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To build and advocate for a thriving, equitable region? We help neighbors, transform communities, and reimagine trajectories.  

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Buying a home is a big step.

Way Finders is here to help first time homebuyers through the process, every step of the way.

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Employment Support

Way Finders is an approved provider of programs that combine housing and employment services. The good news is these programs are easily and readily available. Thanks to these programs hundreds of people have more stable housing and jobs. 

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Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)

The RAFT Program is a homelessness prevention program funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). RAFT provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

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Featured Communities

Butternut Farms

12 Longmeadow Drive, Amherst, MA. A quiet, rural setting with plenty of open space and easy access to the surrounding communities. Amherst, MA
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Parsons Village

71 Parsons Street, Easthampton, MA Energy-efficient homes in a development designed to enhance community, conserve resources and set a new standard for affordable housing. Easthampton, MA
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Olympia Oaks

85 Olympia Drive, Amherst, MA. A mixed-income community incorporating green space and access to nature, within walking distance of downtown Amherst. Amherst, MA
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“Look forward, don’t look back.”

Jonel relocated to Massachusetts from Connecticut, where, despite working two jobs, she couldn’t afford rent. She lost everything and moved north with her daughter, right before the start of a global pandemic. Her plan—to stay with family—didn’t work out.  

“I had no choice but to go into a shelter,” says Jonel. There she connected with programs and people who helped her start over. Today, Jonel pays market rent in Holyoke, works in the food industry, and is saving to get to the next steps in life. To others who are facing housing insecurity, Jonel offers these words: “Don’t be afraid. Look forward, don’t look back. And if you’re serious about changing your life, Way Finders is the way to go.” 

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Latest News

Moving forward with Library Commons Phase 2

Way Finders is pleased to receive funding in support of Library Commons 2! The 41-unit scattered site project near downtown Holyoke—on four neighboring sites to the recently completed Library Commons 1—was among the 15 projects across the state to receive affordable housing awards from the Baker-Polito Administration. more >>

Increasingly out of reach? Housing—for residents of Springfield and the Pioneer Valley

Why is housing increasingly out of reach—in terms of availability and affordability—for many in our area? Way Finders’ President and CEO Keith Fairey, in conversation with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill, shares his take.  more >>

Housing Study: sounding the urgent call for 17,000 new affordable rental units

As detailed by the second housing report from the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute and Way Finders, the region is in urgent need of more housing at all income levels—affordable housing through market-rate housing. Of note, the study calls for the addition of at least 17,000 new rental units at or below $500 a month, which could help make a more attainable housing market for all residents.   more >>

Upcoming Events

Dec 3

Clases para Compradores de Casa por Primera Vez de Way Finders

1780 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
9:00 am
Jan 14

Credit success workshop

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