Courses

Homebuyer Counseling Agencies

By participating in a first-time homebuyer counseling course, 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.

Boston | Greater Boston | Central Massachusetts | North Shore and Merrimack Valley  | South Shore and Cape Cod and Island Western Massachusetts

 

BOSTON

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 

Codman Square NDC
Boston
Abadur Rahman
617-825-4224

Boston
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
Zaragoza Guerra
(classes available in Spanish)
(Online Education available)
(617) 418-8261 
 
(Online Education available)
(617) 989-1222
 
Urban Edge Housing Corporation
Roxbury
Elizabeth Bain
(classes available in Spanish)
(Online Education available)
(617) 989-9318

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

 

GREATER BOSTON

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

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

Stoneham
Bryna Davis
(Online Education available)
781-438-9254
 

Medford Community Housing
Medford
(Online Education available)
Susan Collins
(978) 317-8998

NeighborWorks Southern Mass
Quincy & Brockton 
Elvira Caldeira
(Online Education available)
617-770-2227, ext.34

Quincy
Toni Gershon-Stern
(Online Education available)
(617) 657-5315
 

Somerville Community Corporation
Somerville
Shannon Erb
(classes available in Spanish and Portuguese)
(617) 776-5931 

Norman Kane
(Online Education available)
(508) 620-2402
 

WATCH CDC
Waltham
Daria Gere
(781) 891-6689 

 

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

Worcester
Janiece Diaz
(508) 791-2170 Ext 228
(Classes available in Spanish)
(Online Education available)
 
Laurel Miller
(Online Education available)
(978) 342-9561 x17

RCAP Solutions
Gardner/Worcester
Robert Ochoa
(978) 630-6788

Southern Worcester County Community Development Corporation
Southbridge
Maryann Kania
mkania@swccdc.net

Worcester East Side CDC
Worcester
Donna Warshaw
508-799-6942  Ext 11

 

NORTH SHORE and MERRIMACK VALLEY

ACT Lawrence
Lawrence
Ana Luna
(classes available in Spanish)
(Online Education available)
(978) 685-6274 
 
Gisela Vasquez
(Classes available in Spanish)
(978) 332-7108
 
Coastal Homebuyer Education, Inc.
Newburyport
Ellie O'Leary
(Online Education available)
(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 
 
(Online Education available)
(978) 459-0551 
 

Gloucester Housing Authority
Gloucester
Bob Dumais
(Online Education available)
(978) 281-4770  x110

Lawrence CommunityWorks
Lawrence
Arisleyda Veloz
(Online Education available)
(classes available in Spanish)
(978) 685-3115   

Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development
Lynn
Charles Gaeta
(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 

 

SOUTH SHORE and CAPE COD and ISLANDS

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  x10  

Fall River Community Development Agency
Fall River
George Tripp
(508) 679-0131 

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

Housing Nantucket
Nantucket
Anne Kuszpa
(508) 228-4422

(Online Education available)
781-422-4225
 
Brockton, New Bedford
Joe Madaio
(Online Education available)
508-587-0950 ext. 45
 
 
Plymouth
Patty Roy
(Online Education available)
(508) 747-1620  x147
 

Pro-Home
Taunton
Joe Pacheco
(508) 821-2514

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

 

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

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
Deborah Broaden
(classes available in Spanish)
(Online Education available)
(413) 233-1611 
 

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
Donna Cabana
(413)-586-5855 Ext. 18