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CHI is holding a free “Homebuyer Orientation” program the evening of February 6 in White Plains for prospective first-time homebuyers. In addition to offering a step-by-step guide to homeownership, this meeting will promote the availability of down-payment assistance grants and special low-interest financing to eligible buyers in Westchester.
CHI is partnering with the Housing Development Fund, Inc. (HDF), another regional affordable housing agency, to provide the low-cost loans to eligible first-time homebuyers in Westchester. Under the new SmartMove NY program, prospective buyers can put as little as one-percent down and receive low-cost financing that waives the requirement for private mortgage insurance (PMI).
Additionally, homebuyers may be eligible for down-payment assistance grants of up to $25,000 offered by CHI under its Renters into Owners program. Last year, CHI provided nearly $1 million in down-payment grants to buyers in Westchester and Long Island.
Homeless Men Given Permanent Housing Thanks to New Resource Center on Long Island
CHI’s Resource Center in Patchogue has placed five homeless men in permanent housing since the program launched late last year. “The model appears to be working quite well,” said Rosemary Dehlow, Chief Program Officer.
The one-stop shop is designed to connect homeless individuals with employment, education and social service resources in one location. Since the new supervised center opened in November, it has served approximately 30 homeless individuals, all of whom were referred by the Suffolk County Department of Social Services. The center provides clients access to computers and the Internet for job search, GED classes and social services support.
“The Resource Center experience thus far demonstrates clearly how a comprehensive and individualized approach, provided in a protected and non-threatening environment, can address the root causes of homelessness,” Dehlow said.
A New Year and a New Home for the Branch Family of Medford
For Michael and Annette Branch and their five children, ages 8 to 18, 2014 will be a memorable one. After living for a year in CHI’s homeless residence in Riverhead, the Branches moved into a permanent four-bedroom home in Medford for the new year.
“We are two hard-working parents,” said Annette Branch, “who never even considered that being homeless was a possibility.”
CHI in the News:
Newsday Op-Ed by CHI Executive Director Alexander Roberts
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