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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


HUD Choice Neighborhoods Awards Announced - March 21, 2011

HUD announced winners of Choice Neighborhoods planning grants on Friday as well as 6 finalists selected to compete for $61M in implementation grants. Please click here to read tha press release.

Housing Briefs - March 16, 2011

State Updates

House Ways and Means Budget Set for Release in Four Weeks; Advocates Continue to Make the Case for Affordable Housing Programs

Affordable housing advocates have been busy walking the halls of the State House, sponsoring lobby days, holding meetings, and making phone calls to advocate for adequate funding for the state’s affordable housing programs.

House Passes Three-Week Continuing Resolution for FY11 Budget - March 15, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers gave the following statement on the floor of the House today in support of a Continuing Resolution (H.J.Res. 48) that will prevent a government shut down for an additional three weeks, while cutting $6 billion in non-security discretionary spending.

Foreclosure Monitor: Distress Continues in Surburban, Rural Areas - March 2, 2011

According to MHP's Foreclosure Monitor's latest analysis of distressed property data, the gradual shift in foreclosure activity away from urban areas into rural and suburban communities is continuing. Please click here to read more.

CHAPA Letter to Senator Kerry on FY11 HUD Budget Cuts - March 1, 2011

The House of Representatives passed its version of the FY11 federal budget on February 19th, with $61 billion in cuts compared to last year’s budget.  This includes a 12% cut to affordable housing and community development programs, which would have to be absorbed in the seven months remaining in this fiscal year.  The final outcome of this budget debate will greatly influence the upcoming FY12 budget process.

House Republicans Propose Termination of Foreclosure Programs - February 25, 2011


To read the full press release from the House Financial Services Committee, click here.

To read Congressman Barney Frank's response, click here.

NHC Report Shows Housing Affordability Worsening for Working Families - February 24, 2011

An Annual Look at the Housing Affordability Challenges of America’s Working Households

By Keith Wardrip
February 2011

This brief summarizes the key findings of an analysis of housing affordability trends for working households (see sidebar) between 2008 and 2009. The analysis shows that nearly one in four working households spends more than half of their income on housing costs. And despite falling home values, housing affordability worsened significantly for working owners and renters between 2008 and 2009.

HUD Secretary Donovan Names Barbara Fields as HUD'S New England Regional Administrator - February 18, 2011

BOSTON - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced President Barack Obama's selection of Barbara Fields to serve as HUD's Regional Administrator for the six states in HUD's New England Region including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Please click here to read the full press release.

Patrick-Murray Administration Pledges $71 Million to Build, Preserve 1,642 Housing Units - February 16, 2011

BOSTON – Wednesday, February 16, 2011 – As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's ongoing commitment to build strong communities by increasing affordable housing options, creating jobs and expanding economic opportunity, Governor Deval Patrick today pledged $71.37 million in resources from various affordable housing programs to support the construction of 31 rental developments in 21 communities across the Commonwealth. These funds will create an estimated 2,000 construction jobs.