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Laptops for Kids Program

June 2015
Each year the Watervliet & Cohoes Housing Authorities reach out to our local businesses to fund the purchase of laptops for our Watervliet/Cohoes high school seniors going off to college in the fall.
We are very proud to have this type of program because we feel that technology is vital to the growth to our area and especially our children. No child here at housing will be denied the opportunity to learn and grow. They need to be on the same playing field as others to be able to advance their education and job skills. It is totally up to the child and their parents to take advantage of these programs.

Our 2015 sponsors include:
Watervliet Charitable Foundation
Pioneer Savings Bank
Cohoes Savings Foundation, Inc.
CT Male Associates
Bunkoff General Contractors, Inc.
Fitzgerald Funeral Home, LTD
Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc.
Find Your Dreams, Inc.
Friedman Fisher Associates
Passonno Paints
Cohoes Knights of Columbus
Polish American Association
Harold Clune Electric
Main-Care Energy
Reagan Development
Mrs. Patricia Crinigan
Dan McCoy, County Executive
Mayor Michael Manning


home ownership

   Section 8 Family Buys Their First Home with Section 8 Assistance
     Watervliet - December 4, 2012

     Cindy Luce wanted to own a home since she was a little girl.  She dreamed of rooms painted bright vibrant colors and a yard of her own.  Even though Cindy knew that home ownership meant a lot of sacrifice, hard work and responsibility, she was determined that one day, she would have a home of her own.  In September of this year, Cindy realized her dream: she and her daughter moved into their own home that Cindy was able to purchase with help from the Watervliet Housing Authority and her Section 8 assistance Housing Choice Voucher program.

     Cindy enrolled in the Family Self Sufficiency Program when it was first offered by the Housing Authority.  While active in that program, she got connected to local not for profits that helped her with home buyer education and a matched savings program where she earned 4 dollars for every dollar she saved.  This fall, Cindy qualified for a mortgage and that, combined with her savings and a grant from the Housing Authority, allowed her to purchase a two-bedroom home in Port Schuyler.  Cindy says, “This took me longer than I would have liked, but I was determined to make it happen.  I wanted to do this for my daughter and for myself.  I am so thankful for all of the people who helped me along the way, and I thank God for making my dream come true.”

     The Watervliet Housing Authority offers the Family Self Sufficiency Program and the Section 8 Home Ownership Program to Section 8 families who are interested in increasing their financial independence. For more information on either of these programs, call 372-8846.