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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.

Housing Briefs - March 16, 2012

State Updates

State Legislature Passes Supportive Housing bill; Awaits Governor’s approval

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Increase in Fuel Assistance Benefit for Low-Income Residents - March 6, 2012

BOSTON – Tuesday, March 6, 2012 – The Patrick-Murray Administration today announced an increase in fuel assistance for low-income Massachusetts residents, bringing the total Massachusetts LIHEAP allocation to $153.6 million in Fiscal Year 2012. The increase brings the maximum deliverable fuel benefit per household to $1,095, a slight increase over Fiscal Year 2011. The maximum utility benefit will increase to $635 from $525 earlier this year.

Housing Briefs - February 16, 2012

State Updates

49 States and Federal Government Agree to Settlement with Nation’s Five Largest Mortgage Servicers over Foreclosure Practices

HUD Releases Proposed FY2013 Budget - February 14, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today unveiled HUD’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposal. Titled Housing and Communities Built to Last, the budget reflects the President’s vision of an America that can draw strength from its vibrant communities and momentum from a robust housing market.  Read HUD’s proposed FY 2013 budget.