FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2021
Oweesta Joins NeighborWorks America Network as Charter Member
LONGMONT, CO — Oweesta Corporation has been selected as a charter member of the NeighborWorks America network. Oweesta is one of several organizations to join NeighborWorks and its member organizations that serve over 4,500 communities nationwide, focusing on community revitalization, homeownership expansion, and the production of affordable housing to meet the housing needs of hundreds of thousands of people.
“We are so pleased to have these organizations’ breadth of knowledge and expertise in our network,” said NeighborWorks America President & CEO Marietta Rodriguez. “At a time when becoming and staying resilient as a person and community has never been more important, these new NeighborWorks network organizations serve as trusted advisors. Every day they help residents understand all of the services and requirements available to help them own and sustain homes and provide many other services to enhance their lives.”
For more than 40 years, NeighborWorks America has served as the nation’s premier leader in affordable housing and community development working through partnerships, public and private, to drive change at the local level for individuals, families, and communities. Similarly, Oweesta partners with numerous Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to meet the needs of underserved and un-banked Native communities and create opportunities for wealth creation.
“Oweesta is honored to become a member of such an impactful and longstanding organization of affiliates, especially at a time that many Indigenous peoples look to assert our advancement in attaining homeownership on our ancestral lands,” said Chrystel Cornelius, President and CEO of Oweesta. “We have long admired NeighborWorks for uniting and uplifting committed organizations. We are better together. And together, we will strengthen our communities.”
The NeighborWorks network will increase Oweesta’s capacity to train, organize, and advocate for Native CDFIs as they grow the housing market in Indian Country through personalized counseling, homebuyer education, financing, and development of affordable housing. As a chartered member, Oweesta receives organization benefits from funding opportunities, technical assistance, training, and access to a vast network of community-based organizations.
Denisse Ruiz, Communications Officer
About Oweesta Corporation
Oweesta Corporation provides opportunities for Native people to develop financial assets and create wealth by assisting in the establishment of strong, permanent institutions and programs contributing to economic independence and strengthening sovereignty for all Native communities. Oweesta is the longest-standing Native CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) intermediary offering financial products and development services exclusively to Native CDFIs and Native communities.
About NeighborWorks America
For more than 40 years, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., a national, nonpartisan nonprofit known as NeighborWorks America, has strived to make every community a place of opportunity. Our network of excellence includes nearly 240 members in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. NeighborWorks America offers grant funding, peer-exchange, technical assistance, evaluation tools and access to training, as the nation’s leading trainer of housing and community development professionals. NeighborWorks network organizations provide residents in their communities with affordable homes, owned and rented; financial counseling and coaching; community building through resident engagement; and collaboration in the areas of health, employment and education.