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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


HUD Announces 2011 Sustainable Communities Awards - November 22, 2011

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced the recipients of the 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants, totaling nearly $96 million. Twenty-seven communities and organizations will receive Community Challenge grants and 29 regional areas will receive Regional Planning grants. The goal of HUD's Sustainable Communities grants is to help communities and regions improve their economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation (see attached grant chart).

Patrick-Murray Administration Releases FY’12 Capital Budget; Housing Receives Small Bump - November 17, 2011

On November 17, 2011, the Patrick-Murray Administration released the FY’12 capital budget. The budget provides a very small increase over last year’s capital budget for housing.  Last year, the Housing Innovations Fund - a program that primarily funds housing developments that serve homeless families and individuals - was cut from $9 million to $6 million.  This year, HIF is funded at $8 million. 

Conference Committee Report on FY12 HUD Budget - November 16, 2011

Please click here for a table comparing FY2011 actual HUD budget numbers to FY2012 HUD budget number from the conference committee report.

Click here for a summary of administrative provisions in the FY12 HUD Budget Conference Report. 

DHCD Releases Guidelines for the Certification of CDCs - November 9, 2011

Please click here for the guidelines document.

Click here to download the CDC Certification Review Form.

MHP Releases New Foreclosure Monitor - November 9, 2011

BOSTON, Nov. 7, 2011 --- While foreclosure distress appears to have declined since a year ago, recent increases in foreclosure activity signal that foreclosure distress is set to increase throughout the rest of 2011 and into 2012.

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Foreclosure Monitor's quarterly analysis of Warren Group data shows that the number of housing units in distress has declined 29 percent in Massachusetts from Oct. 1, 2010 to Oct. 1, 2011.

HUD Proposes New Rule to Improve HOME Program - November 4, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced HUD is proposing new regulatory requirements under its HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME).   HOME is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to produce affordable housing for low-income families. Since 1992, the HOME Program has successfully assisted more than one million affordable homes for lower income families.

Obama Administration Releases October Housing Scorecard - November 4, 2011

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the October edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest housing data offer continued mixed signals as new home sales rose compared to August, but were still slightly down from the prior year. Mortgage defaults and foreclosure sales continued a downward trend as more homeowners were able to secure mortgage relief.

Housing Briefs - November 3, 2011

State Updates

Patrick-Murray Administration and Legislature Support Supplemental Budget to Address High Demand for Emergency Shelter and Short-Term Rental Assistance

Since launching reforms to change the Commonwealth’s response to homelessness, over 2,500 families have sought access to Emergency Assistance or HomeBase, the Commonwealth’s new alternative to shelter, each month.  Approximately 38% of these families have been deemed eligible to receive benefits.  Neither program is budgeted to meet that level of demand. 

CHAPA Letter to Massachusetts Delegation on the FY12 HUD Budget Negotiations - November 2, 2011

Please click here to read CHAPA's letter.

A summary of the FY2012 budget Senate and House proposals can be found here.