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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


HUD Publishes Study which Finds that Affordable Housing Remains Affordable 15 Years after Low Income Housing Tax Credits Take Effect - August 30, 2012

WASHINGTON – Since its inception, the nation’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program helped produce more than 2.2 million affordable apartments, accounting for roughly one-third of all multi-family rental housing constructed between 1987 and 2006.  A new report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development finds that after an initial 15-year required ‘affordability period,’ the vast majority of these LIHTC properties remain affordable for working families.

Local Documentarians Release Trailer for Upcoming Film that Chronicles the Struggles of Fenway Residents in the 1970s - August 30, 2012

"Burning Greed" is a film that chronicles the struggles of Fenway neighborhood residents as they fought against an arson for profit ring in their neighborhood in the 1970’s. The makers of "Burning Greed" have just released a trailer for their upcoming film.

Click here for one page promo or click here to view the trailer. 

AG Coakley, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Tour Abandoned Brockton Home, Discuss AG's HomeCorps Foreclosure Prevention Program - August 27, 2012

HomeCorps Program Has Already Received More Than 7,800 Calls To Hotline Since April From Distressed Homeowners

BOSTON – On Monday, Attorney General Martha Coakley met with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Brockton Mayor Linda M. Balzotti and other officials to tour an abandoned property in Brockton and address the steps being taken to combat the severe foreclosure crisis in the community and other municipalities across the Commonwealth.

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Funds to Combat Homelessness - August 23, 2012

$5.3 million for emergency shelter, rehousing and prevention programs

BOSTON – Thursday, August 23, 2012 - The Patrick-Murray Administration’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) today announced $5.3 million in federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds to combat homelessness in the Commonwealth. The funds will support emergency shelters, rapid rehousing for individuals and homelessness prevention programs for families.

More Than $19 Million in HomeCorps Grants Awarded to Address Foreclosure Crisis Across the Commonwealth - August 20, 2012

Funding a Result of Multi-State Settlement with Five National Banks in Connection with Illegal Foreclosures and Loan Servicing

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proposes Rules to Protect Mortgage Borrowers - August 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today proposed two notices containing rules to protect homeowners from surprises and costly mistakes by their mortgage servicers.

The first set of CFPB’s proposed rules would provide consumers with clear and timely information about their mortgages so they can avoid costly surprises. They would bring greater transparency to the market.

HUD Releases FY13 Proposed Fair Market Rents - August 9, 2012

A notice announcing the FY13 Proposed Fair Market Rents (FMRs) was posted in the Federal Register on August 3. FMRs are used as the basis for determining payment standards in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, and appropriate rents for project-based programs.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Extends Deadline for Independent Foreclosure Review - August 6, 2012

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is encouraging borrowers who were financially harmed in the mortgage foreclosure process in 2009 and 2010 to request an independent review. If the review finds errors in how the foreclosure was handled, borrowers may be eligible to receive compensation. Borrowers have until December 31, 2012, to submit a request. To get more information or start the process visit:

To apply borrowers need to meet the following three requirements:

Governor Patrick Signs Foreclosure Prevention Law to Expand Protections for Homeowners - August 6, 2012

BOSTON – Friday, August 3, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today signed “An Act Preventing Unlawful and Unnecessary Foreclosures.” The new law expands important consumer protections and continues the Commonwealth’s national leadership on foreclosure prevention.

Click here to read the full press release.