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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: Homebuyer Counseling Agencies

Homebuyer Counseling Agencies


The Collaborative has approved an online homebuyer education course for prospective homebuyers. Contact the nearest agency offering online education in the list below for more information. 

The following homebuyer counseling agencies provide educational workshops and counseling to individuals and families interested in buying a home. These organizations have been awarded a "collaborative seal of approval", a designation by the Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative indicating they meet the Collaborative's standards for comprehensive homebuyer education.

If you have any concerns about the quality of the homebuyer education you received, or have reason to believe one of these organizations is not adhering to the Collaborative’s Code of Ethics, please contact us here. Your name will be kept strictly confidential.

By participating in a first-time homebuyer counseling workshop, prospective buyers learn about the entire homebuying process, including how to deal with credit issues, working with a real estate agent, applying for a mortgage, and more. Participants may also be able to access special affordable mortgage products and other homebuyer services.

Some of the agencies listed below also offer post-ownership workshops for people who want to learn more about maintaining homeownership, being a good landlord, financing home improvements, etc.

For more information, please contact a homebuyer counseling agency in your area. We wish you the best in your search for an affordable home.

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Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation
- Allston and Brighton
Michelle Meiser
(classes available in Spanish)
(Online Education available)
(617) 787-3874 

Asian Community Development Corporation

- Boston
Lee Lin
(classes available in Cantonese, Mandarin and English)
(617) 482-2380  x208

City of Boston, Dept. of Neighborhood Development
- Boston
Christine McCrorey 
Boston Home Center
(617) 635-4663 

Jacqueline Cooper
(Online Education available)
T/F: (888) 839-0963
Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
- Dorchester
Hilda Fernandez
(classes available in Spanish)
(Online Education available)
(617) 265-8995  x313
Neighborhood of Affordable Housing
- East Boston
Diana Franco
(classes available in Spanish)
(Online Education available)
(617) 418-8266 
- Roxbury
Kathy Objio
(Online Education available)
(617) 989-1222
Elizabeth Bain
(classes available in Spanish)
(Online Education available)
(617) 989-9318

- Dorchester
Hoa Ngo
(classes available in Vietnamese)
(617) 822-3717  x10




City of Cambridge Community Development Department
- Cambridge
Antonia Finley
(617) 349-4622 

Chelsea Restoration Corporation
- Chelsea
Jesenia Mercado 
(classes available in Spanish)
(617) 889-2277   

Bryna Davis
(Online Education available)

Medford Community Housing
Susan Collins
(978) 317-8998

(Online Education available)
Antoinette Toney
617-770-2227, Ext 31

Joe Madaio
617-770-2227, Ext.45

- Quincy
Pat Christopher
(617) 479-8181 
Somerville Community Corporation
- Somerville
Shannon Erb
(Online Education available)
(classes available in Spanish and Portuguese)
(617) 776-5931 Ext 238
include Ivette Morillo
(Online Education available)
(508) 872-4853 x2675

- Waltham
Daria Gere
(781) 891-6689 




Janiece Diaz
(508) 791-2170 Ext 228
(Classes available in Spanish)
(Online Education available)

RCAP Solutions
Robert Ochoa
(978) 630-6788

Southern Worcester County Community Development Corporation
- Southbridge
Maryann Kania

Twin Cities Community Development Corporation
- Fitchburg/Leominster
Laurel Miller
(978) 342-9561  x17

Worcester East Side CDC

Donna Warshaw
508-799-6942  Ext 11



Arlington Community Trabajando, Inc.
- Lawrence
Ana Luna
(classes available in Spanish)
(Online Education available)
(978) 685-6274 
Coastal Homebuyer Education, Inc.
- Newburyport
Ellie O'Leary
(978) 992-4106 

Community Action, Inc.
- Haverhill
Richard Lynch, Susan Collins-Hanley
(978) 373-1971 

Community Service Network, Inc.
- Stoneham area
Sheila Herbeck
(Online Education available)
(781) 438-5981 
Community Teamwork, Inc.
- Lowell
Cathy Dyl
(Online Education available)
(978) 459-0551 
Gloucester Housing Authority
- Gloucester
Kathy Erkkila
(Online Education available)
(978) 281-4770  x110

Lawrence CommunityWorks
- Lawrence
Juan Bonilla
(classes available in Spanish)
 (978) 685-3115   

(Online Education available)
(781) 477-2800 
Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership
- Lowell
Jim Wilde
(classes available in Spanish and Khmer )
(Online Education available)
(978) 459-8490 



Catholic Social Services
- Fall River and New Bedford
Maria Paiva
(classes available in Spanish and Portuguese)
(508) 674-4681 

City of New Bedford, Housing & Neighborhood Development
- New Bedford
Lori Moring
(508) 979-1500 

Community Development Partnership
(formerly Lower Cape Cod CDC)
- Eastham
Andrea Aldana
(508) 240-7873  x22

Fall River Affordable Housing Corporation
- Fall River
Bob Landry
(508) 677-2220 

Housing Assistance Corporation
- Hyannis
Cheryl Kramer
(Online Education available)
(508) 771-5400

Housing Nantucket
Anne Kuszpa
(508) 228-4422

Brockton, New Bedford
Joe Madaio
(Online Education available)
508-587-0950 ext. 45
Plymouth Redevelopment Authority
- Plymouth
Patty Roy
(Online Education available)
(508) 747-1620  x147

Joe Pacheco
(508) 821-2514

(Online Education available)

Town of Nantucket Planning Office
- Nantucket
Susan Bennett Witte
(508) 228-7295



Berkshire Housing Development Corporation
- Pittsfield
Lisa Wright
(413) 499-1630  x108

Chicopee Neighborhood Development Corporation
- Chicopee
Beverly Barry
(413) 592-8800 

City of Springfield - Office of Housing
- Springfield
Patty Montana
(classes available in Spanish)
(413) 787-6500 

HAP, Inc.
- Springfield
Michelle McAdaragh
(classes available in Spanish)
(Online Education available)
(413) 233-1611 

Hilltown Community Development Corporation
- Chesterfield
Bea von Hagke
(413) 296-4536  x8

Holyoke Housing Authority
- Holyoke
Justine Sabbs
(classes available in Spanish)
(413) 539-2220 Ext 257

Rural Development, Inc.

- Turners Falls
Charity Day 
(413) 863-9781

Springfield Partners for Community Action
- Springfield
Brandi Gamble Eddington
(413) 263-6500   

Valley Community Development Corporation
- Northampton
Fern Selesnick
(413) 586-5855  x16