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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Independent Foreclosure Review DEADLINE EXTENDED - July 5, 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 your foreclosure was handled, you may be eligible to receive compensation. You have until September 30, 2012, to submit your request. Get more information or start the process by visiting

Housing Briefs - June 28, 2012

State Updates

Massachusetts Legislature Approves FY2013 Budget, Increases Funding for Several Housing Programs

On June 28, 2012 the Massachusetts Legislature finalized its FY’13 budget.  Governor Patrick now has 10 days, excluding Sundays and holidays, to sign the budget and issue vetoes or amendments for budget items he does not approve.

DHCD Report of the Commission for Public Housing Sustainability and Reform - June 22, 2012

Public Housing and the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Vision

Since taking office in 2008, the Patrick-Murray Administration has taken bold and decisive action to protect and strengthen the safety net that state-aided public housing’s 45,600 units provides for our state’s most vulnerable families, seniors and persons with disabilities. The significant gains this Administration has made through substantial funding increases and program innovation laid the foundation for the work of the Commission for Public Housing Sustainability and Reform (“The Commission”).

DHCD Releases Pre-Application and Supporting Documentation for 2012 Fall Rental Round - June 20, 2012

Click here for a memo on the pre-application from Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein.

Please click here to download the pre-application form.

Click here to read the final housing development priorities from DHCD.

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Tax Credit Program for Market Rate Housing - June 18, 2012

BOSTON – Monday, June 18, 2012 - The Patrick-Murray Administration’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) today announced the Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP), a new state tax-credit program to spur market-rate housing development in the Commonwealth’s 24 Gateway Cities.

Governor Patrick Announces $26.8 million in Federal Block Grants for Community Improvements - June 12, 2012

46 communities receive funding for housing and infrastructure upgrades, child care and public service programs

DENNIS – Tuesday, June 12, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced that 46 cities and towns across the Commonwealth will receive $26.8 million in federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to support housing rehabilitation, public service projects and local infrastructure. Governor Patrick made the announcement at Dennis Town Hall. Dennis, jointly with Harwich, received $994,000 for housing improvements and childcare assistance.

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the Department of Health and Human Services announces Partnership Opportunities for Supportive Housing - June 11, 2012

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at DHHS has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement to demonstrate the effectiveness of supportive housing models for homeless families.  The initiative includes a public-private partnership component, with four national foundations teaming up to provide support for technical assistance and evaluation.  The aim is to help identify high needs families earlier and provide targeted services that can reduce child welfare system involvement and increase housing stability and employment.

New England Housing Network Releases 2012 Housing Priorities - May 21, 2012

Please click here to download the New England Housing Network's 2012 Housing priorities document.

Housing Briefs - May 21, 2012

State Updates

Senate Ways and Means Committee Releases FY2013 Budget; Senate to Begin Budget Debate on May 23

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (SWM) released its FY’13 budget proposal on May 16th and Senators had until Friday, May 18th to file amendments to the state spending bill.  Here are some of the highlights:  

HUD Studies Show Housing Counseling Helps Families Prepare for Homeownership and Keep the Homes They Have - May 18, 2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released two reports on the impact of HUD-approved housing counseling has for those families who purchase their first homes and those struggling to prevent foreclosure.  In both studies, HUD found housing counseling significantly improved the likelihood homeowners remained in their homes.