This grant comes to help families in the Inland Empire during a housing crisis worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire (NHSIE) received $273,122 and Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services, Inc. (NPHS) received $504,450 in federal grant funding from NeighborWorks America through its Housing Stability Counseling Program (HSCP). NeighborWorks is a congressionally-chartered and funded nonprofit created to help address affordable housing issues.

“In Congress, one of my top priorities is addressing the affordable housing crisis in the Inland Empire and throughout California. This funding will help homeowners and families access housing counseling and other key resources to make sure more families in our community can achieve and sustain the dream of homeownership,” said Rep. Aguilar.

“We are appreciative of the support of Congressman Aguilar as we continue our work of providing the tools needed to help preserve homeownership and housing stability in the Inland Empire. Now, more than ever, the pandemic and social inequities have highlighted the health and economic challenges faced by many families in our communities. As a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency, we will use this award to support the delivery of housing counseling services for those community members who are facing housing instability due to eviction, default, foreclosure, or loss of income,” said Felicia Brown-Smith, Executive Director/CEO of NHSIE.

“The Housing Stability Counseling Grant will play a critical role in elevating NPHS’ comprehensive foreclosure intervention counseling efforts,” said Clemente Mojica, NPHS CEO. “With thousands of families in our region falling behind on their mortgage due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s unemployment effects, we are doing everything in our power to keep families in their homes and avoid foreclosure.”

Aguilar serves on the House Appropriations Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee, the subcommittee that oversees federal funding for agencies like NeighborWorks.