Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services

Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services Changing the Narrative of Home Ownership Since 1981, Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. has worked to strengthen low-income families and neighborhoods through the promotion of affordable housing by providing affordable rentals to families and financial literacy.

Founded by a dedicated group of low-income Richmond residents, Richmond NHS was established to reverse the adverse effects of systemic segregation, redlining, disinvestment, and blight. Today, RNHS has grown to serve the needs of over 7,500 families across the East Bay. Richmond NHS continues to work for a more just and equitable society. RNHS is a HUD-approved Housing Counseling agency.

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As #GivingTuesday approaches, it is important to reflect on the work we have achieved at RNHS—none of which would have b...
11/25/2021

As #GivingTuesday approaches, it is important to reflect on the work we have achieved at RNHS—none of which would have been possible without the generosity of our donors.

Over the past year, we have launched our Emerging Developers program to help support Black developers wanting to break into the field. We launched Keys to Equity to promote the construction of ADUs in Oakland, ran pre-purchase workshops for aspiring homeowners, provided assistance through our COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, partnered with Housing is Key to distribute rent relief, and continued providing financial literacy and housing counseling across our community.

Through these programs, we are working towards our goal of providing stable housing for low-income Richmond residents and reversing the adverse effects of segregation on our community.

This #GivingTuesday, help us achieve our fundraising goal so that we can sustain our programs and continue helping Richmond neighborhoods recover from decades of systemic racism.

As #GivingTuesday approaches, it is important to reflect on the work we have achieved at RNHS—none of which would have been possible without the generosity of our donors.

Over the past year, we have launched our Emerging Developers program to help support Black developers wanting to break into the field. We launched Keys to Equity to promote the construction of ADUs in Oakland, ran pre-purchase workshops for aspiring homeowners, provided assistance through our COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, partnered with Housing is Key to distribute rent relief, and continued providing financial literacy and housing counseling across our community.

Through these programs, we are working towards our goal of providing stable housing for low-income Richmond residents and reversing the adverse effects of segregation on our community.

This #GivingTuesday, help us achieve our fundraising goal so that we can sustain our programs and continue helping Richmond neighborhoods recover from decades of systemic racism.

California renters impacted by COVID-19 deserve to remain in their homes. RNHS is proud to be a part of California's #Ho...
11/24/2021

California renters impacted by COVID-19 deserve to remain in their homes. RNHS is proud to be a part of California's #HousingIsKey coalition. Together, we have paid out $1 billion to our most vulnerable renter households in our efforts to #KeepCAHoused.

For more information and assistance with the application, contact Dietrich Torres at [email protected] or visit HousingIsKey.com.

California renters impacted by COVID-19 deserve to remain in their homes. RNHS is proud to be a part of California's #HousingIsKey coalition. Together, we have paid out $1 billion to our most vulnerable renter households in our efforts to #KeepCAHoused.

For more information and assistance with the application, contact Dietrich Torres at [email protected] or visit HousingIsKey.com.

Next week, RNHS will be participating in #GivingTuesday to kick off this holiday season! Since 1981, Richmond Neighborho...
11/23/2021
Affordable Housing | Low-Income Residents | Rentals | Richmond | East Bay

Next week, RNHS will be participating in #GivingTuesday to kick off this holiday season!

Since 1981, Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. has worked to strengthen low-income families and neighborhoods through the promotion of affordable housing by providing affordable rentals to families and financial literacy.

Founded by a dedicated group of low-income Richmond residents, RNHS was established to reverse the adverse effects of systemic segregation, redlining, disinvestment, and blight. Today, RNHS has grown to serve the needs of over 7,500 families across the East Bay. RNHS continues to work for a more just and equitable society.

Our efforts are not possible without the support and generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. Make a lasting impact on the lives of those in need and choose RNHS this #GivingTuesday.

For more than 35 years, RNHS has been proud to serve the needs of hundreds of families across East Bay. Let us serve you! To obtain more information about our programs, contact us today!

There is STILL time to submit a Keys to Equity interest form 📝The Keys To Equity Program provides design, permitting, co...
11/22/2021
Building ADUs For Oakland

There is STILL time to submit a Keys to Equity interest form 📝

The Keys To Equity Program provides design, permitting, construction, and financing services to Oakland homeowners that would like to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on their property.

ADU's are a great way to increase our affordable housing supply and provide an extra income for homeowners—particularly Black homeowners, who have historically been shut out of wealth-building opportunities.

To learn more about the program and apply, visit: https://keystoequity.org/

The Keys To Equity Program provides design, permitting, construction, and financing services to Oakland homeowners that would like to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on their property. Find out if you're eligible.

Are you a property owner interested in gaining extra income? Consider constructing an ADU on your property!There is stil...
11/16/2021

Are you a property owner interested in gaining extra income? Consider constructing an ADU on your property!

There is still time to submit an interest form for our latest program, Keys to Equity. Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of ADUs and the building options available to you: https://keystoequity.org/

Are you a property owner interested in gaining extra income? Consider constructing an ADU on your property!

There is still time to submit an interest form for our latest program, Keys to Equity. Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of ADUs and the building options available to you: https://keystoequity.org/

In 2 days, join us for our latest Money Matters Series: Staying on Track with Retirement Savings 💰Hear from financial ex...
11/15/2021

In 2 days, join us for our latest Money Matters Series: Staying on Track with Retirement Savings 💰

Hear from financial expert Jason Matthews of Matthews Financial and Insurance Solutions about what you need to ensure smooth sailing into retirement!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/money-matters-staying-on-track-with-retirement-savings-registration-200384293817

In 2 days, join us for our latest Money Matters Series: Staying on Track with Retirement Savings 💰

Hear from financial expert Jason Matthews of Matthews Financial and Insurance Solutions about what you need to ensure smooth sailing into retirement!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/money-matters-staying-on-track-with-retirement-savings-registration-200384293817

We understand that families are still being financially impacted by COVID-19. That is why RNHS is continuing to offer as...
11/11/2021

We understand that families are still being financially impacted by COVID-19. That is why RNHS is continuing to offer assistance through our Rapid Response Fund. To read more and apply, visit: https://www.richmondnhs.org/rapid-response-fund/

We understand that families are still being financially impacted by COVID-19. That is why RNHS is continuing to offer assistance through our Rapid Response Fund. To read more and apply, visit: https://www.richmondnhs.org/rapid-response-fund/

Cheryl Fabio did not just know what home she wanted to buy—for five years, she was living in it.After the 2008 financial...
11/10/2021

Cheryl Fabio did not just know what home she wanted to buy—for five years, she was living in it.

After the 2008 financial crisis, Cheryl and her family, who were previously homeowners, had to start from scratch. But five years ago, she found the perfect home: a property in Oakland surrounded by luscious green bushes and plants. Her intention was to buy it, but after a last-minute change-up with her loan, Cheryl had to rent the property instead.

When the property owner decided to sell five years later, she knew she had to take up the opportunity to solidify this place as her home.
It was at this point that Cheryl came in contact with RNHS, which took care of what she called the “behind the scenes” parts of the process as she worked on signing the paperwork and collecting the downpayment.

“I could really tell that I had advocates working for me,” she said about her experience with RNHS and the process. “One slip of paper and I would have been back in the situation with the loan not going through, except this time I would be homeless. It takes a lot of faith and patience, and I can’t imagine doing that by myself.”

But there was no slip of paper, and the process went over smoothly. Cheryl and her family are once again proud homeowners of the same property, and the jasmines and begonias she planted no longer have to stay in pots.

“They go into the ground now, and that way I know they’re home, and I’m home.”

Cheryl Fabio did not just know what home she wanted to buy—for five years, she was living in it.

After the 2008 financial crisis, Cheryl and her family, who were previously homeowners, had to start from scratch. But five years ago, she found the perfect home: a property in Oakland surrounded by luscious green bushes and plants. Her intention was to buy it, but after a last-minute change-up with her loan, Cheryl had to rent the property instead.

When the property owner decided to sell five years later, she knew she had to take up the opportunity to solidify this place as her home.
It was at this point that Cheryl came in contact with RNHS, which took care of what she called the “behind the scenes” parts of the process as she worked on signing the paperwork and collecting the downpayment.

“I could really tell that I had advocates working for me,” she said about her experience with RNHS and the process. “One slip of paper and I would have been back in the situation with the loan not going through, except this time I would be homeless. It takes a lot of faith and patience, and I can’t imagine doing that by myself.”

But there was no slip of paper, and the process went over smoothly. Cheryl and her family are once again proud homeowners of the same property, and the jasmines and begonias she planted no longer have to stay in pots.

“They go into the ground now, and that way I know they’re home, and I’m home.”

ICYMI: Our Keys to Equity Q&A Infosession is now available on YouTube! Learn more about the program and get all of your ...
11/09/2021
Keys to Equity Q&A Infosession

ICYMI: Our Keys to Equity Q&A Infosession is now available on YouTube!

Learn more about the program and get all of your ADU questions answered: https://youtu.be/djYLt3IDSfQ

The Keys To Equity Program provides design, permitting, construction, and financing services to Oakland homeowners that would like to build an Accessory Dwel...

RNHS is proud to be a part of the @HousingIsKey coalition. Since the start of the program, the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief p...
11/08/2021

RNHS is proud to be a part of the @HousingIsKey coalition. Since the start of the program, the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program has paid out $1 billion in critical rental assistance and helped over 90,000 families! Together, we are committed to #KeepingCAHoused.
To learn more about the Housing is Key program, visit https://housing.ca.gov/ or contact us at [email protected].

RNHS is proud to be a part of the @HousingIsKey coalition. Since the start of the program, the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program has paid out $1 billion in critical rental assistance and helped over 90,000 families! Together, we are committed to #KeepingCAHoused.
To learn more about the Housing is Key program, visit https://housing.ca.gov/ or contact us at [email protected].

Lena Edwards always dreamed of owning a home. Despite holding onto this goal for much of her life, Lena had to wait befo...
11/03/2021

Lena Edwards always dreamed of owning a home. Despite holding onto this goal for much of her life, Lena had to wait before starting her homeownership journey due to financial circumstances and the infamous complexity of the homebuyer process. However, when her two grandsons were born three years ago, Lena knew she could not hold off on this dream any longer. The two boys became her biggest sources of motivation because Lena longed for a place that her grandkids can call “grandma’s house,” a permanent home for the whole family to gather in.

With this in mind, Lena headed to the City of Oakland’s realtor department in 2019 to see what programs were available to her. Having grown up in Richmond, she decided that RNHS would be a good match for her in this process. While the onset of COVID created some roadblocks for Lena, it did not stop her from working towards her dream of homeownership. In July of 2020, she started our 4 week class, the First-Time Homebuyers Program, where she learned about budgeting, maintaining a savings account, and handling credit card debt. According to Lena, this experience was “enlightening” and “changed [her] whole outlook.”

A few months after finishing the course and collecting all of the paperwork and information Lena knew she would need, she was ready. She reached out to our housing counselor Nai, who connected her with realtors to help Lena in tracking down her dream home. After an additional few months of searching, Lena found the spot she was looking for: a new construction in Sacramento with an open floor plan. Now, all she has left to do is wait for her close date on Nov. 30th and she will have the perfect place for her grandchildren to spend their weekends as they grow up.

“It makes me cry when I’m thinking about it right now,” Lena said in reference to this vision. “It’s never too late. That’s the thing I want people to understand. You may go down the wrong path unnaturally, but there are resources like RNHS to get you back on track and move you in the right direction.”

Lena Edwards always dreamed of owning a home. Despite holding onto this goal for much of her life, Lena had to wait before starting her homeownership journey due to financial circumstances and the infamous complexity of the homebuyer process. However, when her two grandsons were born three years ago, Lena knew she could not hold off on this dream any longer. The two boys became her biggest sources of motivation because Lena longed for a place that her grandkids can call “grandma’s house,” a permanent home for the whole family to gather in.

With this in mind, Lena headed to the City of Oakland’s realtor department in 2019 to see what programs were available to her. Having grown up in Richmond, she decided that RNHS would be a good match for her in this process. While the onset of COVID created some roadblocks for Lena, it did not stop her from working towards her dream of homeownership. In July of 2020, she started our 4 week class, the First-Time Homebuyers Program, where she learned about budgeting, maintaining a savings account, and handling credit card debt. According to Lena, this experience was “enlightening” and “changed [her] whole outlook.”

A few months after finishing the course and collecting all of the paperwork and information Lena knew she would need, she was ready. She reached out to our housing counselor Nai, who connected her with realtors to help Lena in tracking down her dream home. After an additional few months of searching, Lena found the spot she was looking for: a new construction in Sacramento with an open floor plan. Now, all she has left to do is wait for her close date on Nov. 30th and she will have the perfect place for her grandchildren to spend their weekends as they grow up.

“It makes me cry when I’m thinking about it right now,” Lena said in reference to this vision. “It’s never too late. That’s the thing I want people to understand. You may go down the wrong path unnaturally, but there are resources like RNHS to get you back on track and move you in the right direction.”

Throughout the month of November, we will be featuring different stories from our clients about their path towards homeo...
11/03/2021

Throughout the month of November, we will be featuring different stories from our clients about their path towards homeownership as a way to #GiveThanks to our community.

If RNHS helped you on your homeownership journey, we would love to hear from you! To share your story, contact [email protected].

Throughout the month of November, we will be featuring different stories from our clients about their path towards homeownership as a way to #GiveThanks to our community.

If RNHS helped you on your homeownership journey, we would love to hear from you! To share your story, contact [email protected].

11/01/2021
Oakland: ‘Keys To Equity’ Project Helps Low-Income Black Homeowners Build In-Law Units – CBS San Francisco

The Black population in Oakland has decreased by 34% since 2000—and the rising cost of housing in the Bay has only widened this divide. That is why RNHS is launching Keys to Equity: to increase the supply of affordable housing without disturbing communities with large-scale development projects.

Learn more on CBS: https://conta.cc/3w3LgVo

Read more and apply: keystoequity.org

OAKLAND (KPIX) — The high cost of real estate isn’t a problem to those who can afford to stay put. But it’s causing some African Americans to sell their homes and move. Now, a new program from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is giving low-income Black homeowners a chance to profit from their ho...

In one week, we will be hosting a virtual infosession to answer any questions about our latest program, Keys to Equity. ...
10/28/2021

In one week, we will be hosting a virtual infosession to answer any questions about our latest program, Keys to Equity. Join us along with our partners, Self-Help Federal Credit Union and the Wellnest Company, in your first step towards building an ADU on your property 🏘️

In one week, we will be hosting a virtual infosession to answer any questions about our latest program, Keys to Equity. Join us along with our partners, Self-Help Federal Credit Union and the Wellnest Company, in your first step towards building an ADU on your property 🏘️

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Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (RNHS) has a long rich history in the City of Richmond. It has provided housing services to Richmond residents since 1981. RNHS was founded by dedicated low- income Richmond residents to address the housing needs within the community and was created to strengthen low income families and neighborhoods through the development and management of housing projects. RNHS has served hundreds of families and individuals in jeopardy of losing their homes. RNHS has developed, acquired and/or rehabilitated over 400 single family homes including housing developments in blighted and vacant lots to sell or manage as affordable homes to purchase, or rent for low- income families. RNHS has also served residents through our education programs that include financial literacy programs, home loan programs, foreclosure prevention, and affordable rental counseling. The cornerstone of the organization’s mission is to ensure that East Bay (specific areas include Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo and Pinole) and County residents have access to affordable housing (by definition of those incomes below median levels) and rents; while staying relevant to the current housing crisis conversation taking place in the Bay Area. Currently RNHS is looking to add additional services to its platform to ensure the organizational relevancy. The landscape of housing services has changed in the City of Richmond; currently RNHS is the only organization with an active concentration in the development and acquisition efforts to secure properties for low income families. The AHEAD grant will be instrumental in our efforts in developing the next stage of our work; this work includes the promotion of homeownership and affordable rents, and launching an advocacy component to ensure that under represented and underserved communities within the area RNHS ( Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, and Pinole) serves are not ignored as significant dollars (NHTF- National Housing Trust Fund) are distributed through communities to address the rental housing benefiting extremely low income (ELI) households (75%) and the needs of very low income (VLI) households(25%) serving communities that have been labeled to have the greatest disparity related to income and housing.

Richmond NHS continues to work for a more just and equitable society. Richmond NHS is a HUD-approved Housing Counseling agency.

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As #GivingTuesday approaches, it is important to reflect on the work we have achieved at RNHS—none of which would have been possible without the generosity of our donors. Over the past year, we have launched our Emerging Developers program to help support Black developers wanting to break into the field. We launched Keys to Equity to promote the construction of ADUs in Oakland, ran pre-purchase workshops for aspiring homeowners, provided assistance through our COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, partnered with Housing is Key to distribute rent relief, and continued providing financial literacy and housing counseling across our community. Through these programs, we are working towards our goal of providing stable housing for low-income Richmond residents and reversing the adverse effects of segregation on our community. This #GivingTuesday, help us achieve our fundraising goal so that we can sustain our programs and continue helping Richmond neighborhoods recover from decades of systemic racism.
California renters impacted by COVID-19 deserve to remain in their homes. RNHS is proud to be a part of California's #HousingIsKey coalition. Together, we have paid out $1 billion to our most vulnerable renter households in our efforts to #KeepCAHoused. For more information and assistance with the application, contact Dietrich Torres at [email protected] or visit HousingIsKey.com.
Next week, RNHS will be participating in #GivingTuesday to kick off this holiday season! Since 1981, Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. has worked to strengthen low-income families and neighborhoods through the promotion of affordable housing by providing affordable rentals to families and financial literacy. Founded by a dedicated group of low-income Richmond residents, RNHS was established to reverse the adverse effects of systemic segregation, redlining, disinvestment, and blight. Today, RNHS has grown to serve the needs of over 7,500 families across the East Bay. RNHS continues to work for a more just and equitable society. Our efforts are not possible without the support and generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. Make a lasting impact on the lives of those in need and choose RNHS this #GivingTuesday.
There is STILL time to submit a Keys to Equity interest form 📝 The Keys To Equity Program provides design, permitting, construction, and financing services to Oakland homeowners that would like to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on their property. ADU's are a great way to increase our affordable housing supply and provide an extra income for homeowners—particularly Black homeowners, who have historically been shut out of wealth-building opportunities. To learn more about the program and apply, visit: https://keystoequity.org/
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Are you a property owner interested in gaining extra income? Consider constructing an ADU on your property! There is still time to submit an interest form for our latest program, Keys to Equity. Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of ADUs and the building options available to you: https://keystoequity.org/
In 2 days, join us for our latest Money Matters Series: Staying on Track with Retirement Savings 💰 Hear from financial expert Jason Matthews of Matthews Financial and Insurance Solutions about what you need to ensure smooth sailing into retirement! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/money-matters-staying-on-track-with-retirement-savings-registration-200384293817
We understand that families are still being financially impacted by COVID-19. That is why RNHS is continuing to offer assistance through our Rapid Response Fund. To read more and apply, visit: https://www.richmondnhs.org/rapid-response-fund/
Cheryl Fabio did not just know what home she wanted to buy—for five years, she was living in it. After the 2008 financial crisis, Cheryl and her family, who were previously homeowners, had to start from scratch. But five years ago, she found the perfect home: a property in Oakland surrounded by luscious green bushes and plants. Her intention was to buy it, but after a last-minute change-up with her loan, Cheryl had to rent the property instead. When the property owner decided to sell five years later, she knew she had to take up the opportunity to solidify this place as her home. It was at this point that Cheryl came in contact with RNHS, which took care of what she called the “behind the scenes” parts of the process as she worked on signing the paperwork and collecting the downpayment. “I could really tell that I had advocates working for me,” she said about her experience with RNHS and the process. “One slip of paper and I would have been back in the situation with the loan not going through, except this time I would be homeless. It takes a lot of faith and patience, and I can’t imagine doing that by myself.” But there was no slip of paper, and the process went over smoothly. Cheryl and her family are once again proud homeowners of the same property, and the jasmines and begonias she planted no longer have to stay in pots. “They go into the ground now, and that way I know they’re home, and I’m home.”
ICYMI: Our Keys to Equity Q&A Infosession is now available on YouTube! Learn more about the program and get all of your ADU questions answered: https://youtu.be/djYLt3IDSfQ
RNHS is proud to be a part of the @HousingIsKey coalition. Since the start of the program, the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program has paid out $1 billion in critical rental assistance and helped over 90,000 families! Together, we are committed to #KeepingCAHoused. To learn more about the Housing is Key program, visit https://housing.ca.gov/ or contact us at [email protected].
Lena Edwards always dreamed of owning a home. Despite holding onto this goal for much of her life, Lena had to wait before starting her homeownership journey due to financial circumstances and the infamous complexity of the homebuyer process. However, when her two grandsons were born three years ago, Lena knew she could not hold off on this dream any longer. The two boys became her biggest sources of motivation because Lena longed for a place that her grandkids can call “grandma’s house,” a permanent home for the whole family to gather in. With this in mind, Lena headed to the City of Oakland’s realtor department in 2019 to see what programs were available to her. Having grown up in Richmond, she decided that RNHS would be a good match for her in this process. While the onset of COVID created some roadblocks for Lena, it did not stop her from working towards her dream of homeownership. In July of 2020, she started our 4 week class, the First-Time Homebuyers Program, where she learned about budgeting, maintaining a savings account, and handling credit card debt. According to Lena, this experience was “enlightening” and “changed [her] whole outlook.” A few months after finishing the course and collecting all of the paperwork and information Lena knew she would need, she was ready. She reached out to our housing counselor Nai, who connected her with realtors to help Lena in tracking down her dream home. After an additional few months of searching, Lena found the spot she was looking for: a new construction in Sacramento with an open floor plan. Now, all she has left to do is wait for her close date on Nov. 30th and she will have the perfect place for her grandchildren to spend their weekends as they grow up. “It makes me cry when I’m thinking about it right now,” Lena said in reference to this vision. “It’s never too late. That’s the thing I want people to understand. You may go down the wrong path unnaturally, but there are resources like RNHS to get you back on track and move you in the right direction.”