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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Undersecretary Gornstein Chairs Last Meeting of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness - December 16, 2014

Through Council’s Efforts, Massachusetts is National Leader in the Housing First Movement

BOSTON – Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - Marking the Patrick Administration’s commitment to reducing homelessness in the Commonwealth, Department of Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein today presided over a meeting of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness (ICHH).The ICHH has met monthly since 2008, and today’s session marks the final under Governor Deval Patrick’s leadership.

Boston Globe - Boston gets $1.35 million grant for ‘Housing Innovation Lab’ - December 16, 2014

By Jack Newsham, Globe Correspondent

The city of Boston said Monday that it received a $1.35 million grant to create a “Housing Innovation Lab” that will study and suggest proposals to help achieve Mayor Martin Walsh’s goal of creating 53,000 new units of housing by 2030.

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2014 APA-MA Award Winners Announced - December 15, 2014

The American Planning Association-Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) announced the winners of the 2014 APA-MA Awards Program, which honors outstanding planning projects and planning leadership.

CHAPA congratulates Jennifer Raitt, CHAPA Board Member, on the Social Advocacy Award!


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Banker & Tradesman - Barney Frank Cheers, Warns Affordable Housing Advocates - December 15, 2014

Barney Frank Cheers, Warns Affordable Housing Advocates

FHFA Statement on the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund - December 11, 2014

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to begin setting aside and allocating funds to the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund pursuant to the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA). HERA authorized FHFA to temporarily suspend these allocations, and FHFA informed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of a temporary suspension on November 13, 2008. In letters sent today (links below), FHFA notified Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of the agency’s decision to reverse the temporary suspension.

Statement from Sheila Crowley, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition on the FY15 Funding Bill - December 10, 2014

Congressional appropriators released a proposed $1.01 trillion spending bill the evening of December 9 that will fund most of the federal government through September 2015.  The legislation provides full year funding for 11 of the 12 appropriations bills Congress is required to pass each year, including the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill. Congress is expected to approve the bill and send it to the President to sign in the coming days.

Massachusetts Launches Pay For Success Initiative to Reduce Chronic Individual Homelessness - December 8, 2014

Program will provide 500 units of stable supportive housing for up to 800 chronically homeless individuals over 6 years

Boston Housing Authority Posts Designated Housing Plan Presentations - December 8, 2014

BHA proposes increasing housing opportunities for elderly applicants

New Elder Advantage/Designated Housing Plan out for public comment

BHA Administrator Bill McGonagle is pleased to announce a new draft Designated Housing Plan for its federally funded elderly/disabled public housing developments. The Plan governs the percentage of elderly and non-elderly disabled households living in BHA’s 36 federal elderly/disabled public housing developments located throughout Boston.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - December 3, 2014

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