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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Governor Announces Homeownership Compact and Commonwealth Housing Week - June 10, 2013


Proclaims June 10-16, Commonwealth Housing Week

Secretary Bialecki Announces Multi-Family Advisory Committee; Joint Partnership with EEA and DOT - June 5, 2013

For Immediate Release - June 05, 2013

Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki today announced the formation of a new Multi-Family Advisory Committee, which will advise the Department of Housing and Community Development on how to build broader support for multi-family housing. This announcement continues the Patrick Administration’s work in building a coalition of leaders committed to creating more housing in Massachusetts.

MHP Publishes Foreclosure Monitor, Which Looks at Recent Decrease in MA Foreclosures - May 31, 2013

BOSTON, May 31, 2013 --- A 2012 law that requires banks to notify borrowers of their rights to pursue a loan modification before foreclosing may be a factor in the precipitous drop in foreclosures in the first quarter of 2013.

Housing Briefs - May 30, 2013

State Updates

Senate Budget Update

Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces New Leadership for Three Major Policy Initiatives - May 30, 2013

BOSTON – Thursday, May 30, 2013 – As part of Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray’s transition, the Lieutenant Governor today announced new leadership to chair and oversee policies to end and prevent homelessness, substance abuse and sexual and domestic violence.  Since his first term in office, the Lieutenant Governor has been the Administration’s lead on these three major policy initiatives to help some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable populations.

Updated Comprehensive Permit (40B) Guidelines Issued - May 29, 2013

DHCD has posted an updated version of its Comprehensive Permit Guidelines on its website.  The update includes parenthetical notes on what has changed in this version.

DHCD Announces Launch of and Request for Applications for High Leverage Asset Preservation Program (HILAPP) - May 22, 2013

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced this week the launch of the High Leverage Asset Preservation Program (HILAPP) and is soliciting first-round applications for funding. DHCD developed HILAPP in partnership with MassNAHRO and other affordable housing leaders who are part of the Mixed-Finance and Funding Working Group. DHCD convened this working group in fall 2012 in accordance with recommendations from the Governor’s Commission on Public Housing Sustainability and Reform.

DHCD Releases Draft Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan; Hearing to be Held May 29 - May 14, 2013

DHCD has released its Draft Consolidated Plan and Annual Action plan and will hold a hearing on it on May 29 in Worcester.  The deadline for public comment is June 3.  Both the notice and draft are posted on DHCD's website.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (the Bank) has Announced $18.2 Million for 2013 Round of Affordable Housing Program (AHP) - May 6, 2013

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (the Bank) has announced it has $18.2 million available for the 2013 round of their Affordable Housing Program (AHP).

The AHP encourages local planning of affordable rental and homeownership initiatives and allows the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston to address, in partnership with their member institutions, affordable-housing needs in communities across New England. A portion of the Bank's net earnings funds the program, which awards grants and low-interest advances or loans, through member institutions.

Housing Briefs - May 2, 2013

State Updates

Massachusetts House Debates FY’14 Budget: Housing Programs Hold Steady