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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Governor Patrick Signs Legislation to Improve Oversight, Efficiency of Local Housing Authorities - August 6, 2014

Bill Increases Tenant Involvement, Strengthens the Commonwealth's Public Housing System

BOSTON – Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today signed H.4374, “An Act Relative to Local Housing Authorities,” which will professionalize and modernize the operations and financial management of the Commonwealth’s housing authorities. Building on the Patrick Administration’s unprecedented commitment to public housing, the legislation will strengthen the governance structure of the housing authority system in order to protect the safety net that public housing provides for the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable families, seniors and persons with disabilities.

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CHAPA Housing Briefs - August 4, 2014


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Banker & Tradesman: MassHousing Closes On $9.3M Loans For Affordable Housing In Dorchester - July 29, 2014

MassHousing has closed on $9.3 million in loans to preserve and update affordable housing units in Dorchester.

The Lionhead Apartments are being acquired and renovated by the Abrams Development Co. As a condition of the financing, the owner has executed a 20-year extension to the Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract, extending the property’s affordability for 30 years as a condition of the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits which generated nearly $6 million in equity for the acquisition and renovation of the property.

NHC: Upzoning can create opportunities for affordable housing - July 29, 2014

by Robert Hickey, National Housing Conference

Surging demand for urban living is providing cities and older suburbs with a new way to engage private developers in creating mixed-income communities. My new report, Inclusionary Upzoning,  explains how. 


ABC News: Texan Castro Sworn in as New Housing Secretary - July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Jul 28, 2014, 7:04 PM ET

Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been sworn in as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The official ceremony makes Castro one of the highest-ranking Hispanics in the government.

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HousingWire: The future of affordable housing is Lego houses? - July 29, 2014

Danish company showcases 3D printed Lego-style home idea

Trey Garrison  July 28, 2014 2:34PM

Affordable housing is a worldwide challenge, even here in the United States. But when you think of it, people may have been playing with – and building – the very solution to the problem for going on 80-plus years.

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Affordable Housing Finance: Mapping America's Affordable Housing Gap - July 29, 2014

By Donna Kimura

There’s not a single county in the United States that has an even balance between the number of extremely low-income residents and affordable and available rental units. Not one.

Suffolk County, Mass., comes the closest. It has the smallest gap, with 50.4 affordable and available units available per 100 rents.

Cobb County, Ga., has the biggest gap, with just 2.8 affordable and available units per 100 rents, according to the Urban Institute, which has unveiled an online map that details the nation’s rental housing crisis. Visitors can click on any county to see how large the affordable housing gap is in the area.

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The Boston Globe: A housing model that can help middle class - July 29, 2014

By Paul McMorrow  | GLOBE COLUMNIST   JULY 29, 2014
BOSTON DEVELOPERS are used to battling their way toward groundbreaking ceremonies. There are few real estate deals in town that don’t come loaded with some form of bloodsport, whether it’s the dust-ups over building heights downtown, the brutal parking conflagrations found on every block in South Boston, or something more amorphous, like the toxic identity politics that have dogged new housing construction in Jamaica Plain. These battles pop up frequently enough that they’ve taken on the feel of a ritual dance. The contours of the conflicts feel familiar, even as the address of the field of battle shifts.

Huffington Post: More Vouchers and Supportive Housing Will End Homelessness - July 28, 2014

By: Deborah De Santis, President and CEO of CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing)
Posted: 07/28/2014 10:54 am EDT 

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Seeking nominations for the Curator of the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University Graduate School of Design - July 28, 2014

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) invites nominations and applications for the position of Curator of the Loeb Fellowship. Now in its fifth decade, the Fellowship was founded with a gift from John and Frances Loeb. Over those five decades the Fellowship has offered the resources of Harvard to a diverse group of over 450 Loeb Fellows from 36 U.S. states and 18 countries. For more information see: