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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


On Solid Ground Advocacy Coordinator Position Announced - October 7, 2015

On Solid Ground

On Solid Ground is a coalition of cross-sector organizations committed to a research-based approach to increasing housing stability and economic mobility for families with low incomes living in Massachusetts. Through this approach, the coalition aims to prevent and reduce homelessness, thereby improving housing, education, income, and health outcomes for families living in poverty.

The Coalition’s research proves that increasing stability and reducing family homelessness requires a four-pronged approach:

Mayor Walsh Releases RFP for Tech Platform to Coordinate Housing Vacancies for the Homeless - October 7, 2015

BOSTON - Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - As outlined in the City of Boston's Action Plan to End Veterans and Chronic Homelessness, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today that the City of Boston is seeking a vendor to create the City's first-ever Coordinated Access system (CA) - a single platform that providers, housing owners and the City will use to match homeless individuals with available housing paired with supportive services.

2-part workshop series on affirmative fair housing marketing & lotteries - Oct. 21 & Nov. 5, 2015

MHP is offering a two-part, updated Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing (AFHM) and lottery training curriculum this fall.
The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and the second workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5. Both sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawrence campus of the North Essex Community College, 360 Merrimack Street, Riverwalk Building, Lawrence, MA 01840.

Sheila Crowley Retiring after 17 Years as President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Board Announces Executive Search - September 23, 2015

Yesterday Sheila Crowley announced that she will retire in 2016 from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) after leading the organization as President and CEO for over 17 years. Dr. Crowley will continue with NLIHC through April 2016 to ensure a smooth and successful transition for her successor.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - September 17, 2015

Click here to read CHAPA's September Housing Briefs.


Governor Baker Announces Affordable Housing Development Awards - September 16, 2015

Yesterday, Governor Charlie Baker and Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay announced awards for the 2015 competition to fund affordable rental housing development, renovation, and preservation in the Commonwealth.

AHF to Induct 4 New Members Into Hall of Fame - September 2, 2015

Four individuals who have been champions for the affordable housing industry at the local, state, and federal levels will be inducted into the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame this year:

AFFH Assessment Tool Comments Due August 17, Preliminary Assessment by NLIHC - August 12, 2015

On July 16, HUD published a revised Assessment Tool (see Memo, 7/20) to be used to complete an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH), as required by HUD’s new affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) rule (see Memo, 7/13). Comments on the Assessment Tool are due August 17.

Mass. Advocates Warn Of Loss Of Thousands Of Affordable Housing Units - August 12, 2015

Hear from Chapter 40T advocates as they warn about the potential loss of affordable housing units in this wbur story: "Mass. Advocates Warn Of Loss Of Thousands Of Affordable Housing Units."

For more information about Chapter 40T, visit CEDAC's website: