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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Census Bureau’s American Community Survey Provides New State and Local Income, Poverty, Health Insurance Statistics - September 18, 2014

Income levels and poverty rates were not statistically different for most states from 2012 to 2013, according to statistics released today from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the nation’s most comprehensive data source on American households.

DHCD Regulation Amendments - September 18, 2014

Effective September 15, 2014, DHCD promulgated emergency amendments to five regulations to comply with An Act Financing the Production and Preservation of Housing for Low and Moderate Income Residents (St. 2013, c.

Housing fights not so one-sided - September 15, 2014

By Scott O'Connell, MetroWest Daily News Staff
Posted Sep. 14, 2014 @ 6:15 am

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CHAPA Housing Briefs - September 11, 2014

Click here to read CHAPA's September Housing Briefs.

MassHousing Releases Fall Training Schedule - September 8, 2014

TAP, MassHousing's Tenant Assistance Program, offers courses to property management and social service staff that address social issues affecting families and seniors in rental housing.

Click here for more information and for the training schedule.

The Affordable Housing Crisis in Massachusetts: Where do the Gubernatorial Candidates Stand? - September 4, 2014

Massachusetts faces an affordable housing crisis, and there are two major problems – inadequate supply and affordability – that restrict housing choice and limit opportunities for many residents. Solving the affordable housing crisis requires strong executive leadership that prioritizes affordable housing policy.

In order to shed light on the issues, CHAPA has released a policy summary that examines the current state of affordable housing and provides recommendations for the incoming administration.

The Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen Seeks Expressions of Interest from Qualified Developers - August 26, 2014

The Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen seeks Expressions of Interest from qualified developers to create a residential or mixed use development that will assist the Town of Shrewsbury in making progress toward the 10% statutory minimum under M.G.L. c.40B, Sections 21-23 ("Chapter 40B").  The Board of Selectmen wishes to work in partnership with one or more developers to carry out a project that gains the Town's status as a certified Housing Production Plan community and addresses the objectives outlined in this RFI.   

Report: Affordable Rental Housing Still Elusive for Lowest Income Americans - August 25, 2014

There are more renters today than in previous decades, but there are not enough units renting at affordable prices to meet the needs of the lowest income households. According to Housing Spotlight: The Affordable Rental Housing Gap Persists, released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), there is a deficit of 7.1 million rental units affordable and available to extremely low income households, those with income at or below 30% of area median income. Nationwide, there are only 31 affordable and available units for every 100 extremely low income renters. Extremely low income renters make up 25% of the total renter population, but just 7% of all rental units were affordable and available to this population. This report is based on 2012 data, the latest available.

Click here to read the full press release.