Housing Consumer Education Center April Newsletter

Housing Consumer Education Center

April Newsletter

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 veterans@comteam.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

Post-ownership Workshop

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 klerkkila@ghama.org

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 cdyl@comteam.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

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