NHS has been helping out the South Buffalo neighborhood for a long time and we've gotten a lot done. Here are some of the highlights:
1979: Founded by a city wide task force, NHS of South Buffalo was one of the seven original Neighborhood Housing Services in the city.
1980, July: Completion of the first home rehabilitation project funded by our loans. The maximum loan amount at the time was $6,000 (now $20,000).
1980-1995: Worked with the City of Buffalo to provide a Free Exterior Home Program. During that time we used enough paint to cover City Hall 2.5 times!
1983: Shyrl Duderwick became Executive Director. Previously she had worked as our administrative assistant for three years.
1985: Purchased our first computer and a Digital Corporation Dot Matrix Printer. Using our new technology we collaborated with the City Building Inspectors to schedule 3,467 house inspections.
1989, August: Began the conversion of an historic firehouse into apartment units. The project was completed on schedule and under budget on January 16th, 1990.
1997: Completed our first Lead Identification Assessment, the first step towards removing lead from Western New York homes. We were the first WNY non-profit to be licensed by the EPA and the NYS Health Department.
1999: Weatherized (insulated, caulked, and otherwise tightened up) our first house. Over the years we have weatherized more than 5,100 residences throughout the city.
2005: Began using "Success Measures", a program from NeighborWorks America, to track our projects. It was a nationwide pilot testing, and we have used it extensively for our surveys.
2006: The first year of our collaboration with World Changers, a faith based group which sends teams of teenagers around the country to paint and repair local homes. In 2006, over 250 volunteers worked on 26 Buffalo homes.