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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


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.

Secretary Castro to Deliver Remarks at the National Press Club Today - CSPAN - January 13, 2015

Secretary Julián Castro will deliver a speech, 2015: The Year for Housing Opportunity, at the National Press Club today at noon. As part of his remarks, Secretary Castro will highlight the important role housing plays in our nation’s economy.

DHCD Grant Alert - FY15 Planning Assistance Toward Housing - January 9, 2015

DHCD announces funding to municipalities to increase the supply of housing for a range of incomes by encouraging community-based planning activities that will lead directly to housing production.

Click here to read the notice of availability of funds.

Lowering FHA Premiums is Timely and Wise: Statement from NHC on President Obama’s Jan. 8 Housing Speech - January 9, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—January 8, 2015                                

Amy Clark
202.466.2121 (ext. 226)

State Awards $7.5 Million in Grants for Facilities Development to Increase Quality in Early Education Programs - January 8, 2015

For more information contact:
Kathleen Hart
Department of Early Education and Care
For Immediate Release: Monday, January 5, 2015

CHAPA Housing Briefs - January 8, 2015

Click here to read CHAPA's January Housing Briefs.


CHAPA welcomes Vincent O’Donnell as the Board of Directors’ Interim President - January 8 2015

CHAPA welcomes Vincent O’Donnell as the Board of Directors’ Interim President. Vince will replace Chrystal Kornegay as she takes over as Undersecretary for DHCD. Congratulations to both!

Cambridge Housing Authority Completes First Rental Assistance Demonstration Conversions - January 7, 2015

Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) announced that it has completed the conversion of its first 441 units of public housing to project-based assistance under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). Compared to public housing, RAD provides a more stable and predictable funding platform and allows owners to leverage additional funding for capital improvements. Over the next twelve to eighteen months, all of CHA’s 2,129 public housing units will be converted to RAD which will trigger over $200 million in sorely needed construction at housing developments throughout Cambridge.

CHAPA Summary of HUD FY2015 Budget - January 6, 2015

HUD’s FY2015 budget was finalized as part of an omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 83) signed by the President on December 16, 2014.

Project - Based Voucher Rent Increases - January 5, 2015

As part of the commitment to preserving affordable housing units under the MRVP, DHCD is implementing rent increases to the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) portfolio.

Note: These rent increases do not apply to units funded under the 13A program with Mass Housing.  DHCD is working with Owners of 13A units under a separate initiative.