Westchester County’s 2020 Fair and Affordable Housing Expo will take place on Saturday, March 14 at The Westchester County Center in White Plains from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Westchester County Executive George Latimer invites residents from across the County to attend, driving home the message that safe, affordable housing should be a basic right for everyone living in Westchester County.

Latimer said: “Those who attend the Affordable Housing Expo can meet with realtors, mortgage lenders, inspectors and not-for-profit housing counselors who will be available to answer their questions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Affordable Housing Process, and the County’s commitment to creating more fair and affordable housing opportunities across Westchester.”

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

  • Am I eligible for affordable housing?
  • Is it better to rent or own?
  • I’ve heard there is a new law that offers protection to renters; how can it help me?
  • How much money do I need for a down payment?
  • Are there any programs that help with down payments and closing costs?
  • What is the importance of credit, and a good credit score?
  • What is the role of the not-for-profit counselor, the realtor, inspector, the attorney and the lender?

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 discuss affordable homeownership and rental opportunities, as well as the application and selection process. Counselors will be available all day to demonstrate how to navigate Homeseeker, a website that provides information about affordable home ownership and rental apartment opportunities in Westchester.

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 Westchester Residential Opportunities at 914-428-4507 x 314 or ; or the Housing Action Council 914-332-4144 or .

The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains. The event is co-sponsored by Westchester County, the Westchester Interfaith Housing Corporation and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc.