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Christopher E. Herbert to Lead Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies - December 18, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and David T. Ellwood, Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, announced today that Dr. Christopher E. Herbert has been appointed Managing Director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, effective January 1, 2015.  In making this announcement, the Deans noted that Herbert is a nationally recognized scholar and researcher with great depth of experience in housing analysis and public policy.

Patrick Administration Announces Over $5 Million in Community Investment Tax Credits to 44 Community Organizations - December 18, 2014

Tax Credits Will Allow Community Partners to Solicit Additional Support for their Organizations
 
WORCESTER – Thursday, December 18, 2014 – Continuing the Patrick Administration’s commitment to encourage new economic opportunities for low- and middle-income households throughout Massachusetts, Department of Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein today announced  over $5 million in Community Investment Tax Credits to 44 community organizations across the Commonwealth.
 

Farewell Message from Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein – December 17, 2014

Thank you, Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein, for your dedication to creating and preserving affordable housing. We will miss your leadership in the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Stay tuned for an event to be held at the end of January honoring Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein. More information will be announced.


Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Undersecretary Gornstein Chairs Last Meeting of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness - December 16, 2014

Through Council’s Efforts, Massachusetts is National Leader in the Housing First Movement

BOSTON – Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - Marking the Patrick Administration’s commitment to reducing homelessness in the Commonwealth, Department of Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein today presided over a meeting of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness (ICHH).The ICHH has met monthly since 2008, and today’s session marks the final under Governor Deval Patrick’s leadership.

Boston Globe - Boston gets $1.35 million grant for ‘Housing Innovation Lab’ - December 16, 2014

By Jack Newsham, Globe Correspondent

The city of Boston said Monday that it received a $1.35 million grant to create a “Housing Innovation Lab” that will study and suggest proposals to help achieve Mayor Martin Walsh’s goal of creating 53,000 new units of housing by 2030.

Click here to read the full article.

2014 APA-MA Award Winners Announced - December 15, 2014

The American Planning Association-Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) announced the winners of the 2014 APA-MA Awards Program, which honors outstanding planning projects and planning leadership.

CHAPA congratulates Jennifer Raitt, CHAPA Board Member, on the Social Advocacy Award!

 

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Banker & Tradesman - Barney Frank Cheers, Warns Affordable Housing Advocates - December 15, 2014

Barney Frank Cheers, Warns Affordable Housing Advocates

FHFA Statement on the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund - December 11, 2014

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to begin setting aside and allocating funds to the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund pursuant to the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA). HERA authorized FHFA to temporarily suspend these allocations, and FHFA informed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of a temporary suspension on November 13, 2008. In letters sent today (links below), FHFA notified Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of the agency’s decision to reverse the temporary suspension.

Statement from Sheila Crowley, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition on the FY15 Funding Bill - December 10, 2014

Congressional appropriators released a proposed $1.01 trillion spending bill the evening of December 9 that will fund most of the federal government through September 2015.  The legislation provides full year funding for 11 of the 12 appropriations bills Congress is required to pass each year, including the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill. Congress is expected to approve the bill and send it to the President to sign in the coming days.

Massachusetts Launches Pay For Success Initiative to Reduce Chronic Individual Homelessness - December 8, 2014

Program will provide 500 units of stable supportive housing for up to 800 chronically homeless individuals over 6 years

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