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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Billions in Capital Investments for Massachusetts Communities Announced - October 9, 2012

Capital plan focuses on Housing Investments, Higher Education, Job creation and Infrastructure Investments

BOSTON – Tuesday, October 9, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today unveiled his Fiscal Year (FY) 2013-2017 Capital Investment Plan, which continues the Patrick-Murray Administration's efforts to support long-term economic growth and stimulate job creation by calling for significant investments in higher education, transportation, economic development, housing and other infrastructure and assets.

Chapter 40B: Past, Present & Future Conference Materials


The Basics of the Comprehensive Permit Process (pre-conference session)

DHCD Issues RFR for Project-Based Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) Supportive Housing Initiative (SHI) For Families - September 17, 2012

The MRVP Supportive Housing Initiative RFR is now published on the Comm-PASS website (  Search for the RFR document under Solicitation Document Number DHCD2013-07S


Federal OMB Report Confirms Sequestration will in Result in Massive Cuts to Federal Housing Programs - September 14, 2012

Please click here to access the full report from OMB.

Click here to read the National Low Income Housing Coalition's press release regarding sequestration cuts.

DHCD Releases NOFA for Fall Rental Round - September 13, 2012

Please click here for additional information and the NOFA document on DHCD's website.

Boston Foundation Honored with HUD Secretary's Award for Community Foundations for the Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Fund - September 13, 2012

The new HUD Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations honors community foundations that work closely with the public sector on projects involving housing and neighborhood improvements, education, health and recreation, transportation, community participation, arts and culture, public safety, sustainability, and economic development.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - September 5, 2012

State Updates

DHCD Announces FY’13 Non-Utility Annual Expense Increase for State-Assisted Public Housing

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has notified housing authorities that they will receive a 6.5% increase in their non‑utility budget expense level caps.  The increase is a result of the $64.5 million FY’13 operating subsidy appropriation, federalization of over 3,500 units of public housing, and utility cost savings from energy efficiency improvements.

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.