Search form

Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


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.

2015 Housing Legislative Forum and Leadership Reception! - January 23, 2015

Join NLIHC and other affordable housing advocates from around the country as we engage with renowned thought and policy leaders to Educate, Advocate, Activate – NOW! The 2015 NLIHC Housing Legislative Forum will be packed with dynamic, powerhouse presenters, speakers and panelists — some of the best and brightest minds in the industry.

City of Boston Fair Housing Landlord Award 2015 - January 20, 2015

The Mayor's Office of Fair Housing and Equity is hosting its first Fair Housing Landlord Award. Mayor Walsh believes Boston will thrive when housing is affordable and accessible and neighborhoods are strong. The purpose of this award is to recognize landlords/housing providers who not only provide safe, healthy housing, but who also provide housing that is affordable and accessible to all; and who provide services that improve the ability of residents and the community at large to achieve economic, social and educational success.

HUD Secretary Julián Castro to Answer Housing Questions in Live Fireside Chat - January 20, 2015

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will join Zillow’s Chief Economist Stan Humphries for a fireside chat on Wednesday, January 21st at 9:15 a.m. EST at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.