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Mass. Foreclosure Petitions In March Jump To Highest Level Since Last July (Banker & Tradesman) - April 22, 2010

Foreclosure activity in Massachusetts increased significantly during the month of March, according to the latest report by The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. The number of foreclosures initiated by lenders jumped 22 percent from the prior month and 8 percent from a year earlier.

National Low Income Housing Coalition Releases Annual Out of Reach Study - April 22, 2010

Despite the emphasis on homeownership and the marginalization of renters, renter households still make up fully one-third of the households in the United States — almost 38 million households. Out of Reach is a side-by-side comparison of wages and rents in every county, Metropolitan Area (MSAs/HMFAs), combined nonmetropolitan area and state in the United States.

Please click here to view the study's findings. 

Housing Briefs - April 16, 2010

State Updates

House Ways and Means Committee Releases FY’11 State Budget Proposal

House Ways and Means Level-Funds Most Housing Programs - April 15, 2010

Please click here for CHAPA's FY 2011 Budget Analysis.

Click here for The Building Blocks Coalition's FY 2011 Budget Priorities.

New CBPP Report: President's Budget Would Strengthen Voucher Program - April 8, 2010

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has issued a new analysis of the Obama Administration’s 2011 budget request for the Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher program. The President’s budget requests $17.1 billion to renew vouchers in 2011, an increase of $875 million above the 2010 funding level. This amount is likely to be just enough to renew all vouchers in use this year, according to the Center’s preliminary estimates. In contrast, freezing voucher renewal funding at its 2010 level would cause approximately 100,000 low-income families to lose housing assistance.

HUD Issues Notices on NSP Program - April 5, 2010

Please click here for the NSP Notice on Abandoned and Foreclosed Properties.

Please click here for the NSP2 Notice on Abandoned and Foreclosed Properties.

HUD Releases Discussion Draft of Transforming Rental Assistance Initiative - April 2, 2010

In the 2011 budget, HUD proposes to launch a multi-year effort called the Transforming Rental Assistance (TRA) initiative to preserve HUD-funded public and assisted housing, stem the loss of affordable units, enhance housing choice for residents and streamline the administration of HUD’s rental assistance programs. In 2011, the first phase of this initiative would provide $350 million to preserve approximately 300,000 units of public and assisted housing and expand housing choices for families with Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs).

Mass. Median Home Prices Rise For Third Straight Month; Home Sales Jump Year-Over-Year (Banker & Tradesman) - March 31, 2010

The median price for single-family homes sold in Massachusetts during the month of February jumped 8.4 percent compared to a year earlier, the third consecutive month of year-over-year increases in prices, according to a new report from The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. The uptick in home prices comes as single-family home sales escalated 13.5 percent in February."

DHCD Announces 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan Draft is Available for Public Comment - March 29, 2010

The 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan Draft is now available. Every five years, DHCD is required to produce this plan for HUD detailing how Massachusetts will use the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Shelter Grant, and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS funding to advance housing and community development goals. This plan sets out goals and strategies for Massachusetts’ housing and community development priorities over the next five years.

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