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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Newton Mayor Setti Warren Unveils Housing Plan for Newton - June 23, 2016

Newton Mayor Setti Warren unveiled a housing plan for Newton today that he says will not only provide diverse housing options, but will help preserve the characteristics and values Newton has embodied. Mayor Warren also serves on the United States Conference of Mayors’ advisory board, chairing the Community Development and Housing Committee.

“This is a recognition that the city is changing, and it’s an attempt to preserve what we love about Newton, while giving people of all backgrounds an opportunity to live here,” he said. “It would all be in jeopardy if we do nothing.”

Request for Proposals for the Center for Community Recovery Innovations - June 16, 2016

The Center for Community Recovery Innovations (CCRI) is currently seeking proposals for one-time funding to promote affordable sober housing and supportive services in Massachusetts. Please see the full RFP for details.

HUD Small Area Fair Market Rents Proposed Rule - June 16, 2016

HUD proposed a rule to require use of small area FMRs in metro areas where voucher use is overly concentrated.  Comments are due August 15.

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LISC Names a New CEO - June 16, 2016

Maurice Jones, Virginia’s commerce secretary and a former HUD official, has been chosen to serve as LISC’s new president and CEO. He succeeds Michael Rubinger, who will step down after 17 years as CEO. Jones brings to the leadership role a career’s worth of business, management and policy experience and an enduring personal commitment to improving communities and the lives of low-income Americans.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - June 16, 2016

Read CHAPA's June Housing Briefs for state updates, federal updates, and recent research and reports!


Massachusetts Senate Passes FY2017 Budget - May 27, 2016

On May 26th, the Massachusetts Senate passed its $39.5 billion budget with strong investments in affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development programs. The Senate budget includes increases to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP), public housing reform, Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT), Housing Court, the Tenancy Preservation Program, and Home and Healthy for Good.
The Senate includes the following funding for CHAPA budget priorities:

CHAPA Action Alert! Immediate Action Needed to Get Additional Funding for MRVP - May 26, 2016

Please Call Senator Spilka, the Chair of Senate Ways and Means, and Senate President Rosenberg and Urge them to Pass Amendment 779

National Low Income Housing Coalition Releases Out of Reach 2016 - May 25, 2016

CONTACTS: Renee Willis, National Low Income Housing Coalition,, 202-662-1530 x247

Erin Roussinova, Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association,, 617-742-0820 x119

Housing Costs Too High in Massachusetts for Low-Wage Workers