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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


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.

Patrick Administration Launches - August 20, 2014

Website will assist potential home owners throughout all stages of home buying process
BOSTON – August, 20, 2014 – Today, Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Aaron Gornstein announced the launch of, a website developed to assist potential homebuyers purchase their first home.  The website, created under the Mass Mortgage Compact announced by Governor Deval Patrick, will provide information on finding affordable and reliable state sponsored mortgage products. was developed by Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and is a joint marketing effort between MassHousing and Mass Housing Partnership.

Boston, gateway cities lead distress dip - August 20, 2014

MHP Foreclosure Monitor
Overall foreclosure distress in Massachusetts declined 43.7 percent from July 2013 to July 2014, with Boston and the state's gateway cities both seeing healthy declines.
For the latest data on communities and census tracts that are still feeling the impacts of foreclosures, click here to read the latest Foreclosure Monitor.  


Registration Open for the 25th Annual Conference of the Connecticut Housing Coalition - August 18, 2014

Celebrating Coalition: The 25th Annual Conference of The Connecticut Housing Coalition

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford 

Click here for more information.