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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


FHFA Announces Interested Investors May Pre-Qualify For REO Initiative - February 2, 2012

Washington, DC – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced the first step of a Real-Estate Owned (REO) Initiative targeted to hardest-hit metropolitan areas announced in August 2011. Investors interested in participating may “pre-qualify” to establish eligibility to bid on transactions in the initial pilot phase as well as subsequent phases.

FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Plan to Help Responsible Homeowners and Heal the Housing Market - February 1, 2012


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February 1, 2012

FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Plan to Help Responsible Homeowners and Heal the Housing Market

Obama Administration Announces Changes to the HAMP Program to Increase Loan Modifications - February 1, 2012

Today, the Administration announced important enhancements to the Making Home Affordable Program, including the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), to expand the reach of the program to help additional homeowners stay in their homes and strengthen hard-hit communities. These enhancements will provide additional relief to struggling homeowners, renters, and their neighborhoods to accelerate the housing market recovery and improve our overall economy.

Housing Briefs - January 26, 2012

State Updates

Governor Patrick Releases FY2013 Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, January 25th, the Patrick-Murray Administration released its FY2013 Budget proposal.  The Governor proposes to increase FY2013 funding for several of CHAPA’s top priorities, including:

HUD releases final FY2012 allocations for CDBG and HOME - January 19, 2012

The Massachusetts final statewide total CDBG allocation is $88.97 million and the final statewide HOME allocation $25.133 million. Please click here to view specific allocations on HUD's website.

CHAPA Outlines Impact of Federal Budget Cuts in Massachusetts - January 19, 2012

Please click here to read CHAPA's letter to Administration and Finance and Ways and Means outlining the impact of federal HUD budget cuts on Massachusetts.

Massachusetts First State in the Nation to Pursue 'Pay for Success' Social Innovation Contracts - January 19, 2012

Commonwealth to seek performance-based investments to spur innovative solutions to social issues, achieve better outcomes and save money

Presentations from CHAPA Breakfast Forum: The Intersection of Housing and Transportation Choices in Massachusetts - January 13, 2012

Please select the presenter's name to download their presentation:

April Anderson Lamoureux, Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Jeffrey Lubell, Executive Director, Center for Housing Policy, Washington, D.C.

HUD Awards $3.6 Million in Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants; $300,000 Goes to Springfield - January 10, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that 13 communities across the U.S. will receive $3.6 million in Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants.