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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


NHC Releases Paper on Rental Housing Affordability - November 8, 2010

In the wake of the mortgage foreclosure crisis, calls have grown for a national housing policy that more evenly balances homeownership and rental housing. As America “rediscovers” the rental option, one could easily forget that for at least the past several decades one in three U.S. households — or more than 37 million households in 2008 — have been renters.

HUD Releases Proposed Regulations for National Housing Trust Fund - November 4, 2010

On October 29, HUD published its proposed regulations for implementing the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) in the Federal Register. Comments are due by December 28, 2010. To download a copy of the proposed regulations, click here.

The Housing Trust Fund Project will send out a summary of the proposed regulations later this week.

A Message from CHAPA’s Executive Director Regarding the Defeat of Question 2 - November 4, 2010

Dear CHAPA Members:

On behalf of the board and staff, I want to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who worked on the Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law. With your help, we were able to achieve a decisive victory of 58% to 42%, which was the largest margin of any ballot campaign. Over 1.2 million voters and 80% of cities and towns affirmed their support for protecting the affordable housing law for seniors and working families in urban, suburban, and rural communities all across the state. If you'd like to see how your town voted, click here.

HUD Publishes Final Fair Market Rents for FY2011 - October 13, 2010

Please click here to view the 2011 HUD Fair Market Rents.

Click here for Massachusetts Fair Market Rents.

Urban Land Institute Releases Priced Out Report on Greater Boston - October 4, 2010

The Urban Land Institute has released a "Priced Out" report on the presistence of the workforce housing gap in the Boston Metro area.

Please click here to download the report.

Click here to view the slideshow presentation from the report's announcement event.

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $1.56 Million to Support Plan to End Homelessness - September 27, 2010

Lieutenant Governor Murray highlights completion of 18 month Regional Network Pilot Program; Funds targeted to transform service delivery fort at-risk residents

CHAPA Releases Gubernatorial Candidates Policy Paper - September 27, 2010

Solving the affordable housing crisis in Massachusettsrequires strong executive leadership that keeps affordable housing a top public policy priority. It also requires multiple strategies that meet a range of needs through both new production and preservation of existing rental and ownership housing for low and moderate income families and individuals, as well as establishing channels to facilitate the production of housing for all income levels.

In this policy paper, CHAPA recommends the following housing policy strategies to gubernatorial candidates:

August Bay State Foreclosure Petitions Reach Highest Level In A Year (Banker & Tradesman) - September 23, 2010

Foreclosure petitions reached the highest number in more than a year in August, while foreclosure deeds increased for the eighth straight month in Massachusetts, according to The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman.