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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


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.

Edward W. Brooke, who broke down barriers, dies at 95 - January 5, 2015

By Mark Feeney | Globe Staff

Edward W. Brooke, the Massachusetts Republican who was the first African-American to be elected to the US Senate since Reconstruction, died Saturday morning in his Coral Gables, Fla., home. He was 95, and his health had declined in the past couple of months.

Mr. Brooke served in the Senate from 1967 to 1979. Elected attorney general in 1962 and reelected two years later, he was the first African-American to hold that office in any state.

FHFA Proposed Membership Rule Open for Comment - December 29, 2014

The Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) is seeking to amend its membership rules, which has the potential to impact current and future members of the Federal Home Loan Bank and impact the amount of funds available for affordable housing and community economic development.

Chrystal Kornegay named new Undersecretary of DHCD - December 29, 2014

Chrystal Kornegay, CHAPA Board President and Urban Edge President and CEO, was named Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development in Governor-elect Charlie Baker’s administration.

CHAPA congratulates Chrystal and looks forward to working with her in her new role.

Click here to read more.

Patrick Administration Announces New Funding To Create Over 235 Units Of Supportive Housing - December 22, 2014

New Supportive Housing Units Bring Total Number Over 3,000, Tripling Governor Patrick’s Initial 1,000-Unit Goal