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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


DHCD Publishes NOFA for National Housing Trust Fund - October 21, 2016

DHCD posted a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF).  DHCD will make available HTF and MRVP vouchers to help finance rental projects with support services for vulnerable populations.  

Kuehn Foundation Opened 2017-2019 Kuehn Fellowship Applications for Host Organizations - October 11, 2016

The Kuehn Foundation opened its 2017-2019 Kuehn Fellowship selection process and are now accepting applications from host organizations through November 15, 2016.  New information is on their website. The goals of the Kuehn Fellows program are twofold: to inspire and equip women and men at the start of their careers to follow Bob Kuehn’s vision and vocation in affordable housing, and to add to the capacity of Massachusetts non-profit affordable housing organizations.

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $125,000 in Housing Grants to Nine Communities - October 7, 2016

Grafton, Auburn, Lenox and the Towns of Martha’s Vineyard will use funding to advance long-term housing and planning goals

Boston – October 6, 2016 – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced $125,000 in Planning Assistance Towards Housing (PATH) grant funding for the communities of Grafton, Auburn, and Lenox, and to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission. These awardees join 24 others that have received a PATH grant award since the program’s authorization in 2014.

CHAPA is Hiring a Program Manager - September 21, 2016

CHAPA is hiring!

Program Manager

CHAPA Housing Briefs - September 12, 2016

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


DHCD Proposes Changes to State Public Housing and Affirmative Action Regulations - September 6, 2016

DHCD has scheduled public hearings on proposed changes to the regulations governing state-aided public housing (including modernization and public housing innovation), and Affirmative Action requirements.  The hearings will be held on September 20 (Boston), 

DHCD Announces Hearings on Proposed Changes in FY2017 CDBG Allocation Process - August 31, 2016

DHCD will hold hearings on September 8 (Worcester), September 9 (Boston) and September 14 (West Springfield on proposed major changes in the way it awards CDBG funds in FY2017.  Written comments will be accepted up to September 23.

HUD Issues Proposed FY2017 FMRS for Comment, 8% Increase for Boston Area, 15% Drop for Cape

In an August 26 Federal Register notice, HUD published proposed Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for FY2017 for the Housing Choice Voucher program.

New TA Project, "Mobility Works," Announced - August 23, 2016

On August 23rd, PRRAC announced the launch of a new technical assistance project, "Mobility Works," a foundation-supported consortium of housing mobility practitioners, researchers, and policy experts that will assist housing agencies and non-profits seeking to develop comprehensive regional housing mobility programs. For more information, click here.

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Affordable Housing Development Awards - August 15, 2016

Awards represent significant investment in affordable housing and will create or preserve 1,420 housing units across the Commonwealth

BOSTON – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced awards to fund the development, renovation and preservation of affordable rental housing across the Commonwealth. This award round builds on the Administration’s commitment to expanding affordable housing options for Massachusetts families.