First-Time Homebuyer Workshop - Fall 2015

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To prepare residents for homeownership, the Authority is pleased to be able to provide, through a grant from the City’s Community Development Block Grant program, first-time homebuyer educational workshop courses. The purpose of the Holyoke Housing Authority’s homebuyer counseling program is to educate and counsel prospective homebuyers to make informed, voluntary decisions regarding the home buying process. The series covers such topics as: finding the right mortgage product, working with a Realtor, fair housing, home inspection and budgeting. The workshops are offered four times a year, two in English and two in Spanish. 

 

2015 Holyoke Safe and Successful Youth Initiative’s 1st Annual Community Basketball Tournament at Toepfert Apartments

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The HHA was glad to participate in and sponsor the Holyoke Safe and Successful Youth Initiative’s 1st Annual Community Basketball Tournament at Toepfert Apartments on July 31st.  The event hosted 20 teams of youth between the ages of 14-24 years old for an afternoon of 15-minute 3 on 3 games. Congrats to the two winning teams, sponsored by River Valley Counseling Center and CareerPoint.  Many meaningful collaborations were formed and several community agencies and Holyoke residents alike volunteered their time to make the event a success.

MassNAHRO Past President’s Scholarship awarded to Cesar Cruz

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The Holyoke Housing Authority is pleased to announce that Cesar Cruz from Churchill Homes has been awarded the MassNAHRO Past President’s Scholarship to assist in attaining his goals of higher education.  This young man is a true role model to the youth at Holyoke Housing Authority and the community as a whole. Cesar was accepted into the prestigious Upward Bound Program in his freshman year of high school.  During his time with Upward Bound he was designated a Scholar three years in a row, and in the summer of 2014 he became a Senior Leader for the Upward Bound Summer Academy.  In addition to his accomplishments with Upward Bound, during his four years at Holyoke High School, Cesar was also a member of the Holyoke Youth Commission, actively participated in Marching Band and the Crew Team, and was a member of the Student Council. 

Dean Technical High School and HHA Collaboration

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Thanks to the hard work of several outstanding students and instructors from Dean Technical High School new steel railings were replaced at a number of HHA sites. These hand welded railings make a welcome addition to our properties. Thanks to the instructor and students for partnering with the HHA and for the hard work it is truly appreciated!!

Oakhill Home for Sale

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Oakhill Home for Sale

Developed by the Holyoke Housing Authority, Oakhill consists of sixty Victorian-style three and four bedroom single family homes. Designed by Fernando Domenech, an award-winning architect, the homes have an attractive street presence with large front porches, private yards and off-street parking. They also feature 2 1/2 baths, master bedroom with private bath and walk-in closet, a full basement.

The Holyoke Housing Authority is working with the owner of this beautiful four- bedroom Oakhill property to find a new owner. This home was built in 2004 under the Authority’s HOPE VI grant and is offered at a below market value price to an income eligible first time homebuyer. Affordability requirements will remain in place at the time of sale.

To be an eligible buyer you must:

  • Be determined to be income eligible, household income at time of acceptance into the program, with recertification at time of closing, cannot exceed 80% of the area median as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
  • Be a first-time homebuyer (not having owned a home within the past three years)
  • Certify that the home purchased will be the households principle place of residence,
  • Have completed an approved comprehensive first-time homebuyer educational training course

For more information please contact Rita Maccini, Director of Housing Opportunities, at 413-539-2229.

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