NSP2 timeline of events

Initial milestones:

  • February 2009
  • May 2009
    • The Department of Housing and Urban Development released the Notice of Funding Availability for the second round of The Neighborhood Stabilization Program, NSP2, authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
  • July 2009
    • Habitat for Humanity International submitted application for NSP2 funds.
  • January 2010
    • HUD awarded Habitat for Humanity $137 million in NSP2 funds, one of 56 grantees that received a combined total of $1.93 billion.

Year one:

  • February 2010
    • The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Habitat for Humanity International $137 million of NSP2 funds. During the three-year program, Habitat for Humanity will partner with seven Habitat affiliates in five states to provide at least 1,062 homes for low-income individuals and families.
  • April 2010
    • HUD released the environmental review protocol for nonprofits and provided webinar training, which allowed Habitat to complete environmental reviews, purchase property and begin work.
  • July 2010
    • Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity was the first developer to begin new construction on in-fill lots using NSP2 funds. The seven-home blitz build in the Harambee and Amani neighborhoods signified the first of 100 homes Habitat Milwaukee will build. 
      Article: This is a Good Sound (552KB .pdf).
  • September 2010
    • Government funding has helped Habitat for Humanity International widen its housing products and revitalize entire communities in numerous ways. This story features two Habitat affiliates receiving NSP2 funds — Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. 
      Article: A Helping Hand for Hard Times (55KB .pdf).
  • October 2010
    • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami celebrated the dedication of its first NSP2-assisted home built on vacant property in Liberty City — one of eight new homes for low-income individuals and families. The dedications followed a Global Community Day sponsored by the financial services firm, Citi, one of Habitat Miami’s local supporters. 
      Article: A Brighter Spot in Miami (228KB .pdf).
  • December 2010

Year two:

  • February 2011
    • At the end of the first year, Habitat for Humanity International and its Habitat affiliate developers had persevered despite some delays and challenges. The whirlwind year set the stage for the next major goal — spending 50 percent of all funds by the end of year two. 
      Article: A whirlwind year for HFHI’s seven NSP2 partners.
    • Habitat for Humanity New York City broke ground on its first multi-housing project using NSP2 funds — a four-story, 12-unit development named St. John’s Condominiums Residences.
      Article: Habitat for Humanity New York City launches first NSP2 project.
  • April 2011
    • A flurry of groundbreakings, blitz builds and home dedications began in the spring, signifying the quickening pace of construction and rehabilitation at all seven Habitat affiliate developers. 
      Article: NSP2 picks up steam.
    • One of those events was Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami’s annual blitz build, “Blitz Off Broadway.” About 1,500 volunteers helped build 10 houses in two weeks, during April 4-16, in Liberty City. The project was financed with NSP2 funds, a $500,000 donation from Chase and donations from dozens of other businesses, organizations and churches. The event also enlisted volunteers to paint three existing homes in the neighborhood and plant edible vegetable gardens for four Habitat homeowners. On the last day, everyone gathered to celebrate as each new partner family was presented with a house key and bible.
    • On the last day of April, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity held an 18-home dedication and neighborhood walking tour in the Park West neighborhood. Claudette Keys, one of the new homeowners, will finally buy her own home after renting for 38 years. 
      Article: ‘You’re never too old to learn’.
  • May 2011
    • Pensacola Habitat for Humanity welcomed 51 AmeriCorps members from Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, Colorado and Florida on May 1 for the first week of the 2011 Build-a-Thon. With help from the Blue Angels support crew, members completed three homes through the dry-in phase and framed an additional three homes—all in four days. The homes will be part of the 114-home Camshire Meadows subdivision and almost half of the 240 units Pensacola Habitat will rehabilitate or build with NSP2 funds.
      Article: AmeriCorps and NSP2 at work in Pensacola.
    • One week after dedicating 18 homes, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity welcomed 85 AmeriCorps members from 13 Habitat affiliates during the second week of the 2011 AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon. Volunteers from UPS, Traveler’s Insurance and the community joined the AmeriCorps members and the homeowner families, framing 10 NSP2-assisted houses in five days.
    • On Saturday, May 14, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles dedicated five duplex townhomes, known as the Imperial Highway development — the first LEED-certified homes in the city of Lynwood. About 300 people attended the event, including the 10 new partner families. Hundreds of volunteers worked alongside the families to build the homes, which were partially funded through NSP2. Special guests included the Aide Castro, mayor of Lynwood, and Yolanda Chavez, deputy assistant secretary for grant programs in HUD’s office of community planning and development. 
      Article: Habitat Los Angeles dedicates first NSP2 homes.
  • August 2011
    • One of the objectives for NSP2 recipients is to coordinate their work with the community development plans of other government agencies, nonprofits, neighborhood groups and residents. In Milwaukee, comprehensive revitalization efforts are taking place in several neighborhoods, and Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity is a key contributor. Teig Whaley-Smith, founder of Community Development Advocates in Milwaukee and a long-time Habitat partner, explains how the affiliate fits into the revitalization plans for the neighborhood he grew up in.
      Article: Case study in collaboration: Milwaukee Habitat’s role in stabilizing the Washington Park Neighborhood.
  • September 2011
    • Four Habitat affiliates receiving NSP2 funds awarded to Habitat for Humanity International were selected as the event sites for the 2012 AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon. About 400 AmeriCorps members will travel from their Habitat host sites to Dallas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee or Pensacola.
      Article: Locations selected for 2012 AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon.
  • November 2011
    • Building and renovating multi-family condominiums and cooperatives in the Big Apple is a complex endeavor. Fortunately, the staff members at Habitat for Humanity – New York City know how to get it done. Learn about the challenges they, the city and residents face in the housing marketplace. 
      Article: NSP2 in the Big Apple (.pdf).

Year three:

  • February 2012
    • Habitat for Humanity International met the first NSP2 deadline, expending 50 percent of awarded funds before the start of the third and final year. More information and updated progress statistics are included in this article. 
      Article: NSP2 enters its final year ahead of its goals (.pdf).
  • May 2012
    • Two federal programs that Habitat for Humanity International participates in — AmeriCorps and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 — came together in one big event in May: the 2012 AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon. In a two-week span, more than 360 AmeriCorps VISTA and National Direct members split their time between four cities (Milwaukee, Pensacola, Dallas and Los Angeles), helping to build and rehabilitate NSP2-assisted homes for deserving families in neighborhoods stricken by the foreclosure crisis.
      Event coverage: Stories, blogs and photos from each location, along with an NSP2 photo slideshow.
  • June 2012
    • One of the 43 NSP2-assisted homes Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity is currently building received a special distinction this month. It’s the 500th house the Habitat affiliate has built since its founding in 1984. It’s also the first home for Renee Walls, who will share it with her son, Alonzo, and her father, who is battling cancer and currently resides in a nursing home.
      Article: Milwaukee Habitat celebrates 500th house
  • October 2012
    • NSP2 staff members from Habitat for Humanity International and its seven developers—all Habitat affiliates—convened in Naples, Fla., Oct. 9-11 for the third and final NSP2 Peer-Learning and Networking Forum. Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, which is based in Naples, served as host. The forum provided the developers with guidance on NSP2 closeout processes, procedures, support and timelines. It also provided training on building capacity and sustainability, with a particular emphasis on financial sustainability and neighborhood revitalization. Attendees also enjoyed the opportunity to see another developer’s work and the time for purposeful and unstructured peer networking.
      Article: NSP2 staff gathers to share best practices as deadline nears.
  • November 2012
    • The Torres family moved into their NSP2-assisted home in Naples, Fla., nearly two years ago. The rehabilitated, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is the perfect fit for this young family of six, who spent one year crowded in a relative’s home.
      Article: Stability gives family a chance to thrive.
  • January 2013
    • Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity used a portion of NSP2 funds to build out several subdivisions previously abandoned by developers following the collapse of the housing market. Hickory Creek is one of those subdivisions. Located about 25 minutes south of downtown Dallas, the community includes 78 NSP2-assisted homes, one belonging to Cornelius Banks. Banks, who is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair, loves both the accessible, spacious home that the entire family can enjoy, and the close-knit community where neighbors look out for one another. 
    • Article: A big thing happens for a family in Dallas.

Wrap up:

Access to NSP2 funds ended on Feb. 11, 2013, three years after the program began. Work on any unfinished NSP2-assisted homes will continue through November. At that time, all homeowners must hold the titles to their properties.

  • February 2013
    • Habitat for Humanity met the second NSP2 deadline, expending 100 percent of awarded funds by Feb. 11, 2013. The following article provides more information and gives updated progress statistics.
      Article: NSP2 meets financial deadline.
    • Cassandra Bryant survived Hurricane Katrina and a debilitating stroke, but that didn’t stop her from building her own home alongside volunteers and staff members from Pensacola Habitat for Humanity. Bryant’s home is one 373 homes built or rehabilitated by the Florida affiliate with NSP2 funds—133 more than the number they committed to build or rehabilitate originally. 
    • Article: Spotlight on an NSP2 family.