Community Teamwork ~ Housing Consumer Education Center Newsletter
December 2012 Edition
Coats for Kids
Free coats are available now!!!
WHEN: Families can pick up coats every Wednesday from 1 PM to 4 PM starting November 14 and running through January 30, 2013.
WHERE: 430 Broadway Street in Lowell (Use rear entrance)
Those who need coats must be present.
For more information, please call 978-459-0551
THE HOPE CHEST
The Hope Chest is a new resale shop in downtown Lowell that carries gently used children’s clothing and items for newborns to teens at very affordable prices.
The Hope Chest is owned and operated by House of Hope. All funds raised at the Hope Chest go right back into supporting House of Hope’s Workforce development Program.
Donations can be dropped off at 812 Merrimack Street in Lowell.
OPEN: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 AM to 2 PM.
WHERE: 397 Market Street in Lowell
CONTACT: 978-455-5301 or www.hopechestlowell.org.
Gas and electric companies cannot terminate heat related service from November 15 through March 15. The latter date may be extended through April. You should check with your fuel assistance agency to see.
ELIGIBILITY FOR FUEL ASSISTANCE
Just about everyone who meets the income guidelines may be eligible. People who live in subsidized housing and pay 30% or less of your income to rent and have heat included in rent are not eligible for fuel assistance.
Otherwise, you may be a citizen or non-citizen. You may pay for your own heat, or it can be included in your rent. You may use any type of heating (gas, oil, electricity, propane etc). Your gross family income must be within limits:
Family of 1 $30,751
Family of 2 $40,213
Family of 3 $49,675
Family of 4 $59,137
Family of 5 $68,598
Family of 6 $78,060
Fuel assistance will pay your heating bills up to your benefit level. If you pay your own heating bills, fuel assistance will make payments directly to your heating company. The payments will be made up to your benefit limit for heating fuel used between November 1 and April 30.
If you are eligible for fuel assistance and are facing a heating emergency, your fuel application will be processed quickly if you have no heat for any reason, if you have received a final shut off notice, if you have less than a 3-day supply of fuel, if you are a tenant with heat included and will be evicted in 72 hours.
Looking Beyond Mass. For Subsidized Housing
Following is a list of housing authorities in Connecticut for those willing and interested in approaching subsidized housing outside of Massachusetts:
Ansonia Housing Authority 203-736-8888
Bloomfield Housing Authority 860-953-0002
Bridgeport Housing Authority 203-337-8900
Clinton Housing Authority 860-669-6383
Danbury Housing Authority 860-744-2500
Darien Housing Authority 203-655-0866
Derby Housing Authority 203-735-6652
East Hampton Housing Authority 860-267-8498
East Hartford Housing Authority 860-290-8301
Fairfield Housing Authority 203-366-6578
Farmington Housing Authority 860-673-8223
Glastonbury Housing Authority 860-652-7570
Greenwich Housing Authority 203-869-1138
Hartford Housing Authority 860-723-8420
Litchfield Housing Authority 860-747-4000
Meriden Housing Authority 203-235-0157
New Britain Housing Authority 860-225-3534
New Haven Housing Authority 203-498-8800
New London Housing Authority 860-443-2851
Stamford Housing Authority 203-977-1400
Waterbury Housing Authority 203-596-2640
West Hartford Housing Authority 860-953-0002
NEARLISTINGS.ORG is a service provided by Community Teamwork whereby landlords and tenants can hook up. Landlords have access to the site in order to post new apartment listings. Tenants can go on and search for an apartment that suits their specific needs. There are currently 55 postings on the site from Lowell and from surrounding communities. The listings give very detailed information about the available units and often have photographs showing the interior of the units.
NEARLISTINGS.ORG is a convenient way to browse for affordable apartments and make contact with landlords eager to rent to you. NEARLISTINGS is easily accessible on-line.