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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Text of President Obama’s American Jobs Act - September 13, 2011

Text of President Obama's American Jobs Act can be read here.

A description of Project Rebuild, the President's $15 billion plan to rehab commercial and residential properties, starts on page 58.

Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness Releases RFI - September 13, 2011

The ICHH has posted a Request for Information on Comm-PASS in order to gather information that will inform a potential RFR later this fall. The ICHH hopes to gain feedback about ways in which they can support operations of the Regional Networks to End Homelessness as well as innovations in stabilization for recently rehoused families and individuals. The RFI will remain open through Friday, September 23, 2011.

To access the RFI document please go to:

Housing Briefs - September 9, 2011

State Updates

Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program Moving Forward

President’s Jobs Bill Includes $15 Billion for Rehabilitation of Homes and Commercial Properties - September 9, 2011

According to the Fact Sheet published yesterday by The White House, The American Jobs Act will include $15 billion for rehabilitation of homes and commercial properties:

House T-HUD Subcommittee Releases FY12 Budget - September 8, 2011

Please click here to read the budget document.

Please click here to see CHAPA's side-by-side comparison to FY2010 and FY2011.

Attorney General Does Not Certify Initiative Petition to Amend Comprehensive Permit Statute - September 7, 2011

On September 7th, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced her decision not to certify a new initiative petition to substantially amend the Comprehensive Permit Law. 

If put before the voters and passed, the petition would have reduced the affordable housing safe harbor of each municipality from 10 percent to 3 percent of its housing stock, eliminated limited dividend organizations from the statute, and changed the law so that comprehensive permits could no longer override one particular form of local rule, a local wetland bylaw.