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  • Completion of First Phase of REOs for Workforce San Rafael Chamber of Commerce October 5, 2011
    NFH is pleased to announce the successful first phase completion of the REO HOMES FOR THE WORKFORCE green renovation program. More importantly, this success means two more families in our community have achieved homeownership!
  • With Cake, Fanfare and Much assistance, Family Moves into former foreclosed home Novato Patch August 9, 2011
    Northbay Family Homes, Wells Fargo and Marin Community Foundation show teamwork as it gets a family of four situated in a refurbished townhome.
  • Program puts families into bank-owned Novato homes Marin Independent Journal August 4, 2011
    Northbay Family Homes helps family acquire affordable home in Novato with the help of its partners. The Bruinsmas, a workforce family of four, were able to leave subsidized housing and acquire a green rehabbed home. The REO Homes for the Workforce Program is a program aimed at acquiring 20 bank-owned homes in Marin, performing green improvements and reselling to income qualifed working families. It is funded through a $250,000 grant from Marin Community Foundation, a low interest loan from Wells Fargo known as EQ2 loan, and a PG&E Sustainability Program grant.
  • Sudanese Native Finally Feels at Home in Novato Novato Advance July 20, 2011
    SALT acquires and rehabs bank owned (REO) home in Novato, performing "green" energy-efficient upgrades. NFH and its partners assist a local workforce family with homeownership counseling and purchase guidance. The efforts pay off with family's purchase of a secure, affordable and energy efficient home.
  • Wrapping the Cost of Energy Efficient Improvements into a Mortgage Contra Costa Times July 16, 2011
    Buying a home that has a lot to be desired in terms of energy-efficient features? There's hope. An under-the-radar program that has been around since 1995 can help buyers save on their utility bills by letting them fold the cost of energy improvements into their mortgage. The program, dubbed Energy Efficient Mortgage, can be used by homeowners with both Federal Housing Administration and Veterans Administration loans. In California, homes built before 1978 stand to benefit the most from such improvements. That's because 1978 is the year when builders were required to start incorporating energy-efficient building techniques. But even homes built after that date can benefit from improvements to make them more energy-efficient.
  • Free First Time Homebuyer Workshop- It Takes a Team! Novato Advance July 13, 2011
    NFH and Marin Housing Authority are hosting a free homeownership workshop on July 19, 2011 from 6 - 7:30 pm at the Garden Room, 4020 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. Contact Terry Ward at NFH 415.382.2545 or terry@nfh.org for more information.
  • Learn how to perform Home Energy Upgrades California Energy Commission July 1, 2011
    Energy Upgrade California is a one-stop-shop for home improvement projects that lower your energy use, conserve water and natural resources, and make your home healthier and more comfortable. Find information on programs, products, contractors and rebates available.
  • Yes in My Backyard- how Marin should put out the affordable housing mat Pacific Sun February 18, 2011
    Efforts of NFH & SALT to acquire bank owned homes and return them as affordable homes for the workforce is examined. Article looks at the support by Marin Community Foundation provided to NFH and other nonprofit housing developers to address the root causes of the lack of affordable homes in Marin. Programs like those being run by NFH are one solution to the larger issue of creating affordable homes in a county where more needs to be done to improve access to decent homes in high cost neighborhoods.
  • Editorial Supports Innovative Housing Program of NFH Novato Advance - Marinscope.com February 9, 2011
    Local editorial supports efforts of NFH to secure foreclosed or bank-owned properties as affordable homes for local working families.
  • Local Nonprofit Secures Foreclosed Properties for Working Families Marin IJ February 1, 2011
    NFH and sister nonprofit SALT secure first of 20 foreclosed properties under REO Homes for Workforce Program. Leveraging foundation support, NFH and SALT will acquire and perform green rehab to preserve affordable homes for working families.
  • Business Supports School Novato Advance - Marinscope.com July 14, 2010
    Two teachers at Hamilton Elementary School received the prestigious Rex Rolle Award that has been presented by local housing nonprofit Northbay Family Homes since 1994 to Hamilton teachers who have demonstrated the dedication to the profession evinced by the award's namesake. Rex Rolle was the first principal of Hamilton Elementary School, when it was restored after the Air Force left and Hamilton was closed in 1976.
  • NFH/SALT Announces Launch of REO Homes for Workforce Program Marin IJ June 23, 2010
    NFH/SALT receives $250,000 grant from Marin Community Foundation and $500,000 low interest EQ2 Loan from Wells Fargo enabling us to launch a program in Marin to acquire bank owned homes, rehab them using energy saving technologies and resell them to qualified low income households.
  • Design Competition Planned Marin Independent Journal October 24, 2009
    Design competition planned for Bahia residential development.
  • Home-buying Nonprofit Gets Wells Fargo Grant Marin Independent Journal October 12, 2009
    NFH receives $15,000 grant from Wells Fargo to promote affordable home buying workshops.
  • Generous Leadership Novato 2010 Scholarships Novato Business News September 1, 2009
    Northbay Family Homes increases its committment to 4 scholarships under the successful Leadership Novato program.
  • BofA gives NFH $10K for home-buying seminars Marin Independent Journal August 19, 2009
    Employers can help themselves by hosting an EEH workshop.
  • Housing initiative turns hard times into opportunities Marin Independent Journal July 17, 2009
    Northbay Family Homes works with other local agencies to find opportunity in the housing meltdown.