February 27, 2019 -- Westchester County’s 2019 Fair and Affordable Housing Expo will take place on Saturday, March 9 at The Westchester County Center in White Plains from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Housing Expo participants will be able to attend featured workshops on Affordable Housing, Rental Housing, Resources for Down Payment, Closing Costs and Property Improvements. Realtors, lenders, not-for-profit counselors and other housing professionals will also be on hand to guide applicants through the home ownership process.  

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Safe, affordable housing should be a basic right for everyone living in Westchester County, and an essential building block in developing stronger, more diverse communities. The Affordable Housing Expo is a great opportunity to learn more about the County’s Affordable Housing application process, and the County’s commitment to helping all residents achieve home ownership.”

Throughout the day, various seminars will be held to help answer questions such as:

  • Am I eligible for affordable housing?
  • Where are affordable homeownership opportunities?
  • How much money do I need for a down payment?
  • What is the role of the not-for-profit counselor, the realtor, inspector, the attorney and the lender?
  • Are there any programs that help with down payments and closing costs?
  • What is the importance of credit, and a good credit score?
  • Is it better for me to rent or own?

The first workshop of the day begins at 11:45 a.m., and is all about available resources for down payments, closing costs and home improvements.  At 1 p.m., a workshop on Fair and Affordable Housing will explore the Affordable Housing application and selection process. There will also be a demonstration on how to navigate Homeseeker Online, a website that provides information about affordable home ownership and rental apartment opportunities throughout the County.

At 2 p.m., a workshop entitled Rental Housing will provide visitors with an opportunity to meet with not-for-profit counselors, who will advise and describe the process of finding affordable rentals.

For more information on the Expo contact the Housing Action Council at or 914-332-4144, or Westchester Residential Opportunities at or 914-428-4507 ext. 306.

The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains. The fee for parking at the County Center is $7. The event is co-sponsored by Westchester County, Westchester Interfaith Housing Corporation, Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc., Emigrant Mortgage, Apple Bank and PCSB Bank.