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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


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."

The Boston Foundation Releases Tenth Annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card - November 14, 2012

Report finds changing demand for housing in Greater Boston, calls for emphasis on transit-oriented, higher density development

Advocates Urge Mortgage Interest Deduction Reform and Reinvestment in Affordable Housing - November 8, 2012

The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently came out in favor of a cap to the Mortgage Interest Rate tax deduction. The specifics of their proposal can be read here.

While the Center on Budget Policy Priorities has recently proposed a renter's tax credit to promote equity and advance a more balanced national housing policy.

Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston seeks Civil Rights Volunteers - October 15, 2012

Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston needs volunteers to eliminate housing discrimination & promote open communities.

We need civic-minded individuals interested in social justice to help document housing discrimination so we can challenge it through administrative and legal systems.

  • Flexibility & minimal time commitment
  • Paid stipends
  • Training required

Trainings will be held on

October 19, 2012 and October 27, 2012


CHAPA Housing Briefs - October 12, 2012

State Updates

Patrick Administration Releases FY’13 Capital Budget 

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