CTI Housing Consumer Education Center – July 2013 Newsletter

Eligibility for DTA Shelter Placement

Family shelter access is limited to households with minor children. Families seeking shelter through DTA must provide the following documentation:

▪ Foreclosure or judgment for possession in an eviction (Notice to Quit is not enough); or

▪ Overcrowding conditions or uncorrected state sanitary code violations from Board of health or other code enforcement agency; or

▪ Written assessment of threat to health and/or safety provided by domestic violence specialist or housing search provider; or

▪ Written statement from a medical authority describing a medical condition of a family member causing the family to leave its residence; or

▪ Report signed by Fire Dept. or Police/Arson Squad or verbal verification by a member of the Red Cross present at the scene, pending a written report in 5 days; or

▪ A complete (EA-9) Assignment of Potential Fire Insurance; or

▪ A completed (EA-10) Rental Information Form

Proof of Identity of family

▪ Massachusetts state personal identification card or Massachusetts driver’s license

▪ Birth certificates for all children

▪ Social Security cards for all family members

Proof of Income (4 consecutive weeks or one month)

▪ Pay stubs

▪ Unemployment benefit

▪ Social Security payments

▪ Disability payment

More Than Wheels

More Than Wheelsis an award-winning non-profit that helps people get the best deal on a reliable, fuel-efficient car by negotiating with dealers to secure the lowest price and providing the lowest interest rate available. MTW provides financial education by giving people the tools and knowledge they need to improve and maintain financial stability.

Whether you have good credit or need help with your finances, MTW car-buying experts will help you find the car that fits your needs; will negotiate with the dealer and the bank on your behalf to get the lowest price and interest rates; will help you save gas and repairs with a reliable, fuel-efficient car.

MTW features a comprehensive Financial Fitness course that can help you raise your credit score and improve your financial planning. MTW has helped over 1,500 New England residents save money and plan for the future. Since 2001, MTW has helped thousands of families finance more than $16 million in loans so they can buy a reliable car for the future.

CONTACT INFO:

Massachusetts Main Office 89 South Street, Suite LL02 Boston, Ma 02111 866-455-2522

 New Hampshire Main Office: 250 Commercial Street Suite 4021 Manchester, NH 03101 866-455-2522

An application can be completed online. A More Than Wheels consultant will contact you within 1-2 days.

UMASS Lowell Healthy Homes Program

UMass/Lowell is looking for families to participate in the Lowell Healthy Homes Program. UMass/Lowell will be assessing homes for conditions that cause health and safety problems for the children who live there. UMass/Lowell will also suggest a plan to fix any problems that are found. Special attention will be given to things in the home that cause asthma to get worse.

HOW TO QUALIFY

 You must have at least one child living with you who has been diagnosed with asthma. The child must be no more than 14 years of age. You must be considered low-to-moderate income status and live in Lowell.

 What Can You Expect?

You will receive a free health and safety home assessment by a qualified Home Health Assessment Worker. This will take from 1.5 to 2 hours. A work plan will then be developed in order to fix any problems.You will receive free education relating to asthma. You may also receive items such as mattress covers, cleaning and storage products. Items that are given depend upon the needs of your family and home. The Home Health Assessment Worker will make 4-5 visits at your home within a 9-10 month period. Translators are available in Spanish and Khmer. You will be asked to complete a final evaluation in order to make sure all of the work was completed properly. This evaluation will take about an hour. For more information, contact Bophamony Vong at 978-322-8528 or Carla Caraballo at 978-322-8541.

Upcoming CTI workshops

Apartment Search/Smart tenant Workshop    Every Monday 1pm – for those that are seeking rental start up costs

Financial Workshops Monday – Friday 12p & Wednesdays 5 PM  – for those clients applying for financial assistance.

Free legal Advice, 4th Wednesday of each month. The opportunity to meet with a legal services attorney. You must sign up in advance by contacting the Housing Consumer Education Center at 978-459-0551.

Subsidized Housing Workshops       July 3     9 AM (English)

                                                                           July 10    5:30 PM (English)

                                                                           July 17   Wed. 11 AM (Spanish);

                                                                           July 24   Wed.11 AM(English)

Veteran’s Benefits Workshop           Tue July 2; Tue July 23 10-11 AM

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