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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Affordable Housing Programs FY 2016 Budget Trend Analysis - March 6, 2015

Click here to download the FY2016 budget trend analysis for affordable housing programs.

HUD Awards $150 Million to Provide Permanent Homes and Services to Extremely Low-Income Persons with Disabilities - March 5, 2015

On March 2nd, HUD announced that it is awarding $150 million in rental assistance to 25 State Housing Agencies to help prevent individuals with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized or falling into homelessness.

Massachusetts was awarded 100 Section 811 vouchers.

Click here to read the press release.

Building Blocks Coalition FY2016 Budget Priorities for Housing - February 26, 2015

Click here for The Building Blocks Coalition's FY2016 state budget priorities for affordable housing and homelessness prevention.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - February 5, 2015

Click here to read CHAPA's February Housing Briefs.

Spring 2015 NOFA for Affordable Housing Competition for Rental Projects - February 4, 2015

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced the start of the spring 2015 affordable housing competition for rental projects.  The deadline for submitting applications to the spring 2015 competition is Thursday, April 23, 2015.  On or before that date, DHCD will accept applications from sponsors whose projects were approved in February 2015 through the Department’s pre-application process.

Summary of President’s Budget Request for HUD – Fiscal Year 2016 - February 3, 2015

The President’s budget request for FY2016, released February 2, seeks funding increases for almost all HUD programs except CDBG, including a request for 67,000 incremental vouchers.  As detailed in a HUD fact sheet, it also includes funding new HUD/HHS initiatives to encourage innovative approaches to meeting housing needs by combining funding streams flexibly and working collaboratively.  Details on individual program funding requests can also be fund in HUD’s

Vote for Massachusetts Housing Innovations! - January 30, 2015

Three Massachusetts housing initiatives are finalists in HUD’s Innovation of the Day (IOD) Initiative.  People can vote for up to 3 winners (until February 10).  The IOD initiative was developed to disseminate information on innovative housing, community development and urban practices and to identify emerging trends and promising solutions.  Information on all 26 finalists can be seen at

National Housing Trust Fund Interim Rule Posted - January 29, 2015

HUD published an interim rule to implement the Housing Trust Fund in the Federal Register.  The rule is available on the Federal Register website:

CHAPA CALL TO ACTION! - January 26, 2015

Ask Your Legislators to Co-Sponsor the Housing Production Bill
Please take a few minutes to reach out to your legislators by phone, email, or social media and ask them to co-sponsor HD3173, AN ACT RELATIVE TO HOUSING PRODUCTION. The bill will provide Massachusetts with the tools necessary to help all residents in the Commonwealth have a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home.