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Free Section 8 workshop. Save 70 percent on apartment rents.

Attend the How to Get Your Section 8 Housing Voucher free workshop is offered at 10 AM on Monday, November 20th at Codman Square Health Center, 634 Washington Street, Dorchester 02124.  617-822-8772.  You may contact dev corps serving your town for this information.  See list of CDCs


 

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Section 8 Voucher Workshop

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landlord references for apartment lottery and Section 8 apps help you win.

Accurate landlord addresses on applications will help you win in lotteries and waitlist selections.   It has been reported than when the landlord reference sections are blanked or when the information is incomplete, applications are being passed over.

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This information has been shared by HousingWorks, the Fenway based subsidized housing advocate. You can use HousingWorks to search and find Section 8 openings here. You will also find Waitlists opportunities there.

Go to  this product link to download our latest Affordable Housing Leads Package


Landlord References click link to download the procedure to find any ex-landlord reference.

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Somerville’s 100 Homes development seeks homeless tenants

Somerville Housing Corporation

This affordable housing deal has a  preference for Chronically Homeless families and individuals or Homeless families and individuals. 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are available.

100 HOMES
Address: 52 Sydney Street and 296 Alewife Brook Parkway, Somerville.

Click to get the lottery papers.
Tenants will pay 30% of their income for rents. Maximum earnings apply. Selection is by lottery. The deadline to return applications is 4PM on December 28, 2017

Chronically Homeless – As more fully defined at 24 CFR 578.3, a homeless individual with a disability who lives in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter AND who has been homeless and lived in such places continuously for at least 12 months or on 4 separate occasions in the last 3 years (with the 4 occasions totaling at least 12 months and separated by at least 7 consecutive
days of other housing); or a Family with an adult head of household who meets this same criteria.

Homeless – A household who lives in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or an emergency shelter

Click to get 50 more affordable housing deals

 

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This is your seat, your chance to control $20 million set aside for affordable housing, parks and historic preservation.

A friend sent this letter.  We sharing it with you.  You are asked to join Boston’s Community Preservation Committee before 11/8. You’ll influence $20 million in spending on affordable housing, historic preservation and parks.


From: Christine Poff <christine.poff@boston.gov>
Date: October 27, 2017 at 11:50:03 AM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Apply for the Community Preservation Committee

Dear Friends,

You have either expressed interest in being on Boston’s new Community Preservation Committee or someone has recommended you for one of the four at-large seats.
As you may know, the Community Preservation Act was passed by nearly 75% of Boston’s voters last fall and will bring $20 million to the city every year for parks, affordable housing, and historic preservation.
The Community Preservation Committee will be responsible for setting priorities for funding, reading proposals from across the city for projects in the three areas, and making recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.
It is an exciting time for our neighborhoods in Boston! We are hoping to have a large, diverse pool of applicants for the Committee. Please consider applying – but act quickly – the deadline is Thursday, November 9th.
You can learn more, complete an online application or download one to do by hand – check out the new Community Preservation pages on the website!
If you have any questions, please call or email! If you know others who might be interested in applying, share this email with them. You are all deeply engaged in your communities or the city – you know good candidates!
Thanks so much,
Christine
 Christine Poff
Community Preservation Director
o: 617-635-0277
c: 617-908-4002
26 Court St, 9th floor
Boston, MA 02108
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Where 6,000 Boston AirBnB rental and short corporate properties squeeze out neighborhood renters.

6000 AirBnB rentals in Boston

Colleen Fitzpatrick at the Fenway Community Development Corporation held an informative AirBnB public forum on October 17th.


Download our latest Lottery Lead Package dated Oct 28th for new chances to win.


The problem is as many see it, properties owner greed and expenses are covered by AirBnb and  Corporations when they pay owners top dollars per day for properties reliable tenants have been renting for years. Tenant leases terminate, prices rise, or the leases are not renewed, so out they go and in comes AirBnb and Corporate guests.

Its a vicious circle.

 

The City of Boston benefits because real estate taxes rises. Property owners benefits from more revenue. Renters are screwed.

HOUSING WORKS UPDATES
For very low income renters.

  • The  9 Williams St  lottery opens Oct 16th. Click that link for NOVEM?BER  lotteries including those that are Open Enrollment all year long.

    The Williams Street  property has 3 one-bedroom units for extremely low income households. It also has a small number of Affordable units for those who have vouchers.

  • NEW APPLICATIONS and OPEN WAITLISTS in Cambridge, Mansfield, Worcester, Boston, Swampscott and more
  • UPDATED WAITLISTS THAT JUST OPENED:
  • Housing Works updated thouands of Section 8 an public housing Wait List in their database.( CLICK) This database to search by Zip Code  yourself.Does the HousingWorks Online Database include all affordable housing opportunities.  Answer: No, but it includes most all  Public Housing, and Section 8 rental property in Massachusetts where you pay 30% of  your income for rent, if you have an approved housing voucher.
  • How can you apply for a voucher to pay 30% of  your income on rent?
    Click here to get yours.

 

What does Housing Works Do?
ans: it is a system that automates your search. You have to be willing to complete a 7 page application on paper. Then, a “housing advocate,” these are special people or organizations with the authority to use the Housing Works System, will input your material.  From that point, your chance of getting on WaitList for Section 8 properties is greatly enhanced.   Does it guarantee you will find what you ware looking for. No.

Who are Housing Advocates?
ans:  Most community development organizations are or can hook you up with one.  [ see a list ]. Others are social workers and government contract specific housing adjusters.

Most of these waitlists are subsidized lists – where you pay:   30% of income!

Depending on the Authority or Property, these lists are open to:
Families
Individuals
Elders
Persons of any age with various disabilities
Veterans

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4 organizations that have affordable housing and cheap rental apartment lottery opportunities in Boston and Massachusetts.

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Affordable Housing Lottery Opportunities in Massachusetts and Boston.

Getting into one is a strategic  dance, like that of the expert ballerina in photo.
( file photo: Misty Copeland, JFK Library book tour, August 2017)

These three  organizations listed below ( see links ) and the one apartment developer advertise a lot of affordable, income-restricted  rental and ownership product to the market.

The City of Boston stated in a report to the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that the mayor’s administration has provided over 8,000 low and moderate income ( new) living spaces recently.

But, according to  our sources, 60,000 people are on a waiting list across the state for “subsidized housing.”

Low income. Moderate income. Affordable. Subsidized. Luck. Advocate:  all words to describe the need.  People are winning the lottery who can only afford the lottery.

And, when a person leaves one affordable unit for another newer affordable unit, there is a vacancy to be filled in that affordable space they left.

But, there there is just not enough affordable housing stock to go around and  meet everyone’s needs, unfortunately.

City of Cambridge Community Development Department – ya’ll know who this is. COC is right across the river from Boston. Its an expensive town to live in, unless of course you get the cheap apartment, housing, affordable living space deal

Rental Applicant Pool (50-80% AMI) – Camb

Middle-Income Rental Program (80-120% AMI) – Camb

SEB – developers of affordable housing in Massachusetts

Affordable Rentals

Affordable Homeownership

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MCO Housing Services – a local government agency servicing West of Boston. Hey, how abot those CDC ( community development corporations.? They constructed all affordable housing in cities and towns. There are over 200 of them. We made a list of CDCs and added most of them to this web site, but the list is not complete. Go here to see the list and add more that you know of.

affordable Rentals

Affordable Homeownership

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Metro West Collaborative Development – a local non profit / government agency serving the well to do towns, including Brookline, Wellesly, Wayland, etc.
Affordable RentalsAffordable Homeownership
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Ready Renter program lets their fingers do the walking to find your next affordable rental.

MetroWest Housing Service coverage area

METROWEST Affordable Housing Staff have an innovative program going on. Its called Ready Renter.   They will TAKE you in and spend an hour on your personal rental search just for You.  You can use Section 8 or no. Call them at 617-923-3505 ext. 8. but if I were you,  I would CLICK HERE to download their application, and have it handy when you call. That way you are far ahead.

METROWEST is a  housing assistance organization placing people in affordable properties in the towns of  Hudson, Bolton, Littleton, Stow, Concord, Sudbury, Lincoln, Framingham, Natick, Weston, Wayland, Wellesley, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Lexington, Bedford, Watertown, Belmont and Brookline.

MetroWest Housing Service coverage area
The towns covered by MetroWest Housing Services

FOUR More AFFORDABLE RENTALS came out since the least lead sheet was loaded onto our screens. See list below, click the Lottery Info Links to pull up papers.  .

Rental

1060 Belmont Street

Watertown

02420

Until Deadline

 

Application

Lottery Info

October 6, 2017

5:00 PM

Rental

11 on the Dot

11 Dorchester Street

South Boston

02127

September 25, 2017 –

October 4, 2017

 

Lottery Info

October 11, 2017

5:00 PM

Rental

450 Cambridge Street

Allston

02134

September 25, 2017 –

October 4, 2017

 

Lottery Info

October 11, 2017

5:00 PM

Rental

Keeler Farms

Lexington

02420

Until Deadline

 

Application

Lottery Info

October 13, 2017

5:00 PM

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Amazon’s 50,000 promised jobs and the Section 8 Waiting list of 60,000 households are numbers with a lot of zeros.

Amazon job promises are gold coin to city revenue collectors.   Don’t let it just be about money, Boston. People you can download the latest lottery leads package where income-restricted earners can apply for affordable rentals or homes to buy before deadline from sources listed in  links.


Non-profit affordable housing advocates, community social workers, agencies, activists and local governments are stretching ahead to build as much affordable housing as they can. Then, all of a sudden, 50,000 jobs might come if Boston beats the competition and lands the new Amazon headquarters and those workers would buy a lot of units, adding even more pressure on the competition for units that people Who Need Them will be harder to get.

If THEY build that HQ here.

If they don’t come, okay – why would the cities not be building affordable housing on the million acre parcels at Suffolk Downs or at the Flower Exchange area designated for Amazon now?  Money? City Managers want revenue upfront. It takes a while to recoup affordable housing investments, It takes years. When an apartment building in the Charles River area was built, it had a 30-year agreement under it to keep lease rents affordable.

See what I mean.

Section 8 – A wait list report is due out on the 60,000 households on various Section 8 Housing Voucher WaitList across the state for vacant public housing priced units where no more than 30% what ever it is, of your income is charged out to rent. So, if you think it was you who couldn’t find a free Section 8 apt,  it ain’t just you.  The author of the report warns that the results will be very negative. He reports soon and we’ll let you know.

 

 

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When you make this salary in Boston, only then can you afford regular open market real estate.

“Affordable housing” is not a house. It is a concept put forth by economists and housing policy makers who prescribe that you Should be Spending 30% of your income and no more, on ALL your monthly HOUSING COSTS!

Thirty PerCent!

view the lottery leads package to apply for 30% of income rentals

“All” means your share of the rent or mortgage plus insurance, taxes, condo fees if any and heating cost.  A web site compares cities and determined what it takes to buy a house there. In hot Atlanta, which has emerged as a significant Black Hollywood movie making town, you need to make $45,000 a year to get a mortgage that buys a decent house.

In Boston, you need to make $98,000 a year to do that, according to the survey results from www.hsh.com 

I can relate to that. When I had an Atlanta apartment near the Strip and Piedmont Park, rent was $125/mo. I moved on up to Buckhead. That apt had more space, was in a safer neighborhood and cost a tiny bit more. I left Atlanta, lived in DC, and eventually moved to Boston. Washington DC Dupont Circle was 30% less rent than an equivalent unit at 220 Jamaicaway Boston. But Boston cost triple my Atlanta rent rate at the time. Actually, it still does!

Fifty-three thousand new housing units are needed in Boston between now and the year 2025 to accommodate the increase in population being estimated.  Boston has an estimated 634,000 residents today.  The city is expected to have 700,000 residents in it soon.

A commenter on the Houston Hurricane said you can’t concrete over everything because the water needs a place to go when it builds up.  That’s a lesson to be learned.  All new high rise development is doing that to the surrounding streets, in my opinion.


To quants:  Check out this data from MAPC, the Metropolian Area Planning Council HQ Boston. MAPC estimites more than 400,000 new housing units — mostly multifamily, and mostly in urban areas–will be needed by the year 2040 in Metro Boston.   web site

– @movef Concierge post

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Fresh lottery listing apartments in South Boston, Worcester and the cheap North End condos.

Fresh lottery listings. Rentals and Condos on sale.
End of the month August 2017

 


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