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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Federal OMB Report Confirms Sequestration will in Result in Massive Cuts to Federal Housing Programs - September 14, 2012

Please click here to access the full report from OMB.

Click here to read the National Low Income Housing Coalition's press release regarding sequestration cuts.

DHCD Releases NOFA for Fall Rental Round - September 13, 2012

Please click here for additional information and the NOFA document on DHCD's website.

Boston Foundation Honored with HUD Secretary's Award for Community Foundations for the Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Fund - September 13, 2012

The new HUD Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations honors community foundations that work closely with the public sector on projects involving housing and neighborhood improvements, education, health and recreation, transportation, community participation, arts and culture, public safety, sustainability, and economic development.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - September 5, 2012

State Updates

DHCD Announces FY’13 Non-Utility Annual Expense Increase for State-Assisted Public Housing

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has notified housing authorities that they will receive a 6.5% increase in their non‑utility budget expense level caps.  The increase is a result of the $64.5 million FY’13 operating subsidy appropriation, federalization of over 3,500 units of public housing, and utility cost savings from energy efficiency improvements.

HUD Publishes Study which Finds that Affordable Housing Remains Affordable 15 Years after Low Income Housing Tax Credits Take Effect - August 30, 2012

WASHINGTON – Since its inception, the nation’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program helped produce more than 2.2 million affordable apartments, accounting for roughly one-third of all multi-family rental housing constructed between 1987 and 2006.  A new report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development finds that after an initial 15-year required ‘affordability period,’ the vast majority of these LIHTC properties remain affordable for working families.

Local Documentarians Release Trailer for Upcoming Film that Chronicles the Struggles of Fenway Residents in the 1970s - August 30, 2012

"Burning Greed" is a film that chronicles the struggles of Fenway neighborhood residents as they fought against an arson for profit ring in their neighborhood in the 1970’s. The makers of "Burning Greed" have just released a trailer for their upcoming film.

Click here for one page promo or click here to view the trailer. 

AG Coakley, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Tour Abandoned Brockton Home, Discuss AG's HomeCorps Foreclosure Prevention Program - August 27, 2012

HomeCorps Program Has Already Received More Than 7,800 Calls To Hotline Since April From Distressed Homeowners

BOSTON – On Monday, Attorney General Martha Coakley met with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Brockton Mayor Linda M. Balzotti and other officials to tour an abandoned property in Brockton and address the steps being taken to combat the severe foreclosure crisis in the community and other municipalities across the Commonwealth.

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