July 11, 2017

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly First to Reach Multifamily Affordable Housing Energy Efficiency Goal – Ahead of Schedule

Staff fondly call it “Boston’s best kept secret” in affordable housing. But now the national spotlight has found Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE), which this spring became the nation’s first multifamily affordable housing provider to achieve the Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) goal, achieving an impressive 24 percent energy savings in just six years. Continue reading

June 23, 2017

Reaching Self-Sufficiency through Housing Counseling

Photo: Yesenia Martinez holds the keys to her new home.

A single mother of two girls, Yesenia Martinez was accepted into the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program in March 2005 with the West Palm Beach Housing Authority at a time when she was unemployed and had just declared bankruptcy. FSS is a program that enables HUD-assisted families to increase their earned income and reduce their dependency on welfare assistance and rental subsidies through guidance from a counselor. Continue reading