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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Massachusetts Attorney General Urges Supreme Court to Recognize Disparate Impact Claims Under Fair Housing Act - October 29, 2013

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on October 28 that her office has filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to recognize disparate impact claims under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA).

Housing Briefs - October 17, 2013


Housing Bond Bill Remains in Conference Committee

Commonwealth Housing Task Force Welcoming Communities Competition Request for Ideas - October 10, 2013

Commonwealth Housing Task Force
Commonwealth Housing Task Force
Expanding Opportunities Committee
Fall 2013

We need to hear from you: CHAPA 2014 Policy Priorities Survey - October 2, 2013


Provide your direct input to CHAPA by taking our

"Community Survey on CHAPA Policy Priorities"


CHAPA wants your input on our policy work for 2014 so that we can effectively address the biggest barriers to the production and preservation of affordable housing for low and moderate income households.

Results of the 5th Congressional District Candidate Questionnaire on Housing Are Now Posted - October 2, 2013


CHAPA recently sent a brief questionnaire to all ten candidates for Congress for District 5 in Massachusetts.  A special election for Massachusetts's 5th congressional district will take place on December 10, 2013, due to the resignation of Congressman Ed Markey following his election to the United States Senate.  Primary elections are scheduled for October 15.

HUD FY2013 Contingency Plan for Possible Lapse in Appropriations - October 1, 2013

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has posted a detailed contingency plan for a possible lapse in appropriations on their website. To view the full document please click here

Presentation Materials from the CHAPA Brown Bag Lunch Series for Young Professionals with Rachel Bratt - September 27, 2013

Thank you to those who were able to attend the CHAPA Young Professional Group's Brown Bag lunch with Rachel Bratt, " The US Housing Crisis - 5 Years Later," on Wednesday.  Rachel drew a wonderful crowd and we hope everyone enjoyed the presentation.

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.