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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:

Materials from CHAPA's August 6th Breakfast Forum: What do the Supreme Court Ruling on Disparate Impact and HUD’s Final Rule Mean for Fair Housing?

On August 6, 2015, CHAPA and the Mel King Institute co-sponsored a breakfast forum, "What do the Supreme Court Ruling on Disparate Impact and HUD’s Final Rule Mean for Fair Housing?"

Click here for materials from the forum.

Mass. Foreclosure Petitions Increase In June - August 4, 2015

Mass. Foreclosure Petitions Increase In June

BOSTON, Aug. 4, 2015 – Mass. foreclosure petitions rose in June, posting an 81 percent increase compared with June 2014, according to a new report from The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. This marked the 16th consecutive month of increases in petition filings.

13A Tenant Outreach Program RFQ - July 31, 2015

13A Tenant Outreach Program RFQ

Deadline - September 11, 2015

The Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) seeks qualified organizations and individuals to provide tenant outreach services for tenants currently residing at expiring use 13A properties. This Tenant Outreach Program (TOP) will provide information to tenants at all expiring use 13A developments. 

DHCD Posts Draft FY 2015–2019 HUD Consolidated Plan and Draft FY 2015 Action Plan - July 16, 2015

DHCD has posted a Draft FY 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, including a Draft FY 2015 Action Plan. During the public review period, DHCD will hold the following public hearing and will accept written comments until August 3, 2015.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
10:00 am – 11:00 am
MA Dept. of Housing and Community Development
100 Cambridge Street
Conference Room A, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA  02114

Budget Update: FY2016 Conference Committee Budget Provides Increased Investments for Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Programs - July 9, 2015

On July 8, 2015, the Conference Committee released its recommendations for the FY2016 State Budget. The Legislature adopted the $38.1 billion budget and sent it to Governor Baker for his consideration. The Governor has ten days to sign or veto portions of the budget.
The Legislature passed a budget with increased investment in many affordable housing and homelessness prevention programs. Highlights include:

HUD Announces Final Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing - July 8, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a final rule today to equip communities that receive HUD funding with data and tools to help them meet long-standing fair housing obligations in their use of HUD funds. HUD will also provide additional guidance and technical assistance to facilitate local decision-making on fair housing priorities and goals for affordable housing and community development.

CHAPA CALL TO ACTION: U.S. Senate Budget Proposal Drastically Decreases HOME Funding. Make Two Quick Calls to Senators Markey and Warren TODAY! June 25, 2015

The FY2016 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) has released a bill that virtually eliminates the HOME program.  HOME was funded at $900 million in FY16.  This THUD bill funds HOME at $66 million (a staggering 93% cut from last year!).

Supreme Court Upholds Disparate Impact as Fair Housing Legal Tool - June 25, 2015

By a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a category of U.S. Fair Housing Act - “disparate impact”. Click here for the decision, and click here for the article in the Washington Post.