Volunteer Hannah Brockhaus helps Evelyn Santiago with an affordable-housing form in Watertown.
Evelyn Santiago sits in a community room in the Watertown Free Public Library, poring over a stack of papers as she munches on a muffin. She is filling out applications for a handful of affordable housing units soon becoming available, making her one of thousands of low-income Massachusetts residents who will apply this year.
Santiago, who lives with government aid in a basement apartment in Watertown, completed one form for herself and another for her son Ramon; he and his pregnant girlfriend are living with her for now.
“I’m here to help them out,” she said. “I pray that they can get a unit to live in with my healthy, happy, beautiful granddaughter.”
Santiago’s story is all too familiar to officials at Metro West Collaborative Development, a Newton-based nonprofit that recently hosted informational sessions in Watertown, Lexington, Natick, and Belmont. At each stop, Metro West representatives and local officials met with residents to explain what to expect in their hunt for an affordable place to live.
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