NWSHC has a 10 year commitment to older adults, organizing on issues that impact their quality of life and independence.
The Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) is a community-based, non-profit organization that engages, educates and empowers the community to improve housing for all. We accomplish our mission through housing counseling, financial education, community organizing, outreach, advocacy and supportive services. We focus on affordable housing, quality education and issues affecting older adults.
The Northwest Side Housing Center is a 501c3 non-profit HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Agency that provides FREE foreclosure prevention and loan modification services to homeowners. The NWSHC is a proud member of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). The Northwest Side Housing Center is also a community organizing agency that organizes around three issues; housing, education, and older adults.
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As the group of first graders from Chicago’s Public Peter Reinberg School practiced writing about their futures, their teacher pacing the room, a new kind of helper could be spotted – wearing bright pink – among the children. Ingrid, a Parent Mentor Coordinator for the Northwest Side Housing Center’s (NWSHC) Parent Mentor Program walked students through the morning writing exercise.
“It has always been my dream to become a teacher ever since I can remember,” Ingrid said.
Ingrid was a parent mentor in the classroom last year, and was hired on as a coordinator by the NWSHC in the fall. She said that initially she thought it would be just a fun way to spend some time in her daughter’s school, learning from students and teachers. But through her work as the Parent Mentor Coordinator, Ingrid drew attention from the principal of the school.
Ingrid was recently hired by the school to provide aid to students with special needs.
“I thought it was just a fun experience, but now it feels surreal,” she said. “Now I’m actually coming in here, I’m part of the staff.”
Ingrid will continue as the Parent Mentor Coordinator while holding her new position in the school.
“It definitely is my dream starting to come true,” she said.
For Immediate Release February 26, 2014
Contact: James W. Rudyk, Jr., Executive Director
773-283-3888 or 216-554-8822
Northwest Side Housing Center Counselor, Liz Caton, Earns Counseling Innovation Award from NeighborWorks America and the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program
Chicago, IL– Liz Caton, an almost 10-year veteran housing counselor at the Northwest Side Housing Center was named Counseling Innovator of the Year for her work with the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) program, a national foreclosure prevention effort administered by NeighborWorks America. Ms. Caton accepted the honor from NeighborWorks America CEO Eileen Fitzgerald at theinaugural NFMC award ceremony in Los Angeles, CA on February 27. These awards recognize the contributions of counselors whose tireless efforts help homeowners maintain homeownership or transition to suitable housing. Nominations and voting are done by members of the housing counseling community. Liz was joined in Los Angeles by Northwest Side Housing Center Board Member Hilda Olivero.
Ms. Caton was recognized for building the foreclosure prevention program at Northwest Side Housing Center practically from the ground up and tailoring its services based on input from the community that it was constructed to serve.
“Liz’s reputation has built the reputation of the NWSHC and people flock to us because of her track record. Liz works to streamline our counseling process. Her greatest contribution to this effort is our single point of contact model. She has helped us to establish mutually beneficial partnerships with servicers so that servicers assign underwriters and representatives to work directly with our counselors on a bi-weekly basis where all cases are reviewed as a group and files can move along quicker and with greater transparency,” said James Rudyk, Executive Director of the Northwest Side Housing Center. “As a result, Liz has been a big part of our ability to help three out of four homeowners who complete the foreclosure prevention counseling process with us, save their home.”
“Counselors like Liz are incredible assets for the families who need help dealing with the stress and complexity of a personal housing crisis. It’s because of her work and that of thousands of other counselors around the country that more than 1.7 million homeowners have received the foreclosure counseling help that they needed,” said Fitzgerald.
Started in 2003, the Northwest Side Housing Center’s mission is the engage, educate and empower the community to improve housing for all. In 2013, the NWSHC provided foreclosure prevention counseling to over 1,500 families and financial education, including first-time homebuyer preparation to over 500.
Award categories included the following: Excellence in Counseling, Excellence in Outreach and Professional Development, Excellence in Counselor Perseverance, Excellence in Personal Achievement, and Counselor of the Year. Award winners were both nominated and selected by their peers.
For more information on the NeighborWorks National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) Program Counselor Awards, and to see the full list of winners, go to http://www.nw.org/network/neighborworksprogs/awards/NFMCcounselorAwards2014.asp
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Hortencia came to the Northwest Side Housing Center two years ago after hearing about the organization through the Cook County Mediation Program. After going through foreclosure prevention, Hortencia said she was able to save her home through a mortgage modification. Months later, Hortencia was approached by a community organizer at the NWSHC, who let her know she qualified for aid through the Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP). The program provides homeowners in blighted areas with necessary funds to carry out home improvements to existing structures. Hortencia said she received aid to install new windows and a front door for her home.
After watching her rent rise year after year, Gloria, a student at City Colleges of Chicago, said she was stable enough to move in a different direction. With an education, a good job in hospitality management, and she said it was the right time to purchase her first home.
"I decided to invest a little in myself," Gloria said.
The problem was that she had no idea where to start. After hearing about the Northwest Side Housing Center's free homeownership class series during a class at Wright College, Gloria decided to attend. She said she actually attended the series twice, learning how to ask the right questions to her realtor and lender to find the right home for her. Gloria said the NWSHC helped improve her credit score, and gave her the contacts she needed to close on her first home.
"I feel very happy to have something I want and that I work hard for, and I finally have it," Gloria said.
The Northwest Side Housing Center offers free financial education classes to men and women looking to improve their credit scores and begin the process of purchasing a home.