and outcome.
• Enter all case information into Counselor Max data system in a timely and accurate manner to allow
for accurate case tracking and reporting.
• Support outreach activities including attending events, organizing workshops, conducting out-bound
calls, and organizing direct consultations between servicers and borrowers.
• Uphold the respect and reputation of NHSJ and demonstrate professionalism and flexibility while
maintaining a good working relationship with team members, partners and government agencies.
• Assist Executive Director and Program Director on Various projects.

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• Law Degree with minimum two years experience in legal setting.

• Knowledge of Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations.
• Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
• Must be able to multi-task and interface with general public.
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office.


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23 annual meeting
On Wednesday, June 23,
30 cra training
ANHD is planning a half-day training on the Community Re-
PACC will celebrate its 46th Annual Meeting. The meeting investment Act (CRA) on Wednesday, June 30th, from 9:30
will take place at 6:30pm at South Oxford Art Space. AM until 1:30 PM.
The training is designed for organizers and advocates who

are interested in learning about the CRA and strategies
for utilizing it to hold banks accountable to residents and
Excellence Awards neighborhoods. (SEE COVER)
On Thursday, June 24 from 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm The New
York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Awards will
honor outstanding management practices and encourage
innovation among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit
community. Join us as the three finalists participate in a
Best Practices workshop to share their management strate-
july 13 socialmedia 101
On Tuesday, July 13 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am Lisa Witter,
gies. The Awards ceremony and a reception will follow. Chief Strategy Officer at Fenton, will outline the critical im-
The event will be held at TheTimeCenter at 242 West 41st pact of social media on the work of nonprofits through case
Street. studies and suggest ideas on how to respond, adapt, and
innovate. You will walk away with practical tools and tips

(and have fun). Contact Alison Kincaid at akincaid@npccny.
org or 212-502-4191 x24.
home rescue fair
On Saturday, June26 from 10:00 to 3:00pm
a home rescure fair will be held at Long Island University,
Brooklyn Campus. To preregister, please visit www.cnycn.
org or call 646-786-0888 or 311.
july 14 building your pr
On Wednesday, July 14 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, learn
View flyer at: the basics to promote your organization and programs, po-
ment.aspx?documentid=4597 sition your organization as an expert in the field, influence
public policy debates, and increase your fundraising appeal
from presenter Anat Gerstein. Contact Alison Kincaid at or 212-502-4191 x24.

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