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40th Anniversary

Join us as we celebrate 40 years of strengthening America’s communities

Together with our network of nearly 250 organizations—in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico—NeighborWorks has served an estimated 4 million individuals and families since our founding in 1978.


NeighborWorks’ estimated national impact, 1978-2018


$70 billion

Total investment


4 million

Families assisted with affordable housing



Rental homes constructed, acquired and preserved



    Homes built or   homeowners assisted 

NeighborWorks America today

The mission of NeighborWorks America is to enable every community to be a place of opportunity for its residents. In recognition of the interconnectedness of housing and all facets of community, network members’ services have expanded beyond affordable homes (both owned and rented). Depending on local needs and capabilities, members offer or support services ranging from financial counseling and coaching, to job readiness training, to health interventions, to downtown revitalization. 
While network members deliver their services and programs on the ground, NeighborWorks America facilitates their success through grant funding, training, peer-exchange opportunities, demonstration projects, technical assistance/consulting and evaluation tools. In fact, many NeighborWorks America training programs are open to professionals from non-member organizations and agencies, and now are among the leading training events in the field.

NeighborWorks America
We help build strong, resilient communities by providing people with opportunities to live in safe, healthy and affordable housing. 

How it all started

NeighborWorks America was born from the determination and dedication of a gutsy housewife named Dorothy Richardson, who led her neighbors in a campaign to clean up and revitalize their Central North Side neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The neighbors persuaded local bankers to extend loans to “unbankable” residents so they could spruce up their homes or buy them from slum lords. The result: the creation in 1968 of the first Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS).

The “winning model” of the NHS in revitalizing an older, urban, low-income neighborhood caught the attention of Federal Home Loan Bank, and soon four more of these unique, local nonprofits were initiated. 
One success leads to another, and by 1973, HUD was paying attention as well—joining the bank to form the Urban Reinvestment Task Force, charged with forming more NHS organizations across the country. This highly successful effort was formalized when Congress passed the NeighborWorks Reinvestment Corporation Act. The rest, as they say, is history.


We're proud of the difference we have made, and look forward to another 40 years.