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DHCD issues Notice of Funding Availability for Supportive Housing - October 22, 2014

DHCD issued a Notice of Funding Availability on October 20, announcing a new funding round for supportive housing development.  It is making up to $6 million available.  

Applications are due by November 21.

Click here to download the NOFA.

Governor Patrick Announces 31 New Infrastructure Projects to Support Job Creation and Local Improvements - October 22, 2014

AMHERST—Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — Governor Deval Patrick today announced a new round of MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants to advance local development projects across the state. The grants total over $66 million in improvement projects that will support thousands of jobs in Massachusetts communities. Through these awards, the state will partner with cities and towns to support housing developments, infrastructure developments, road safety and revitalization projects.

Notice of MRVP Waiting List Opening - October 7, 2014

The state has recently made available funding for a limited amount of new Massachusetts Rental Program (MRVP) mobile vouchers.   MRVP mobile vouchers provide rental assistance to low-income families and individuals who lease privately-owned apartments.  A household pays at least 30 percent, but not more than 40 percent, of its income as rent plus any tenant-paid utilities. Housing agencies must first establish a waiting list from which applicants, who apply and are randomly assigned to the waiting list, will be selected to be screened for eligibility. 

Public Hearing on the 2015 Draft Qualified Allocation Plan for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit - October 3, 2014

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has scheduled a public hearing to solicit comments on the 2015 Draft Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). The hearing will be held at 2:00 p.m. on October 16, 2014, in second floor conference room 2C, 100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA, 02114.

CHAPA urges a NO vote on Question 1 on November 4 - October 1, 2014

For safe roads and bridges, for reliable transit and for a healthy economy that works for everyone, please vote NO on Question 1.

At CHAPA, we believe that housing that is affordable to families and individuals must also be accessible to transportation.  We can’t maintain or grow our transportation network without reliable revenue.  Gas tax indexing is responsible and supports CHAPA’s mission.  For safe roads and bridges, and for transportation that serves every family, please Vote NO on Question 1. 

Transformative Development Initiative Announces Calls for Districts, Fellows - September 30, 2014

As part of the Transformative Development Fund, which the Commonwealth created through the economic development legislation that Governor Patrick signed into law on August 13, MassDevelopment is soliciting nominations from Gateway City officials and their partners for districts in those cities that can catalyze sustained economic development. Through community engagement, investments, and technical assistance, the Fund will boost coordinated redevelopment in these districts, creating a critical mass of activities and encouraging private development.

HUD Publishes Proposed Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) Assessment Tool for Comment - September 26, 2014

As part of the proposed AFFH rule published by HUD last July (and not yet finalized), HUD noted that it would issue an “assessment tool” for jurisdictions to use to evaluate fair housing needs, barriers and goals.  HUD published a notice for public comment on a draft tool on September 26.  The draft is designed to be used by entitlement communities but not states, but HUD describes it as “illustrative o

Attorney General Awards CHAPA with Overseeing Grant Program to Assist Struggling Homeowners - September 24, 2014


HomeCorps-Funded Program Will Help Families and Individuals Facing Foreclosure Statewide

New Lease for Homeless Families Launches a New Website - September 19, 2014

New Lease for Homeless Families announces the launch of a new website, You'll see New Lease families' stories, news/events, the history of the program and much more.

Click here to check it out!