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CHAPA Committees and Coalitions
CHAPA serves as a central meeting ground at which all segments of the housing community can work towards a common agenda of producing and preserving affordable housing and fostering diverse and sustainable communities. CHAPA has formed several active committees and coalitions in a variety of specific areas including homelessness, special needs housing, non-profit housing development, elderly housing, smart-growth development and public housing.
We encourage you to become involved in one or more of our committees or coalitions!
The Homelessness Committee works to increase permanent, affordable housing opportunities for extremely low-income households and to prevent and end homelessness by identifying and addressing the gaps that individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness face in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The Committee meets every other month to educate, share information and data, network, develop policy, and coordinate advocacy efforts. If you are interested in joining this committee, please click here to sign up. (If you already have a CHAPA account, login here and edit your account information.)
The Production Committee develops and advances policies to increase housing production, while preserving our existing affordable housing stock and growing the overall number of affordable housing opportunities across the Commonwealth. Comprised of developers, lenders, builders, and other housing providers, the Committee advocates for new legislation, programs, and policies and educates lawmakers and other policy makers. If you are interested in joining this committee, please click here to sign up. (If you already have a CHAPA account, login here and edit your account information.)
Public Housing and Rental Assistance Committee
The Public Housing and Rental Assistance Committee brings together diverse interests from the public housing community, including local housing authorities, tenant organizations, lawyers, and developers, to develop a shared agenda for preserving, protecting and utilizing these vital federal and state affordable housing resources. If you are interested in joining this committee, please click here to sign up. (If you already have a CHAPA account, login here and edit your account information.)
Young Professionals Group
CHAPA’s Young Professionals Group meets to better engage younger professionals in housing and planning with the work we do, while providing opportunities for professional development to those who participate. The Group holds a monthly series called the “CHAPA Brown Bag Lunch Series for Young Professionals in Affordable Housing.” The series covers a new topic every month that involves housing in connection with other fields in planning and community development. If you would like to be added to the Young Professionals Group, click here to sign up. (If you already have a CHAPA account, login here and edit your account information.) For more information about the Young Professionals Group, please click here or contact Beyazmin Jimenez.
On Solid Ground Coalition
The On Solid Ground Coalition is a cross-sector group of more than 30 partners committed to a research-based approach to increasing housing stability and economic mobility for low-income families living in Massachusetts. Through this approach, the coalition aims to prevent and reduce homelessness. The On Solid Ground Coalition meets bimonthly. To learn more about On Solid Ground, please click here.
Building Blocks Coalition
The Building Blocks Coalition, hosted by CHAPA, is a group of organizations that come together to advocate around the state budget for resources that will help all families in the Commonwealth find a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home. The Coalition represents a broad group of supporters, including: public housing authorities and tenants; community development corporations; community action agencies; independent living centers; homelessness advocates; childcare; and other organizations concerned about access to affordable housing. The Building Blocks Coalition meets as needed to develop a shared state budget agenda.
Homeownership Collaborative Advisory Committee
This advisory committee directs and oversees CHAPA's Homeownership Collaborative, which provides comprehensive training and support to approximately 55 homebuyer counseling agencies in Massachusetts. The Advisory committee meets twice each year, but various subcommittees meet more frequently.
For more information about these committees, please email Eric Shupin.