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BridlesideMarch 2, 2017- Westchester County’s 2017 Fair and Affordable Housing Expo will take place on Saturday, March 11 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

“Those who attend the Expo can meet with the realtors, mortgage lenders and not-for-profit counselors who will be available to answer their questions,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “This is a great opportunity to learn about the affordable housing process and the county’s commitment to create a variety of fair and affordable housing opportunities.”

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?
  • How much 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, which begins at 11:45 a.m., is about Westchester’s One Community campaign, which focuses on the county’s efforts to promote the benefits of diversity and affordable housing opportunities. See the Expo flier. The flier is available in Spanish.

At 1 p.m., a workshop on Fair and Affordable Housing will discuss affordable homeownership and rental opportunities, and on the application and selection process. There will also be a demonstration on how to navigate through Homeseeker Online, a website that provides information about affordable homeownership 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.

The Fair Housing Department of the Westchester County Human Rights Commission (HRC) will give a presentation on the protections provided by Westchester County’s Fair Housing Law and will discuss how the HRC can assist individuals who believe they have been discriminated against in the course of their involvement in Westchester’s housing market.

For more information on the Expo, contact Westchester Residential Opportunities by e-mail at or by phone at (914) 428-4507 x 314; or the Housing Action Council by e-mail at or by phone at (914) 332-4144.

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, the Westchester Interfaith Housing Corporation and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc.