Housing Consumer Education Center
Alternative Housing Voucher Program
(From the Executive office of Housing & Community Development)
The Alternative Housing Voucher program (AHVP) provides rental vouchers to disabled applicants who are not elderly and who have been determined eligible for Chap. 667 (elderly and disabled) housing.
Eligible tenants will pay either 25% or 30% of their net income to the landlord, depending on whether or not the utilities are included in the rent, and the state’s local housing authority will pay the remainder.
Eligible applicants are those eligible under Chap. 667 elderly and disabled but who are under the age of 60.
Applicants can apply at any one of 39 local housing agencies that have received an allocation of Alternative Housing Vouchers [including Brockton HA, Cambridge HA, Acton HA, Newburyport HA] If eligible, their names will be placed on a wait list. Once their name reaches the top of the list, the applicant will be given a briefing on all aspects of the program. During the briefing, the applicant will receive an AHVP Voucher which allows 120 days to locate appropriate housing. The vouchers can be used throughout Massachusetts only.
For more information, contact the Bureau of State Rental Assistance at 617-573-1150.
Veterans’ Information Education Workshops
Workshops to educate veterans and their families as to the programs, benefits and services available to them will begin twice monthly starting in April. Workshops are conducted by veterans’ specialist Roland Cartier the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10 AM to 11 AM at 17 Kirk Street in the CTI Resource Center.
To register, call Roland Cartier at 978-654-5613 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newburyport Pre-Purchase Workshop
First Time Homebuyer Workshop
DATE: Saturdays, April 21 and 28 from 10 AM to 3:30 PM
SPONSOR: Coastal Homebuyer Education, Inc.
COST: $50 per household
For information and registration, call Ellie at 978-992-4106 or email EOLeary@CoastalHB.org
Certificates are handed out at the end of the Saturday workshop.
GLOUCESTER WORKSHOP for NEW HOME OWNERS
DATE: Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday April 25, 2012
TIME: 6 PM to 9 PM
LOCATION: 259 Washington Street, Gloucester
CONTACT: Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770 x 110 or email at email@example.com
COST: $30 less early discount
This class is aimed for people in the first year of owning their first home but open to anyone.
Chelmsford First Home Buyer Education
Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 17, 19 and 24 2012
TIME: 6 PM to 8:30 PM
LOCATION: Call to get directions to class
SPONSOR: Community Teamwork, Inc.
CONTACT: Cathy Dyl at 978-459-0551 x5614 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org COST: $50 per household
Homelessness Prevention Fundraiser
APRIL 19, 2012 6 PM to 10 PM
At the Lowell memorial Auditorium
JOIN US ABOARD The Mighty Merrimack Riverboat Queen
In a Fundraiser to help prevent homelessness in the Merrimack Valley.
Try your luck at casino games and enjoy the dazzling Mirage Female Impersonators, fortune tellers, raffles, auctions, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and spectacular prizes
$50 Per Ticket— You receive $1000 of Casino Play Money and are entered into a raffle for a special door prize of $500. You need not be present to win.
Call 978-459-0551 or visit www.comteam.org
Sponsored by Community Teamwork Inc and Enterprise Bank.
Upcoming CTI Workshops
Foreclosure Prevention Every other Thursday for 2 hours from 5:30 to 7:30 PM . To register, call 978-0600 x3
Employment and Training 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 10AM -11 AM
Subsidized Housing Workshops
Apr 4 @ 2:00(English); Apr 11 @ 5:30 PM(Eng), Apr 18 @ 2 PM (Spanish); Apr 25 @ 11 AM(English)
Eviction Process & Tenants Rights Workshop Apr 13 and 27 1-2 PM
GED Classes—Ongoing Enrollment Contact Myriam Alexander-Kearns at 978-654-5722 or Yolande Pere at 978-654-5719.
First Time Home Buyer Class Apr 17,19, 24 & 26 6 PM to 8:30 PM at McFarlin Manor, 10 Wilson Street Chelmsford
Veteran’s Benefits Workshop Tue Apr 10; Tue Apr 24 10-11 AM