A Homebuyer's Flowchart to Success


West Side NHS is a 2013 NeighborWorks Green Designee!

Yesterday, NeighborWorks America announced the 2013 designees of its Green Organization program.

West Side NHS is proud to announce that we are among 26 NeighborWorks organizations across the country who received the designation this year.

We're working on a lot of things to build our sustainability and bring green into the way we work. Look for more from us soon!


Join us for Kids' Day at the Farmers' Market, Sunday August 18

This Sunday, the Riverside Farmers' Market is holding a special Kids' Day with face painting, a juggler, a magician, a craft table, and raffles with some very special prizes. 

Bring your kids, meet your neighbors, and buy produce from 9 to 12!


Dollars & $ense Financial Fun Day

Come Join WSNHS staff and many more community members and organizations for this unique event catering to your financial needs.  Bring the whole family! We hope to see you there.

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Committing to Sustainable Practices

This month, the West Side Neighborhood Housing Services Board of Directors passed a resolution committing the organization to sustainability in our operations and programs.

We'll be continually improving our operations and services to make them more sustainable. Here are some of the things we've already accomplished toward sustainability.

Green, Flexible Hours: Through the West Side & Black Rock-Riverside NHS partnership, we changed our hours to accomodate clients and save energy. West Side NHS is open Monday-Thursday, 8 to 6, and Black Rock-Riverside NHS is open Tuesday-Friday, 8 to 6. This has given the people in our communites 10 additional hours per week to access our services, and it's saved us more than $3,000 per year in energy costs.

Adopting Green Purchasing Policies: Both the West Side NHS and Black Rock-Riverside NHS offices have adopted green purchasing policies that eliminate unsustainable products, such as synthetic air fresheners, and use Sustainable Forest Initiative and recycled paper products. We have also replaced all office lightbulbs with CFLs and we're replacing disposable kitchenware with washable, reusable products. 

Using Green Rehab Specs on 100% of Home Improvement Projects: Through our services, we assist or fund the rehabilitation of over 75 housing units per year. Our Construction Analysts refer to green rehab specs for all of those projects. In addition, our Home Improvement Loan can be used to match the NYSERDA $5,000 grant for energy improvements, and can cover things like energy-efficient windows and doors that are not covered by that grant.

Educating Homeowners in Green Topics: We're enhancing our homebuyer education coverage of energy-saving, water-saving, and healthy home environment techniques so that homebuyers can save money, protect their home investment and keep their families healthy.

Encouraging Green Commuting and Sustainable Transportation: We're holding office competitions for the most green miles commuted, installing bike racks, and finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint in travel.

On our website, we'll be using the symbol to the right  to highlight green topics and options in our program areas. Keep an eye out for it!

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