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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News

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Statement of Aaron Gornstein on the Upcoming State Budget - January 3, 2011

This month, Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) joined several other partners to advocate for adequate budget resources to keep families, persons with disabilities, and seniors in affordable homes instead of shelters. The group, called the Building Blocks Coalition, is working to draw attention to the fact that Massachusetts housing costs are unaffordable and without greater resources, many more residents are going to end up homeless in the coming year.

Massachusetts Foreclosures Drop in November - January 3, 2011

For the second consecutive month, both year-over-year foreclosure petitions and deeds decreased by double-digit percentages in Massachusetts, according to The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. Foreclosure activity in November reached its lowest levels so far in 2010.

To read the full article, click here.

Congress Passes Section 202 Reform Bill - December 23, 2010

To view more information from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, click here.

Obama Administration Announces Nearly $73 Million in Housing Counseling Grants - December 23, 2010

WASHINGTON – In an effort to help families find decent housing and to prevent future foreclosures, the Obama Administration today announced nearly $73 million in housing counseling grants to more than 500 national, regional and local organizations. As a result of the funding announced today, hundreds of thousands of households will have a greater opportunity to find housing or keep the homes they have because of the housing counseling and counseling training grants awarded today by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Building Blocks Letter on State Housing Budget Priorities - December 21, 2010

Please click here to read the final Building Blocks FY'12 budget letter.

Congress Enacts Legislation to Reform HUD's Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities - December 21, 2010

From the Technical Assistance Collaborative:

Section 811 Reforms

The Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act makes long overdue improvements to the Section 811 program by:

New CRA Regulation Encourages Support for Neighborhood Stabilization Program - December 20, 2010

December 15, 2010 - Agencies Expand Scope of Community Reinvestment Act Regulations to Encourage Support for HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program Activities

The federal bank and thrift regulatory agencies today announced changes to Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations to support stabilization of communities affected by high foreclosure levels.

To view the full press release click here.

Innovative Public-Private Partnership Introduces $100M Program to Preserve Affordable Rental Homes - December 16, 2010

(Chicago, IL) — An innovative partnership to finance the preservation of federally-subsidized rental housing in underserved markets brings together major financial institutions, philanthropy, and the federal government.

Innovative Public-Private Partnership Introduces $100M Program to Preserve Affordable Rental Homes - December 16, 2010

(Chicago, IL) — An innovative partnership to finance the preservation of federally-subsidized rental housing in underserved markets brings together major financial institutions, philanthropy, and the federal government.

Housing Briefs - December 10, 2010

State Updates

Administration Releases FY2011 Capital Budget

Last month, the Patrick/Murray Administration released the Commonwealth’s FY2011 capital budget. The capital budget for affordable housing is level-funded at $168 million.

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