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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


September 2013 Chapter 40B Conference Materials - September 27, 2013

Chapter 40B: Re-emerging in a Recovering Market

UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center

Friday September 20, 2013


Basics of the Comprehensive Permit Process

Panel 1 - Changes to Comprehensive Permit Process

DHCD Issues Draft Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice - September 23, 2013

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has issued its 2013 Draft Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice and will post information on the public hearing and comment process on its website when it become available.  

Housing Briefs - September 9, 2013


Housing Bond Bill Heads to Conference Committee

Mayor Menino releases "Housing Boston 2020"- September 9, 2013

Mayor Thomas M. Menino is proposing a goal of building 30,000 homes in Boston by year 2020.

The plan calls for $16.5 billion in public and private investment.

Recommended steps include selling large chunks of city property, increasing fees on developers to help fund affordable housing, and approving some of the 3,600 housing units awaiting city permits.

Click here for link to the report and further information.

RWU Community Partnerships Center seeks Affordable Housing-Focused Projects for 2014 - September 6, 2013

The Roger Williams University (RWU) Community Partnerships Center has issued a Call for Projects with an affordable housing focus in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  The program is open to non-profits and government agencies and provides student-faculty teams that can provide a wide range of types of project-based assistance.  Applications are due by October 1.

Boston Globe Editorial Urges Legislators Not to Chip Away at Affordable Housing Law - September 6, 2013

In an editorial on September 5 entitled "Legislature Must Thwart Efforts to Chip Away at Housing Law", the Boston Globe called on the Legislature to respect the will of the voters and the economic needs of the state and reject efforts to weaken the comprehensive permit law.  The editorial describes three provisions inserted in the Housing Bond Bill that are designed to stop specific projects but are likely to

National Survey Seeks Information on Impacts of Sequestration on HUD Programs - September 3, 2013

The Non-Defense Discretionary (NDD) Coalition is preparing a report on sequestration that will illustrate the impact on users of NDD programs and highlight the successes of these programs pre-sequestration. The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) serves on the NDD Steering Committee and is working on the chapter on housing programs, and together with the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding, has put together a short survey to capture basic impacts of sequestration of HUD program funding on low income households and organizations.

CDBG Disaster Recovery Funds Plan Posted for Comment- August 26, 2013

From DHCD:


Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)

Action Plan

Just released-Increasing the Effectiveness of Government’s Response to the Intersection of Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts - August 26, 2013

A Joint document between the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness and the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Just Released:

Increasing the Effectiveness of Government’s Response to the Intersection of Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence in the Commonwealth of Massachusett

HUD Corrects Section 202/Section 811 Mixed Finance Rule – August 21, 2013

HUD published an amendment on August 15, making a technical correction to the final rule on "Streamlining Requirements Governing the Use of Funding for Supportive Housing for the Elderly and Persons With Disabilities Programs," issued this June.  Specifically, the amendment corrects language on the duration of fund reservation, making it clear that the rule extends the duration of the fund reservation for a capital adv