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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Funds to Combat Homelessness - August 23, 2012

$5.3 million for emergency shelter, rehousing and prevention programs

BOSTON – Thursday, August 23, 2012 - The Patrick-Murray Administration’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) today announced $5.3 million in federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds to combat homelessness in the Commonwealth. The funds will support emergency shelters, rapid rehousing for individuals and homelessness prevention programs for families.

More Than $19 Million in HomeCorps Grants Awarded to Address Foreclosure Crisis Across the Commonwealth - August 20, 2012

Funding a Result of Multi-State Settlement with Five National Banks in Connection with Illegal Foreclosures and Loan Servicing

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proposes Rules to Protect Mortgage Borrowers - August 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today proposed two notices containing rules to protect homeowners from surprises and costly mistakes by their mortgage servicers.

The first set of CFPB’s proposed rules would provide consumers with clear and timely information about their mortgages so they can avoid costly surprises. They would bring greater transparency to the market.

HUD Releases FY13 Proposed Fair Market Rents - August 9, 2012

A notice announcing the FY13 Proposed Fair Market Rents (FMRs) was posted in the Federal Register on August 3. FMRs are used as the basis for determining payment standards in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, and appropriate rents for project-based programs.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Extends Deadline for Independent Foreclosure Review - August 6, 2012

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is encouraging borrowers who were financially harmed in the mortgage foreclosure process in 2009 and 2010 to request an independent review. If the review finds errors in how the foreclosure was handled, borrowers may be eligible to receive compensation. Borrowers have until December 31, 2012, to submit a request. To get more information or start the process visit:

To apply borrowers need to meet the following three requirements:

Governor Patrick Signs Foreclosure Prevention Law to Expand Protections for Homeowners - August 6, 2012

BOSTON – Friday, August 3, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today signed “An Act Preventing Unlawful and Unnecessary Foreclosures.” The new law expands important consumer protections and continues the Commonwealth’s national leadership on foreclosure prevention.

Click here to read the full press release.

Housing Briefs - August 1, 2012

State Updates

Massachusetts 2011-2012 Legislative Session Ends

HUD Releases Draft Interim Regulations for Continuum of Care Program - July 25, 2012

HUD's draft interim regulations for the Continuum of Care program will take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.  HUD will accept comments for 60 days after publication. 

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HUD Releases Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Notice - July 25, 2012

From HUD's website:

The final notice implementing RAD, incorporating changes made as result of public comments on the initial notice (PIH Notice 2012-18), will be released Thursday, July 26, 2012.

Upon the notice’s release, owners will have 90 days to apply to be considered for the Initial Application period. Additionally, owners of Rent Supp, RAP, and Mod Rehab properties looking to participate in RAD’s second component, which allows the conversion of assistance to the PBV program, will be able to apply immediately under revised rules.