Free Income Tax Assistance Provided at NPHS
Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Did you know that there are 5 seasons in the year? Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Tax Season! For the upcoming 2016 tax season, NPHS will continue to partner with the County of San Bernardino to offer FREE Federal and California state income tax return preparation and electronic filing services to eligible low-to-moderate income individuals and families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA offers free tax help to people who earned a household income of $55,000 or less in 2015. Basic tax returns are completed and e-filed by IRS trained and certified volunteers who make sure important refundable tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are correctly claimed.
Qualified taxpayers can be eligible to receive up to $6242 for the EITC, which can make a difference in supporting a family’s financial needs and helping them achieve self-sufficiency. The EITC and CTC tax credits were developed to help provide an incentive for employment. Every year, thousands of families miss out on these refundable tax credits due to lack of awareness on how to claim the credits on their tax returns. The additional money that taxpayers receive as part of their tax refunds helps make ends meet, stabilizes families, and has proven to help boost the local economy.
VITA services are available to qualified residents regardless of the county they live in. NPHS will offer VITA services at their main office location at 9551 Pittsburgh Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga on the following dates in 2016:
Wednesday, January 27 1:00pm-5:00pm
Wednesday, February 3 1:00pm-5:00pm
Wednesday, March 2 1:00pm-5:00pm
Wednesday, March 16 1:00pm-5:00pm
Free VITA tax preparation is available after January 4, 2016 by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (909) 347-1255 or (760) 552-6176.
NPHS and City of Chino Break Ground on Villa del Sol
Chino, CA – NPHS and the City of Chino broke ground on the Villa del Sol development which will bring sustainable homeownership opportunities for low-to moderate-income first-time homebuyers. The celebration was attended by City of Chino elected officials, non-profit leaders, and bank representatives. The event was held at the site which once contained a dilapidated property on G Street which will be replaced by a three-unit revitalization project and infill development for low-to-moderate income first-time home buyers.
“This is a great day for the City of Chino,” said Armando Compean, Principal Planner with the City of Chino. “Not only are we improving the quality of housing in a vital neighborhood, but we are also creating homeownership opportunities for working families.”
Working in close partnership with the City of Chino, NPHS demolished the existing blighted structure and then subdivided the lot into three parcels which paved the way for the development of three craftsman-style modular homes. The Villa del Sol homes will contain many green amenities including solar panels, which will be installed by GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization providing solar energy to low-to-moderate income communities.
Located in one of NPHS’ Catalyst Communities, the Villa del Sol development is a hallmark of NPHS’ Sustainable Communities Catalyst Project – a holistic, neighborhood-focused strategy of stabilizing distressed communities. NPHS implements this comprehensive redevelopment strategy by acquiring foreclosed, vacant homes and rehabilitating them to healthy, energy-efficient homes for resell to first-time, low to moderate income homebuyers. To stimulate sustainable homeownership, NPHS also offers down-payment assistance loans along with homebuyer and foreclosure prevention education.
“Sustainable homeownership is a concept we champion here at NPHS,” said CEO, Clemente Mojica. “It is an integral part of our mission, and we will continue to ensure our redevelopment projects leave positive, long-term impacts on local neighborhoods.”
Qualified homebuyers will also be eligible for down-payment loans up to $60,000 offered through the City of Chino. For information about this program administered by NPHS, interested homebuyers may contact Curtis Miller, Homeownership Finance Manager, at (909) 986-5843 or Curtis@nphsinc.org.
NPHS Sunset Reception Raises Funds for Senior and Veteran Homeowners
Riverside, CA – On October 15th, NPHS hosted the 24th Annual Sunset Reception—a fundraiser dedicated to supporting the Healthy Homes Grant Program benefiting senior and veteran homeowners. Surrounded by friends and representatives from local government, housing industry, financial institutions, and community organizations, NPHS welcomed the vibrant Riverside sunset from the rooftop of the historic and architecturally beautiful Riverside Art Museum. With an alluring skyline background, Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey commenced the program by welcoming the audience to the City of Riverside and delivering a moving speech on the importance of assisting homeless veterans and the impact of affordable housing. NPHS was delighted to recognize Congressman Mark Takano of Riverside with the Grassroots Leadership Award for his commitment to environmental sustainability, community development, and affordable housing.
All net proceeds from this event directly support the Healthy Homes Program that provides grants to limited-income seniors and disabled veteran homeowners. To learn more about the Healthy Homes Grant Program, please watch the video below to hear Linda Webb share her story.
NPHS’ Homebuyer Education workshops are especially designed for potential homebuyers who are serious about taking control of the home buying process and want to be prepared to make the right decisions. These free classes take the mystery out of the home buying process. A Certificate of Completion is provided upon attendance of the class. Since NPHS is a HUD-approved counseling agency, this certificate fulfills the education requirements for certain loan and assistance programs. Homebuyer Education workshops are held on Saturdays at least twice per month at either our Rancho Cucamonga or Riverside locations from 8am to 5pm.
NPHS HomeStart Orientations are available for future homebuyers who are beginning the home buying process and need basic information. Orientations are available twice a month on Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm at our Rancho Cucamonga location.
To register for one of the classes listed below or for more information, please call NPHS at (909) 988-5979.
Click on each calendar below to download PDF version of workshops.