NIBC Hires new President and CEO, Arturo Puckerin
The Board of Directors of Neighborhoods Incorporated of Battle Creek (NIBC) are pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Arturo Puckerin as NIBC’s new President and CEO, effective December 13, 2021.
Mr. Puckerin has regional ties to the industry with experience in advocacy, community services, mental health, grant writing, and governmental relations. Mr. Puckerin has also has served as a nonprofit consultant in board development, fund development, and strategic planning. Coming to NIBC from the Executive Director role at Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership, he has extensive human services non-profit experience specializing in underserved communities, providing services to low-income individuals through eviction diversion rental assistance, utility shut-off protection assistance, emergency food, transportation vouchers, rental and foreclosure prevention counseling, and much more.
Mr. Puckerin holds a BS degree in Criminal Justice from Buffalo State College, a Graduate Degree from Liberty University, and an MPA in Public Administration from Strayer University in Washington, DC. During the Transition, Kristyn Denison acted as the Senior Managing Director. Dr. L.E Johnson on behalf of the board states, "The NIBC Board of Directors would also like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to Kristyn Denison, Senior Managing Director, for NIBC, for her leadership leading up to and during our CEO search process, well done!"
New Program Spotlight: Emergency Housing Vouchers
Through the Battle Creek Housing Commission, Neighborhoods Inc. has the ability to provide emergency housing assistance through section 8 vouchers to individuals and families who:
- Are homeless or at risk of being homeless
- Fleeing, or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, or
- Were recently homeless or have a high risk of housing instability.
Due to the demand for Emergency Housing Vouchers, we are looking for landlords who are open to renting to individuals receiving section 8!
We would like to encourage all landlords to add themselves to our list of prospective landlords providing assistance for emergency rehousing is a vital step in ensuring the safety of our community members.
If you would like to be considered as a landlord for future EHV housing, please contact Lacey at 269-968-1113X136.
LET'S GO HOME
Stable homes are the very foundation of a strong community. NIBC’s four program lines include education & counseling, real estate asset management, financial services, and community engagement. Each of these programs caters to specific needs and interests of the community. Neighborhoods has affordable and exceptional, high quality housing opportunities that attract families to purchase and lease homes throughout the city. This, in turn, provides the workforce needed to retain industry and attract even more residents, jobs, and business to Battle Creek. It is a pattern and our passion, which shows in our proven results. As one of our home buyers said after her closing, “Let’s go home.”
NIBC is now home to the Calhoun County Housing Services (HARA).
Formerly known as Summit Pointe Housing Service, the Calhoun County Housing Service Provides a dedicated path to assisting and directing clients down the right path the stable housing. The Calhoun County Housing Services oversees the Housing Assessment Resource Agency (HARA) for Calhoun county.
To learn more about the HARA, visit our page.
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Neighborhoods Incorporated of Battle Creek
47 N Washington Avenue
Battle Creek, Michigan 49037
Phone: (269) 968-1113