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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: Committees


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!

Homelessness Committee

The mission of the CHAPA Homelessness Committee is 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. For more information on CHAPA’s Homelessness Committee, including a 2015–2016 meeting schedule, please click here.

Chaired by CHAPA Board Members Naomi Sweitzer and Soni Gupta.

Public Housing Committee

The public housing committee convenes diverse interests from the public housing community in order to develop a shared agenda. The committee includes members from the Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants, MassNAHRO, DHCD, and housing authorities across the Commonwealth. The committee focuses on implementing public housing reform, ensuring adequate state funding for local housing authorities, and implementing other committee recommendations. The Public Housing Committee convenes quarterly.

Chaired by CHAPA Board Members Laura Shufelt and Jack Cooper.

Committee on Housing for People with Disabilities

This committee advocates for more community-based, affordable housing options for people with disabilities. The committee’s agenda includes advocating for key state and federal programs, such as the Alternative Housing Voucher Program, and coordinating advocacy efforts with other disability groups on housing and service policies.

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, please contact the Group’s program manager, Maritza Crossen. To learn more about the Group, click here.

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 or to join any of these committees, please email Eric Shupin.