NHS of Queens’ Celebrates National Homeownership Month in June by Hosting a Successful Housing Expo
Woodside, NY- As part of the National Homeownership Month, Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens CDC (NHSQ) continues to help build the dreams of many community residents with its Annual Housing Expo in the Queens Museum where more than 400 community residents attended. Last Saturday June 2nd , Queens’ residents Hugo and Rosario Rubí, attended the NHS of Queens Housing Expo to learn through seminars and workshops how to rent affordable housing or buy their own property. "We already have the sights on our future home and we even have a picture on the wall," said an excited Rosario. After listening to the workshop on how to fill out a form to apply for a mortgage loan, the requirements and documents that should be presented to the banking institution and the importance of knowing how to manage their finances, the Rubís felt assured they were closer to realizing their dream. Thanks to the workshops they learned and understood better the home buying process and the programs the government has available for first time home buyers.
NHS of Queens’ Executive Director, Yoselin Genao- Estrella, explained that the activity is a wonderful opportunity for potential first time home buyers in Queens to get direct information straight from representatives of private financial entities and government organizations. The representatives answered questions and cleared any doubts that interested participants had. "Every year we hold this event for all those who are looking for a house. We offer them financial help available to come up with down payment and closing costs for those who qualify; however, they must meet certain requirements and in our institution we guide them," said Genoa-Estrella .
Congress Member Joe Crowley praised the NHS task of guiding immigrants on their way to buy real estate or find permanent housing. "Far too many families in Queens and the Bronx are still recovering from the housing crisis that sent our economy into freefall. This event helps bring stability to our community by giving families the resources they need to be able to become buyers and homeowners, " said the Democratic congress Member.
Similarly, State Senator Jose Peralta, added that NHS is a great partner in the fight for affordable housing, and this will surely change the lives of many people. "As we are in the midst of a housing crisis in the city, workshops like this one put into place by NHS are critical to stabilizing our hard-working communities. The annual Hosing Expo provides important tools to not only tenants but also to first-time homebuyers and homeowners," said the Senator Peralta.
During event, held at Queens Museum, Assemblywoman, Ari Espinal, shared and talked with attendees. Espinal highlighted the importance of the event which offers the community the necessary tools to get the key to their own home. “I am so proud to be a sponsor of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens CDC’s Housing Expo 2018. It is a great resource for all members of our community to learn more about the home-buying process and housing assistance services. Everyone should have access to the path to homeownership, and this event provides our community with critical information to take the first step,” said Assemblywoman Ari Espinal (D – 39 while addressing the audience.
The Housing Fair is supported by the New York State Mortgage Agency (SONYMA), NYS Housing Trust Fund, the Environmental Protection Department, and the New York City Department of Finance. In addition, the financial institutions Sterling Bank, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Santander Bank, ICG, HSBC and M & T Bank, among others.
All through the year, the Queens NHS offers seminars, financial workshops and affordable housing classes. For more information please call: 718 457-1017 or visit the website www.nhsofqueens.org Please see some of the highlights of this year’s NHS Housing Expo