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Program Spotlight: Disaster Response – A Perfect Example of Partnership

As Oklahomans know, tornadoes are common in our state, with dozens touching down throughout the state each year.  But the 2013 tornado season was different.  In Moore, OK, that year a category E5 tornado– the most powerful measure– hit with winds exceeding 200 miles per hour and led to the loss of more than 20 lives and destruction of more than 1,100 homes.  The some $2 billion in residential and commercial devastation was unprecedented.

As we were planning our response to the disaster, we realized that we didn’t have the financial resources to do all that we wanted to do to help.  That’s where having a relationship with NeighborWorks America was key.  As preliminary damage estimates were coming in, we stayed in touch with NeighborWorks America and kept our focus on providing housing assistance.  Our initial efforts focused on our housing counselors stepping in and helping homeowners navigate a dizzying array of forms, processes and guidelines required by various organizations.  We learned from homeowners that the emotional impact of losing your home is almost impossible to imagine.  Most homeowners are overwhelmed with that loss, which can make it difficult to shift gears to start the recovery process.  Additionally, we worked to secure temporary and permanent housing.  Using a $100,000 grant from NeighborWorks America and donations of 15 foreclosed properties by J.P. Morgan Chase and Bank of America, we were able to offer real, tangible housing help quickly.  And, in months after the disaster, we worked with NeighborWorks America organizations to install storm shelters in existing homes and multi-family projects and include them in future developments.

Application Instructions

To apply for Down Payment Assistance, complete the Down Payment Assistance Application.  Once the application is completed and you have the documents required for the application (see Page 3 of the Home Buyer Assistance Handbook), contact our office to schedule an appointment to submit your Down Payment Assistance application.

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Scheduling Instructions

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our Housing Counselor, complete and submit the Pre-Purchase Triage form, and we’ll contact you to schedule an appointment.

The completed Pre-Purchase Triage form can be emailed (amandaj@nhsokla.org), faxed (405-231-5137), mailed (4301 N Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73118), or hand delivered to Neighborhood Housing Services Oklahoma office.

Once your appointment is scheduled, complete the Pre-Purchase Counseling Packet.  You will need to bring this document to your scheduled appointment.

To submit your forms online to NHS: 

  1. Open the form(s) and fill them out.  You will need Adobe PDF Reader.
  2. Save the form(s) to your computer.
  3. Go here to upload and submit your form(s) to NHS.
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Application Instructions

If you are interested in applying for a USDA 502 Direct Loan, complete and submit the RD Personal Profile intake form.  NHSOK staff will review the information and will contact you with additional information.

The completed RD Personal Profile form can be emailed (lindar@nhsokla.org), faxed (405-231-5137), mailed (4301 N Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73118), or hand delivered to Neighborhood Housing Services Oklahoma office.

To submit your forms online to NHS: 

  1. Open the form(s) and fill them out.  You will need Adobe PDF Reader.
  2. Save the form(s) to your computer.
  3. Go here to upload and submit your form(s) to NHS.
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Foreclosure Assistance Instructions

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our Housing Counselor, complete and submit the Triage for Foreclosure Prevention form, and we’ll contact you to schedule an appointment.

The completed Triage for Foreclosure Prevention form can be emailed (emmam@nhsokla.org), faxed (405-231-5137), mailed (4301 N Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73118), hand delivered to Neighborhood Housing Services Oklahoma office, or submitted online.  

Once your appointment is scheduled, complete and sign the following forms:

You will be required to bring these forms with your to your scheduled appointment.

To submit your forms online to NHS: 

  1. Open the form(s) and fill them out.  You will need Adobe PDF Reader.
  2. Save the form(s) to your computer.
  3. Go here to upload and submit your form(s) to NHS.
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