Two Condos Offered to Qualified Military Families at 60% of Value, First Time in the State
State Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) and Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) attended the kickoff open house in Millbury for Project Homefront on November 25, 2014. This is the first time such a program is being offered in Massachusetts. Worcester Community Housing Resources created “Project Homefront”, an affordable housing program to recognize the significant contributions of men and women in the armed services. WCHR is offering two fully renovated condominiums located in Worcester and Millbury provided by Bank of America, to eligible veterans or active duty military with families and Gold Star Families for a discounted price. Both Frost and Moore encourage anyone who is qualified to seek more information and apply.
Families must have at least one child under the age of eighteen living in the home in order to qualify for the program, and owner-occupancy guidelines apply. Qualified families will pay only 60% of the sale price, while Worcester Community Housing Resources will contribute 40% of the price as a forgivable lien. WCHR would like to acknowledge Bank of America for donating these homes for their initiative. There are income limits as part of the qualifying process.
Frost said, “I encourage all qualifying military families seeking to own their own property to look into and apply for this program being offered. The properties being offered for this Project Homefront program are the first to be done so in Massachusetts. It was an honor to attend the first open house event and I expect this program to make a real difference in the lives of those who have served our country and their families.”
“When our servicemen and women return home from defending our freedoms, we must fulfill our commitment to ensuring these heroes have access to basic necessities like a place to call home. The Project Homefront initiative from the Worcester Community Housing Resources, Inc. helps answer the call,” Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) stated. “The program, with partnerships from Bank of America and MassHousing, helps provide affordable housing options for military members and their families. I look forward to continuing to support the work of WCHR and Project Homefront on these efforts.”
WCHR will collect applications from eligible families through Friday, December 19th. Based on the number of applications received, WCHR will hold a lottery to select the families on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015. Those interested in Project Homefront, should contact Olivia Cepeda to apply or request more information at 508-799-0322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also in attendance with Representative Frost and Senator Moore were Dominick Marcigliano, Executive Director of WCHR; George Cox, WCHR Board President; Andrew Howarth, Director of Development; Ed Shea, Senior Vice President at Bank of America; Peter Milewski, Director of Lending at MassHousing; Brian Ashmankas, Millbury Board of Selectmen; and Daniel Racicot, Chief of Staff for Mayor Joseph Petty.