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About Richmond Neighborhood Housing Service, Inc.

Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (RNHS) has a long rich history in the City of Richmond. It has provided housing services to Richmond residents since 1981. RNHS was founded by dedicated low- income Richmond residents to address the housing needs within the community and was created to strengthen low income families and neighborhoods through the development and management of housing projects.

RNHS has served hundreds of families and individuals in jeopardy of losing their homes. RNHS has developed, acquired and/or rehabilitated over 400 single family homes including housing developments in blighted and vacant lots to sell or manage as affordable homes to purchase, or rent for low- income families. RNHS has also served residents through our education programs that include financial literacy programs, home loan programs, foreclosure prevention, and affordable rental counseling.

The cornerstone of the organization’s mission is to ensure that East Bay (specific areas include Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo and Pinole) and County residents have access to affordable housing (by definition of those incomes below median levels) and rents; while staying relevant to the current housing crisis conversation taking place in the Bay Area. Currently RNHS is looking to add additional services to its platform to ensure the organizational relevancy.

The landscape of housing services has changed in the City of Richmond; currently RNHS is the only organization with an active concentration in the development and acquisition efforts to secure properties for low income families. The AHEAD grant will be instrumental in our efforts in developing the next stage of our work; this work includes the promotion of homeownership and affordable rents, and launching an advocacy component to ensure that under represented and underserved communities within the area RNHS ( Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, and Pinole) serves are not ignored as significant dollars (NHTF- National Housing Trust Fund) are distributed through communities to address the rental housing benefiting extremely low income (ELI) households (75%) and the needs of very low income (VLI) households(25%) serving communities that have been labeled to have the greatest disparity related to income and housing.

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RNHS continues to work for a more just and equitable society.

RNHS is a HUD-approved Housing Counseling agency

More information on our affiliations can be found at

Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services Flyer 2018

Board of Directors

Position: President
Tri-Valley Bank – Financial Institutions

A graduate of the University of San Francisco with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development, Maxine has worked in banking for the past 20 years in various positions with banks. She currently serves as Vice-President/Relationship Manager at Tri-Valley Bank in San Ramon. Prior to entering the world of banking, she worked in the airline industry for 17 years in Detroit, Michigan in Operations and San Francisco in Sales as an Account Executive in the Financial District.

In addition to serving on the board of RNHS, she chairs the board of Opera Noir, an organization dedicated to identifying talented young people of color and helping them get into the classical arts. She’s also a member of the board of directors of Progressive Transitions, a non-profit dedicated to helping women break the cycle of domestic violence victimization, and she volunteers for the Oakland Symphony.

Position: Secretary
Old Republic Title Company

Niels Povlsen is a specialist in developing and managing profitable programs, departments, and operations. Niels has over 32 years of Title Insurance and Escrow experience. His experience is emphasized with expertise in Management and Sales. Niels has worked with high-profile companies such as Fidelity National Title Company, First American Title Company and Transamerica Title Company.

A leader in his community, Niels is affiliated with organizations such as the NAIOP, ICSC, Oakland Chamber of Commerce and Wire. He is also co-founder of a Bay Area adult singles cycling and hiking club, Hikanbyke. The club’s 450 members range in age from mid 40’s to mid 70’s. Members are involved in a multitude of group activities, in addition to regular hiking and cycling events.

Position: Parliamentarian

Sound Investments Inc.

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Resident Cortez

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Feagley Realtors

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Capital Impact Partners

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Creating a more just and equitable society requires a great deal of financial and intellectual capital. Our sincere support and appreciation is extended to the following individuals and corporations for their continued support of the people and programs of East Bay RNHS:


RNHS offers many opportunities for businesses, organizations and individuals looking to make a lasting difference in the lives of families and communities in need. For more information on becoming an RNHS partner or sponsor, contact our Main Office at (510) 237-6459.

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