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Homeowners Options for Massachusetts Elders
CONTACT:150 Grossman Drive, Suite 401
Braintree, MA 02184
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Few things are more important to seniors than remaining self-reliant and in a familiar place-one's own home. Since 1984, Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (HOME) has helped low- and moderate-income homeowners across the State to maintain independence in their own homes.
HOME does this by providing comprehensive, in-home counseling to elder homeowners on their housing, financial, and resource options-helping them to pursue these options through HOME's network of housing and elder service agencies, community lenders, attorneys, and other personally service-oriented professionals.
HOME's counseling takes place in the elders' homes. This important session, generally lasting 2-3 hours, stresses "remainder-of-life planning;" it helps elders think about how to access and use their home equity for the rest of their lives -- not just their immediate crisis. It also considers current problems and possible solutions. Counselors connect seniors with options -- property tax abatements and deferrals, Food Stamps, fuel assistance, sale-and-leasebacks, and where appropriate, a nationally unique set of loan and credit options developed by HOME.
For every dollar it spends, HOME has leveraged about $48 in private and public protection for elders. How's that for return-on-investment?
(1997: HUMAN SERVICES: Health and Aging: General)
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