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Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Wonderful Housing Workshop

My friend Michael Weiner’s monthly workshops can benefit *anyone* transitioning into the Post-22 disability world — and this particular one is about a Federal program (NOT JUST MASSACHUSETTS)! Here is the infom, but you MUST RSVP to Mike if you are going! Seating is limited. But the event is free.

Our next meeting is scheduled for 12/9/15 (Wednesday) at the Wellesley Unitarian Church, 309 Washington St., Wellesley Hills. It will be from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The topic will be the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The presentation will be led by Mr. Steve Merritt, the executive director of the Norwood, MA Housing Authority, and the Senior VP of NAHRO (National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials).

Here is an example of the types of questions we plan to discuss:

What is a voucher?

How do you apply?

What are eligibility requirements?

How long is waiting list, and how does centralized waiting list work?

What preferences do most PHA’s use? What is the difference between the Section 8 program, and public housing (federal and state)?

What happens if a voucher if offered?

How long do you have to use? Where can you use?

What are “reasonable accommodations” under Section 8 (i.e. higher rent and utility standard, longer search time, live-in aides, renting from relative, reinstatement on waiting list)?

What is a “family unit”?

What is FMR (fair market rent), and how is it determined?

How much does voucher holder pay for rent, and what is subsidy?

Where can you use a voucher?

What is difference between a one, two or three bedroom voucher? Can you switch from a two bedroom voucher to a one bedroom voucher?

What is the difference between a tenant based voucher and a project based voucher?

Please RSVP to Mike Weiner if you plan to attend. Thank you, and enjoy the remainder of the long holiday weekend! Michael W. Weiner Financial Advisor Special Needs Commonwealth Financial Group 101 Federal St. (Suite# 800) Boston, MA 02110 617-312-5115 (Cell)

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