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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Housing Briefs - May 21, 2012

State Updates

Senate Ways and Means Committee Releases FY2013 Budget; Senate to Begin Budget Debate on May 23

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (SWM) released its FY’13 budget proposal on May 16th and Senators had until Friday, May 18th to file amendments to the state spending bill.  Here are some of the highlights:  

HUD Studies Show Housing Counseling Helps Families Prepare for Homeownership and Keep the Homes They Have - May 18, 2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released two reports on the impact of HUD-approved housing counseling has for those families who purchase their first homes and those struggling to prevent foreclosure.  In both studies, HUD found housing counseling significantly improved the likelihood homeowners remained in their homes.

2012 MassWorks Infrastructure Program Application Materials Now Available - May 11, 2012

2012 MassWorks Infrastructure Program application materials are now online. The second annual MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant round will be open to new applications through an online system between Monday, Aug. 27 and Monday, Sept. 10.

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides a one-stop shop for municipalities and other eligible public entities seeking public infrastructure funding to support economic development and job creation. Municipalities with a population of 7,000 or less may also seek grants for road improvement that enhance safety.

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $105 Million to Build or Preserve 2,196 Housing Units Across Massachusetts - May 9, 2012


Projects will create an estimated 3,000 construction jobs

Housing Briefs - April 26, 2012

A Note from CHAPA’s new Executive Director, Brenda Clement

Greetings.  I want to thank you all for your warm welcome as I begin my new position at CHAPA.  I am honored that the CHAPA Board has entrusted me with this great opportunity, and I look forward to working with you all.  In the upcoming weeks, I hope to meet many of you in person at events and meetings.  Of course, please feel free to contact me directly at or 617-742-0820.  See you soon, Brenda           

Massachusetts House Adopts Reforms to CPA to Expand Use and Funding for Preservation - April 24, 2012

By Matt Murphy

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 23, 2012…. The House on Monday night approved a significant overhaul of the state’s Community Preservation Act, voting unanimously for an amendment to the state budget that could double the funding available to cities and towns in what supporters hailed as a vote for local aid and jobs.

The vote for the amendment, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington), was unanimous, with Rep. Timothy Madden, a Nantucket Democrat, calling it the most important vote the House took all night.

AGO Announces Open Application Period for First Homecorps Grants - April 12, 2012


Funding A Result Of Multi-State Settlement With Five National Banks In Connection With Illegal Foreclosures And Loan Servicing

Patrick-Murray Administration Issues Local Housing Authority Salary and Contract Report and Recommendations - March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012: BOSTON – Thursday, March 22, 2012 – Furthering the effort to increase transparency and accountability in the Commonwealth’s public housing system, the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) today announced key findings and recommendations following their review of local housing authority (LHA) contracts and salaries.