CHRIC and its Neighbors Build Community during NeighborWorks Week

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Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation & Improvement Corporation

On June 7th, 2019, CHRIC volunteers will be participating in the 1st Friday celebration as part of a week-long celebration of neighborhood improvement activities nationally recognized as NeighborWorks Week.

During NeighborWorks Week (June 1-8), Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation & Improvement Corporation (CHRIC) and other NeighborWorks organizations across the country will bring together tens of thousands of residents, business people and government officials to transform the area through events like painting and landscaping properties and hosting homeownership and financial literacy classes or will celebrate the progress in their communities.

Please join CHRIC for our NeighborWorks Week celebration on Friday, June 7th, 2019 in the Village of Westfield from 4:00-8:00 PM at the 1st Friday event taking place on Main Street in the village.

CHRIC’s Executive Director Joshua Freifeld said he is “Proud to come and be a part of the 1st Friday of the 2019 season in Westfield this year. We will be there promoting the many programs and services we offer as well as discussing future plans for targeting redevelopment in the Westfield community such as applying for funds for owner occupied home renovations and Main Street revitalization work.”

There is currently a waiting list for services to those individuals and families who need assistance on maintaining their homes. Home repairs that we typically hear complaints about deal with roofing issues, outdated electric and plumbing, among various other needs. This year, due to the many individuals and families we have in the Westfield area, CHRIC felt it important to apply for these critically important funds this year and look to get as many people interested in the potential project to show how great a need there is in this community.

CHRIC is part of the national NeighborWorks network, an affiliation of nearly 250 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In fiscal year 2018, the NeighborWorks network provided 457,000 housing and counseling services; owned and managed 166,900 rental homes; and created more than 41,100 jobs.

The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

For 41 years, CHRIC has been improving the housing stock of Chautauqua County and the living conditions of its low-income residents. As a chartered NeighborWorks® organization, we provide leadership in strengthening communities and creating affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income families.

Over the past five years alone, CHRIC has created 66 New Homeowners, has counseled 485 in Financial Literacy, Repaired or Rehabbed 491 owner-occupied homes, developed or preserved 157 rental homes, assisted 1,278 families in Chautauqua County, provided 293 volunteer hours, and provided a total of direct investment of over $12 million dollars in Chautauqua County.