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Programs

At the core of our work there are two main housing programs that address a diversity of needs. Homeownership and long-term rentals give people the opportunity to obtain safe, clean, and affordable housing. When families have reliable housing, it gives them a new sense of hope for the future, and greatly strengthens the fabric of the community.

Home Ownership

The high percentage of deteriorated rental apartments in Westown generates enormous tensions and perpetuates irresponsibility. Some blocks have 70% or more of their housing units managed by absentee landlords. Local ownership contributes much to our core economic viability. Our 46 homesteads are intentionally located on adjacent blocks for maximum impact and mutual support. We link up with local lenders and neighborhood associations. “There’s no place like a home... of your own!”

Coaching

We all need a friend in our corner at times for advice and encouragement. Westown Jubilee Housing seeks to provide each homesteader with a seasoned housing coach for the first year of ownership. They give tips on weatherproofing, changing furnace filters, saving on utility costs and soon become treasured friends.