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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


The New York Times Posts Editorial Advocating Increased Funding for Federal Affordable Housing Programs - December 5, 2012

December 4, 2012 - The New York Times has published an editorial outlining the need for more affordable housing across the United States and advocating for increases in Federal programs which provide housing for low- and extremely-low-income households. The editorial states that HUD would need $26 billion in funding to repair its public housing stock and that with decreasing federal support, housing authorities across the country have closed more than 150,000 public housing units.

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Schedule Hearings on the FY2014 Budget - December 4, 2012

From the December 4th Press Release: The EOHED will present the context for the FY14 state budget and gather valuable comments from stakeholders and members of the public regarding their priorities for funding.  The forums will begin with a short overview presentation, followed by an opportunity for audience members to provide testimony.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - December 3, 2012

State Updates

DHCD Announces Compact Neighborhoods Policy to Encourage Smart Growth Zoning

National Low Income Housing Coalition launches National Housing Preservation Database - November 29, 2012

The National Housing Preservation Database was created by the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC) and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) in an effort to provide communities with the information they need to effectively preserve their stock of public and affordable housing. The National Housing Preservation Database incorporates all available data on federally subsidized housing properties and includes nine separate funding streams.

Division of Banks Announces Round Five of Regional Foreclosure Centers Funding - November 26, 2012

Funding Overview:

Pursuant to Chapter 206 of the Acts of 2007, An Act Protecting and Preserving Homeownership, the Massachusetts Legislature has approved the appropriation of an amount not to exceed $2 million for grants in support of first-time homeownership counseling programs and for Regional Foreclosure Education Centers.

Eligibility Requirements:

Action for Boston Community Development seeking Volunteers for VITA Tax Program - November 16, 2012

What is VITA?

ABCD provides free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) as part of the EITC Coalition, as led by Mayor Thomas M. Menino. We help residents prepare and electronically file tax returns. Thousands of individuals get the tax credits they deserve because of special people like you. The Financial Futures Initiative at ABCD would like to make sure that none of our residents in Boston are left out from getting the money they deserve.

What Can I Do as a VITA Volunteer? ABCD is looking for volunteers to serve as…

DHCD Releases Details of new 'Compact Neighborhoods' Policy - November 15, 2012

According to language contained within the new policy document, "The Department of Housing and Community Development will offer, effective November 14, 2012, additional incentives to municipalities that adopt zoning districts promoting the Commonwealth’s strong interest in housing for working families of all incomes and in smart growth.  For purposes of this Policy, these zoning districts will be called “Compact Neighborhoods.”  This new tool complements Chapter 40R, the Commonwealth’s Smart Growth Overlay District statute."