HAPHousing Success Stories
Swimming with Dolphins
With just a part-time job as a news-paper carrier to sustain a family of three, Delfina was at the point of “sink or swim.” She turned to the HAPHousing Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) to achieve two long-term goals: Buy a home and open a daycare center.
With guidance from her HAPHousing counselor, she advanced one step at a time, studying English as a second language, refinancing her car at a lower rate and repairing her credit. Over the next few years, she achieved certifications in financial fitness, preschool enrichment training, CPR and homeownership. With the $4,000 from her FSS escrow account, she was able to buy the Springfield home she was living in, obtain her daycare license and open a daycare center: Dolphin Daycare.
Tight-Knit, Tight Fit in Holyoke
The Davila-Vazquez family is very close-knit, but the family members sure could use some elbow room. And that’s just what they got, thanks to a Home Modification Loan from HAPHousing that helped them turn their garage into living space.
Anyone who thinks their space is limited should try fitting two adults, two teenage girls and two 21-year old sons with three wheelchairs and special needs into this small, one-story ranch house in suburban Holyoke. The boys’ room is so tight that Luis’ new electric wheelchair wouldn’t make it into the room.
Leticia Davila and her husband, Juan Vazquez, couldn’t wait to move sons Luis and Juan, Jr., into their new 14’ x 24’ room with a deck off the back. In addition to more space, the boys gained a new ramp, a great view and safe, easy access to the outdoors. Sisters Sasha and Sahira also enjoy more room as a result of the remodeling.
The Beauty of Ownership
People stare. Take pictures. Even stop to bless her when Patricia Casiano is out in the yard of her Tyler Street home in Springfield.
Circled by lush grass and charming, colorful gardens, her new single-family home, built by HAPHousing, has become a beautiful oasis on an otherwise unremarkable city street.
Patricia bursts with pride, and misses not at all the Indian Orchard apartment where she lived for 13 years — although the lead poisoning her son Randy, 8, suffered there is a cruel reminder.
For Patricia, home ownership remains as exciting now as it was the day she moved in more than a year ago. She credits HAPHousing first-time homebuyer education workshops for teaching her to manage her money, obtain a mortgage and succeed in buying and keeping up her home. As for transforming her house into a home, that credit belongs to Patricia and her family.