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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Deadline for EHLP Applications July 22nd - July 18, 2011

The Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program (EHLP) was launched on June 20th by the Obama Administration to provide mortgage relief – up to $50,000 -- to homeowners who are unemployed or underemployed and at risk of foreclosure. The application deadline of July 22nd is fast approaching, and it is imperative to get the word out to clients who qualify for the program. There is funding available to assist approximately 1,250 Commonwealth homeowners, but they must complete a simple pre-application and submit it to an EHLP housing counseling agency by Friday, July 22nd.

MHP Seeking Proposals for One-on-One Counseling Services for Buyers of Multifamily Properties - July 18, 2011

The Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) is seeking qualified organizations to provide individual, pre-purchase counseling to buyers of multifamily properties.

In January of 2012, MHP is implementing a pre-purchase, individual counseling requirement for buyers of three-family properties. This requirement will be in addition to the pre-purchase homebuyer education requirement.

Please click here to download the RFP document.

Governor Patrick Approves FY2012 Budget - July 12, 2011

On Monday, July 11th, Governor Deval Patrick approved the total amount of FY2012 funding that the Legislature appropriated for the Commonwealth’s affordable housing and homelessness prevention programs. Click here to learn more about the funding level of each program.

Patrick-Murray Administration Raises Awareness About EHLP - July 8, 2011

BOSTON - Thursday, July 7, 2011 - Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today launched a new public service campaign to inform struggling homeowners about the availability of interest free loans through the Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program (EHLP). Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) in conjunction with NeighborWorks America, Massachusetts homeowners are eligible for a total of $61 million in EHLP assistance, and must apply by July 22, 2011.

Housing Briefs - July 1, 2011

State Updates

State Legislature Passes FY’12 Budget

Today, the Massachusetts legislature finalized its FY’12 budget. The Conference Committee adopted level funding for every affordable housing and homelessness prevention program, with the exception of MRVP.

HUD Releases Study on Public Housing; Shows $26 Billion in Major Repairs Needed - June 24, 2011

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today released a study that finds the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units need an estimated $25.6 billion for large scale repairs.  This study updates a 1998 analysis and includes costs to address overdue repairs, accessibility improvements for disabled residents, lead abatement, and water and energy conservation that would make the homes more cost effective and energy efficient.