Home Buyer Services

Home Start Inc. and HomeStart for Veterans

Mailing Address: 
105 Chauncy Street, Suite 502 Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 
617.542.0338
Email: 
homestart@homestart.org
Website: 
homestart.org
Organization's Mission: 
Founded on the principle that every person deserves a decent place to live, for over 20 years HomeStart has ended and prevented homelessness. HomeStart advocates provide support and compassion as they help walk clients through the difficult process of moving from shelters to permanent housing. After securing housing, HomeStart continues to help each participant re-integrate into their community by providing support services such as money management programs and life skills training. HomeStart also provides housing-search guidance to those who do not qualify to become a client during walk-in hours at both the Central Boston and Cambridge offices. HomeStart is also one of the first and one of the largest agencies in Boston that ends homelessness by preventing it in the first place. Our advocates have prevented over 3,000 low-income families and individuals on the verge of eviction from being homeless, by using innovative approaches such as – emergency mini grants, court intervention, and landlord mediation. For HomeStart to prevent an eviction it costs on average $726. It costs taxpayers approximately $30,000 a year to shelter that same family. Having a home restores a person’s dignity and offers the stability that is necessary for making other life changes, such as securing a job, advancing an education, regaining mental health stability, or maintaining sobriety. That’s why at HomeStart, we believe a home is where the start is.
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 
Daily
Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 
Linda Wood-Boyle
Other information: 
HomeStart for Veterans is a program delivered in partnership with the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Boston Housing Authority. Advocates assist homeless military veterans and veteran families throughout the Greater Boston area in the housing search process and then provide them with upfront financial costs upon move-in.

Project COPE, Inc.

Mailing Address: 
280 Union Street (2nd Floor Willow Medical Building) Lynn, MA 01902
Phone: 
781-581-9270
Email: 
projectcope@bridgewell.org
Website: 
www.projectcope.com
Organization's Mission: 
In January 2014, Project COPE merged with Bridgewell. Since 1970, Project COPE, a non-profit organization, has been providing substance abuse services. COPE’s role has expanded to include services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, developing a network of home care services, and offering management consulting services to other organizations as well. COPE seeks to help people achieve their fullest potential in medical, social, educational and emotional dimensions.
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 
Office hours Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 
Fees: 30% of income
Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 
Director
Scholarships available: 
No
Vouchers accepted: 
No
Charge for services: 
No
Transportation provided: 
No
Number of people served each year: 
1-50

Lynn Shelter Association

Mailing Address: 
91 Liberty Street Lynn, MA 01901
Phone: 
781-595-3290
Website: 
http://www.lsahome.org/
Organization's Mission: 
Lynn Shelter Association (LSA) provides shelter and support services to homeless individuals and families in the Greater Lynn area, fostering their self-sufficiency and a return to an independent life. It is our goal to offer programs that support the diverse needs of our clients in a respectful, comprehensive, and cohesive way; to develop and maintain housing, administrative, and income generating properties andfacilities that support our mission and enhances our financial stability ; to be a community asset; to build strong community ties and collaborations.
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 
24 hours per day, 365 days per year
Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 
Director
Scholarships available: 
No
Vouchers accepted: 
No
Charge for services: 
No
Transportation provided: 
No
Number of people served each year: 
1-50
Other information: 
Lynn Emergency Shelter: 100 Willow Street Lynn, Lynn MA 01901 781-581-6600 Bridge House Family Shelter: 24 Baker Street Lynn, MA 01902 781-593-3898 Transitions: 149 Washington Street Peabody, MA 01960 978-538-5392 Shelter Plus Care: 103 Liberty Street Lynn, MA 01901 781-596-3290 Great Hill Program: 33 High Street Lynn, MA 01901 781-593-3484 Green House Family Shelter: 95 Green Street Lynn, MA 01902 781-346-6568 Women's Transitional Housing Program: 8 Rogers Ave Lynn, MA 01902 781-592-5877 CSPECH Program: 100 Willow Street Lynn, MA 01901 781-691-7060

Help for Abused Women and their Children (HAWC)

Mailing Address: 
Salem Office 27 Congress Street Salem, MA 01970
Phone: 
(978) 744-6841, HOTLINE: 1-800-547-1649
Website: 
http://hawcdv.org/
Organization's Mission: 
The purpose of HAWC is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression. HAWC provides services and support to victims of domestic violence residing in 23 cities and towns on Massachusetts’ North Shore in order that they may make informed, independent decisions about their futures.
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 
daily.
Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 
Ray Carey
Scholarships available: 
No
Vouchers accepted: 
No
Charge for services: 
No
Transportation provided: 
No
Number of people served each year: 
1-50
Other information: 
if shelter is full or it is not safe to stay on the North Shore, SafeLink (877) 785-2020 can provide referrals to other domestic violence shelters across the state.

BridgeHouse & GreenHouse Family Shelters

Mailing Address: 
BridgeHouse Family Shelter 24 Baker Street Lynn, MA 01902 GreenHouse Family Shelter 95 Green Street Lynn, MA 01902
Phone: 
Bridgehouse: 781-593-3898 Greenhouse: 781-346-6568
Email: 
danielle.rossewey@lsahome.org
Website: 
http://bridgehousefamily.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/bridgehouselynn
Organization's Mission: 
BridgeHouse derived its name from the new housing concept at that time, “bridge housing,” which is an alternative temporary housing arrangement that seeks to bridge the gap between homelessness and independent residency. The mission of the house is to provide a continuum of strong support services for each family to establish self-sufficient lifestyles, and restore self-esteem and dignity to the head of the household and children. Today at BridgeHouse 11 families participate in a comprehensive service plan that includes benefits assistance, workshops and classes that target the development of tenancy skills and other life skills, such as parenting, budgeting, menu panning, health care services, mental health services, substance abuse treatment or prevention programs, domestic violence prevention services and referrals to any other programs necessary to assist our families.
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 
24 hours a day
Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 
Danielle M. Rossewey
Scholarships available: 
No
Vouchers accepted: 
No
Charge for services: 
No
Transportation provided: 
No
Number of people served each year: 
1-50
Other information: 
BridgeHouse

Lynn Housing Authority

Mailing Address: 
174 S Common St. Lynn, MA 01905
Phone: 
781-598-4291
Email: 
cgaeta@lhand.org
Website: 
www.lhand.org
Organization's Mission: 
Since 1948 the Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development (LHAND) has had a mission of assisting low and moderate-income families and individuals with safe and affordable housing. Our emphasis is on fostering economic independence and providing homeownership opportunities. The agency has continually changed and since 1998 the LHAND has grown to include neighborhood services and administers programs on behalf of the office of Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy and the City of Lynn Massachusetts.

 The LHAND continues to be committed to enhancing the quality of our community and building stronger, healthier neighborhoods by providing a wide range of neighborhood services and funding a variety of grant and loan programs that address the needs of renters, owners, homebuyers, and nonprofit housing providers. In addition, LHAND partners with non-profit housing organizations to construct and rehabilitate property for First Time Homebuyers throughout the City.
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 
Monday through Friday.
Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 
Charles Gaeta
Scholarships available: 
No
Vouchers accepted: 
No
Charge for services: 
Yes
Transportation provided: 
No
Number of people served each year: 
1-50
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