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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Obama Administration Releases October Housing Scorecard - November 4, 2011

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the October edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest housing data offer continued mixed signals as new home sales rose compared to August, but were still slightly down from the prior year. Mortgage defaults and foreclosure sales continued a downward trend as more homeowners were able to secure mortgage relief.

Housing Briefs - November 3, 2011

State Updates

Patrick-Murray Administration and Legislature Support Supplemental Budget to Address High Demand for Emergency Shelter and Short-Term Rental Assistance

Since launching reforms to change the Commonwealth’s response to homelessness, over 2,500 families have sought access to Emergency Assistance or HomeBase, the Commonwealth’s new alternative to shelter, each month.  Approximately 38% of these families have been deemed eligible to receive benefits.  Neither program is budgeted to meet that level of demand. 

CHAPA Letter to Massachusetts Delegation on the FY12 HUD Budget Negotiations - November 2, 2011

Please click here to read CHAPA's letter.

A summary of the FY2012 budget Senate and House proposals can be found here.

House Ways and Means Committee Releases Supplemental Budget for Emergency Assistance and HomeBase - November 1, 2011

The legislation provides $21 million for Emergency Assistance and $18 million for HomeBase.  It prevents eligibility changes to Emergency Assistance through regulatory or policy changes and prohibits access to HomeBase rental assistance for families that apply after Oct. 28th.   


Mark Zandi Releases Analysis of New HARP Changes by Obama Administration - October 31, 2011

Click here to download Mark Zandi's special report, "Improved HARP Will Expand Refinancing, Boost Recovery."

Corporation for Supportive Housing and HEARTH Release Policy Paper on Ending Elder Homelessness - October 31, 2011

Please click here to download the policy paper, "Ending Homelessness among Older Adults and Elders through Permanent Supportive Housing."

CHAPA Releases 2011 Massachusetts Housing Trends - October 26, 2011

Please click here to download CHAPA's summary of 2011 housing trends in Massachusetts.