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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Announces Working Cities Challenge - February 12, 2013

Announcing the Working Cities Challenge:
A New Initiative for Massachusetts Smaller Cities

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $67 Million to Build or Preserve 1,326 Housing Units Across Massachusetts - February 7, 2013

Projects will create over 1,700 construction jobs across Massachusetts

REVERE – February 7, 2013 – Continuing the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to improving housing infrastructure as a means to growing local businesses and improving communities, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki today announced $67 million in affordable housing resources and tax credits for 23 developments in 21 communities across the Commonwealth.

CHAPA Announces Small Technical Assistance Grants to Massachusetts Communities - January 22, 2013

CHAPA is introducing the second phase of its Welcome Home Massachusetts initiative: Technical Assistance Grants will be offered to communities to both energize and mobilize local support for affordable housing or create additional affordable housing opportunities.

The Welcome Home Massachusetts grant funding will be provided to each recipient community to advance a specific housing development or create a better environment in which to advance a local housing agenda.

Federal Reserve Reaches Agreement with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to Pay $557 million to Mortgage Borrowers - January 18, 2013

For immediate release (From the Federal Reserve Board)

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have reached agreements in principle with the Federal Reserve Board to pay $557 million in cash payments and other assistance to help mortgage borrowers.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - January 16, 2013

State Updates

Governor Files Legislation to Replace Local Housing Authorities with Six Regional Agencies

MassHousing Lended Over $1 billion for Affordable Homeownership in 2012 - January 15, 2013

BOSTON – January 10, 2013 – On the heels of recent good news about fewer foreclosures, rising home prices and increased home sales comes another encouraging sign for the Massachusetts housing market. MassHousing reported today that it provided more than $1 billion in home mortgage loans last year, exceeding by 52 percent the Agency’s previous record for homeownership lending in a calendar year.

MassNAHRO Issues Response to Governor's Public Housing Legislation - January 10, 2013


The association representing 242 local housing authorities in Massachusetts, rejecting Governor Patrick’s proposal to eliminate local responsibility for public housing, announced today it will propose a sweeping reform of public housing that would promote greater cost efficiency without sacrificing the longstanding tradition of local control and decision-making.

Governor Patrick Announces Legislation to Improve Oversight, Efficiency of Local Housing Authorities - January 10, 2013

Legislation continues reforms the Administration has made to strengthen the Commonwealth’s Public Housing System and to promote regionalization

Fannie Mae Announces $10.3 Billion Agreement with Bank of America - January 8, 2013

From Fannie Mae Press Release:

Fannie Mae Reaches Comprehensive Resolution with Bank of America, Yielding Positive Outcome for Taxpayers