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Down Payment Assistance with HDF

There is a valuable resource for first-time home buyers and it’s right here in our state. The Housing Development Fund provides lending and home ownership counseling services to the entire state of Connecticut. To learn more about HDF’s mission, which extends to the development of affordable housing and home ownership assistance, click here.Down Payment Assistance HDF

The Statewide Downpayment Assistance Program (DAP), as the name implies, is a low-cost down payment assistance program for eligible home buyers. The program offers loans of up to $15,000 – 25,000 for buyers across the state of CT. Note that the program is available to first-time home buyers, and income must by less than 100% area median income.

Home buyer education is a strong component of HDF and participants in DAP must complete an 8-hr Home Buyer Education Class prior to closing. Conveniently, these classes are offered both in-person and online.

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Concert Update

The Concert for a Better Tomorrow, held Sunday, June 11, 2017, raised $1800.00 for HOPE Partnership, Middlesex Habitat for Humanity of CT. and The Connection Inc. We are especially thankful to musicians Chris and Laura Funk and Carl Suiter for sharing their talent, and to First Baptist Church in Essex and Reverend Joy Perkett for… Continue Reading

A Concert for A Better Tomorrow

Sunday, June 11th, 4 pm – 7 pm 10 Prospect St. Essex, CT The First Baptist Church in Essex hosts a concert to raise funds for three community organizations: HOPE Partnership, The Connection, and Middlesex Habitat for Humanity of CT. The concert features Chis & Laura Funk, and Carl Suiter. Attendees will also be able… Continue Reading

My Long Ride With Alice

Claire Bellerjeau recounts her experience navigating the 9 Town Transit Shoreline Shuttle. Claire is Director of Development & Outreach with The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries and she rode the shuttle to better understand the everyday challenges facing those who rely on 9 Town Transit service. Following is her testimony at the public hearing in… Continue Reading

HOMEConnecticut–The Campaign for Affordable Housing

The median home price in Connecticut is upwards of $300,000, which equates to an income needed of $100,000, according to “HOMEConnecticut” a video produced by the Partnership for Strong Communities. With sky-rocketing home prices “skilled workers, young people just starting out, and even the elderly are finding it very difficult to… find an appropriate home… Continue Reading

Thank You For Your Support in 2016

HOPE Partnership would like to thank our supporters for their generous contributions in 2016. Your donations, support, and sponsorship provides the funding for HOPE to continue to advocate for affordable housing and to make a real difference in our shoreline community. We are grateful to: Continue Reading

HOPE News: A Quarterly Update

The end of year has been a busy time here at HOPE Partnership. We’d like to fill you in on what we’ve been up to. Our team has been working diligently with a property owner in Old Lyme and we have come to an agreement. We hope to have an announcement on a development in… Continue Reading

Giving Tuesday — Declare A Better World

On Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, HOPE Partnership is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in… Continue Reading

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