MA Unclaimed Property – Have You Checked Lately?

Unclaimed-Money-Waiting-For-You

I had posted on this topic a couple of weeks back and have since created a flyer that we have available here in the Resource Center and is available on the right side of the blog for download under “Housing Education Flyers”. We wanted to share with you a recent success story for one of clients who we suggested he put his name into the search engine and lo and behold his name came up twice, for two different pieces of property.

For both listings, it was indicated that the property was valued over $100. Our client went through the process of submitting his claim and received confirmation this week that one of his properties was a paycheck from a former employer in the amount of $936!

So please do see if you have unclaimed funds. It’s free to search and free to file the claim!

VASH Voucher Information Session ~ April 3, 2013

VA

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)

To apply for the VA Bedford HUD-VASH program, Veteran’s must attend one of our informational sessions Continue reading

Rebuilding Together Lowell (Veterans) Still Accepting Applications

** Rebuilding Together Lowell is still accepting applications from low-income homeowners who need home repairs. Preference is given to veterans.

Since being incorporated in 1997, the organization has completed about $1 million worth of repairs on more than 140 houses in Lowell through the donation of more than 25,000 hours of work by 4,000-plus volunteers.

Low-income, elderly or disabled residents, veterans and families with children in Lowell who are unable to maintain their homes due to financial or physical constraints and have homeowners’ insurance are eligible to apply. Work is done by volunteers and with donated materials, at no cost to the homeowner.

Roof repairs, interior and exterior painting, yard work, wall repairs, plumbing and electrical repairs, they gave done it all. And, they want to continue to help you and your neighbors.

If you or anyone you know needs help with home repairs, visit  www.rtlowell.org to download an application. Applications are also available at the Lowell Senior Center, as well as the Office of Neighborhood Services and the Mayor’s Office at City Hall.

Travelers Aid Family Services Seeking Chronic Homeless Veteran Family for a Housing Opportunity

Travelers Aid Family Services Chronic Homeless Housing (CHH) Program

Travelers Aid Family Services is seeking assistance from providers in identifying a chronic homeless family with veteran status. The family identified must meet the following criteria for consideration:

Selection Criteria

1)      Willingness to live in Metro Boston area and comply with Stabilization Agreement

2)      Family Size appropriate for a two bedroom apartment

3)      Chronic Homeless eligibility

  1. must have been living on the street or in shelter for either one continuous year — OR – must have experienced four episodes of homelessness (on the street or in shelter) over a three year period

4)      Residing in Emergency Shelter or on the street at the time of referral

5)      Veteran (with DD-214) Head of Household

6)      Willingness and ability to engage in stabilization services (including developing andworking towards goals on a service plan) Continue reading

Affordable Rental Opportunity – Arlington, MA – Capitol Square Apartments

Affordable Rental Opportunity

Capitol Square Apartments

252-260 Mass Ave Arlington, MA

Applications may be obtained on the web at http://www.peabodyproperties.com

or by calling (781) 794-1000

Completed applications must be received no later than noon on 11/1/12. Mail completed applications to:

Peabody Properties, Inc. c/o Capitol Square, 536 Granite St. Braintree, MA 02184

Housing Consumer Education Center Fall Workshop Schedule & Affordable Housing for Northeast Massachusetts

As I start to compile the regional data for the Network for FY12, I am truly impressed at the quality of the work being done by all of partnering providers. The sheer volume of output, as a collective, is dizzying!

Community Teamwork’s Housing Consumer Education Center in partnership with the Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness, Greater Lawrence Community and Community Action, Inc have joined forces to expand Housing Workshops and resources across Northeastern Massachusetts. Workshops are geared to clients, advocates and community members.

We have updated our Housing & Consumer Education Workshop page which includes two new workshop series.

Financial Assistance Workshop – This workshop will provide participants with a brief overview of services offered at Community Teamwork, information regarding eligibility criteria for various financial resources available through the Housing Consumer Education Center and will outline the documents required for application for financial assistance. All clients seeking financial assistance will participate in this ½ workshop prior to seeing a Housing Counselor. Classes occur the CTI Resource Ctr, 17 Kirk St, Lowell and happens daily at 12pm and Wednesdays at 5pm. Preregistration is not required for this class.

Financial Recovery Workshop – This workshop will identify steps you can take to recover financially and rebuild your credit after experiencing a financial setback. Starting on October, classes will occur the CTI Resource Ctr, 17 Kirk St, Lowell and every Wednesday at 10am. Starting in November, this workshop will be offered each Tuesday at 5pm. Preregistration is not required for this class.

In addition, we have added a new page to the MVRN blog which encapsulates all of the Subsidized and Affordable Housing opportunities in Merrimack Valley- Northeastern Massachusetts

So, take a look around, email, phone or stop in for one of our workshops!

$19Mil in HomeCorp Grants Awarded to Address the Foreclosure Crisis Across the Commonwealth

MORE THAN $19 MILLION IN HOMECORPS GRANTS AWARDED TO ADDRESS FORECLOSURE CRISIS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH

Funding a Result of Multi-State Settlement with Five National Banks in Connection with Illegal Foreclosures and Loan Servicing

BOSTON — More than $19 million HomeCorps grant initiatives has been awarded to organizations and municipalities across the Commonwealth, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.  The grant funding will assist communities and homeowners mitigate the impact of the foreclosure crisis and revitalize distressed neighborhoods. The funding is the result of a nationwide settlement involving the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers and their connection with unlawful foreclosures and loan servicing.

“Our economy will never fully recover until we address the impact of the foreclosure crisis,” AG Coakley said. “The HomeCorps program is designed to provide direct assistance to distressed borrowers and avoid unnecessary foreclosures, and the work of these organizations receiving these funds is a critical component of those efforts.” Continue reading

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell Seeking Home Owners!

Habitat for Humanity of  Greater Lowell

We are looking for Families to be Homeowners!

Fall 2012 we will begin building in Lowell. This is your opportunity to become a local homeowner. Partner family information sessions will be held in Lowell & Billerica. Applications will be distributed at the meetings.

Thursday September 6, 2012- 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Community Teamwork @

155 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA

Saturday September 8, 2012- 10:30 to noon

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

257 Boston Road

Billerica, MA 01821

You MUST attend a meeting to get an application.

RSVP 978-692-0927

info@lowellhabitat.org

Income Targets – 2012

Household

Minimum

Maximum*

Size

30% of Median Income

50% of Median Income

2

$22,300

$37,200

3

$25,100

$41,850

4

$27,850

$46,450

5

$30,100

$50,200

6

$32,350

$53,900

Community Based Housing Units in Leominster

The Watermill apartments in Leominster is currently accepting applications for two 2-bedroom affordable accessible CBH units.

They are expected to be ready for occupancy in mid September.

To obtain an application please contact  Caitlin at Wingate management at 978-840-1420.

To be eligible for one of the CBH units the  person(or family member)  must have a disability, not be a DMH or DDS consumer, and not be  in an institution or at-risk of institutionalization.

The CBH certification form is below: Continue reading