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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Division of Banks Announces Round Five of Regional Foreclosure Centers Funding - November 26, 2012

Funding Overview:

Pursuant to Chapter 206 of the Acts of 2007, An Act Protecting and Preserving Homeownership, the Massachusetts Legislature has approved the appropriation of an amount not to exceed $2 million for grants in support of first-time homeownership counseling programs and for Regional Foreclosure Education Centers.

Eligibility Requirements:

Action for Boston Community Development seeking Volunteers for VITA Tax Program - November 16, 2012

What is VITA?

ABCD provides free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) as part of the EITC Coalition, as led by Mayor Thomas M. Menino. We help residents prepare and electronically file tax returns. Thousands of individuals get the tax credits they deserve because of special people like you. The Financial Futures Initiative at ABCD would like to make sure that none of our residents in Boston are left out from getting the money they deserve.

What Can I Do as a VITA Volunteer? ABCD is looking for volunteers to serve as…

DHCD Releases Details of new 'Compact Neighborhoods' Policy - November 15, 2012

According to language contained within the new policy document, "The Department of Housing and Community Development will offer, effective November 14, 2012, additional incentives to municipalities that adopt zoning districts promoting the Commonwealth’s strong interest in housing for working families of all incomes and in smart growth.  For purposes of this Policy, these zoning districts will be called “Compact Neighborhoods.”  This new tool complements Chapter 40R, the Commonwealth’s Smart Growth Overlay District statute."

The Boston Foundation Releases Tenth Annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card - November 14, 2012

Report finds changing demand for housing in Greater Boston, calls for emphasis on transit-oriented, higher density development

Advocates Urge Mortgage Interest Deduction Reform and Reinvestment in Affordable Housing - November 8, 2012

The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently came out in favor of a cap to the Mortgage Interest Rate tax deduction. The specifics of their proposal can be read here.

While the Center on Budget Policy Priorities has recently proposed a renter's tax credit to promote equity and advance a more balanced national housing policy.

Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston seeks Civil Rights Volunteers - October 15, 2012

Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston needs volunteers to eliminate housing discrimination & promote open communities.

We need civic-minded individuals interested in social justice to help document housing discrimination so we can challenge it through administrative and legal systems.

  • Flexibility & minimal time commitment
  • Paid stipends
  • Training required

Trainings will be held on

October 19, 2012 and October 27, 2012


CHAPA Housing Briefs - October 12, 2012

State Updates

Patrick Administration Releases FY’13 Capital Budget