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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


CALL FOR DONATIONS: Please Support Families Affected by Cambridge Fire at Just-A-Start Affordable Housing Development - December 9, 2016

On December 3, a devastating fire damaged and destroyed many homes in Cambridge.  Just-A-Start, our partner in affordable housing and community development, owns St. Patrick's Place, an affordable housing development that was damaged by the fire. Unfortunately, 32 families living in this development were affected, many of whom lost everything in the fire.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - December 8, 2016

Read CHAPA's December Housing Briefs for state updates, federal updates, and recent research and reports!

DHCD Announces NOFA for Winter 2017 Affordable Housing Rental Round - November 18, 2016

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the start of the winter 2017 affordable housing competition for rental projects. 

DHCD will give priority to projects that provide affordable housing for homeless families or individuals.  Potential project sponsors must reserve at least 10% of the units for homeless families or individuals earning less than 30% of area median income. DHCD will also promote the development of mixed-income housing work, with a combination of market rate and affordable units.

HUD Publishes Final Small Area FMR Rule - November 16, 2016

On November 15, HUD announced the publication of a final rule requiring the use of small area fair market rents (SAFMRs) in 24 metropolitan areas where housing choice voucher use is particularly concentrated in high-poverty neighborhoods (none in Massachusetts).

CHAPA Housing Briefs - November 10, 2016

Read CHAPA's November Housing Briefs for state updates, federal updates, and recent research and reports!


HUD Issues Initial Guidance on Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act (HOTMA)

The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA), signed into law in late July, authorizes a number of reforms to federal housing programs, including public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher program.  On October 24, HUD published initial implementation guidance detailing the changes that can be effected immediately and those that require rulemaking or other actions by HUD first.  Changes to the project-based v

DHCD Publishes NOFA for National Housing Trust Fund - October 21, 2016

DHCD posted a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF).  DHCD will make available HTF and MRVP vouchers to help finance rental projects with support services for vulnerable populations.  

Kuehn Foundation Opened 2017-2019 Kuehn Fellowship Applications for Host Organizations - October 11, 2016

The Kuehn Foundation opened its 2017-2019 Kuehn Fellowship selection process and are now accepting applications from host organizations through November 15, 2016.  New information is on their website. The goals of the Kuehn Fellows program are twofold: to inspire and equip women and men at the start of their careers to follow Bob Kuehn’s vision and vocation in affordable housing, and to add to the capacity of Massachusetts non-profit affordable housing organizations.