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AFP Massachusetts Chapter Diversity Fellowship Program - March 9, 2016

Encouraging diversity within the fundraising profession

The AFP Massachusetts Chapter Diversity Fellowship provides up to ten qualified individuals annually with two year scholarships that include:

Roger Williams University Community Partnerships Center Seeks Project Applications - March 9, 2016

Does your organization/agency have a project that you’ve always wanted to undertake but currently lack the staff or funding to start the work? The Roger Williams University (RWU) Community Partnerships Center (CPC) may be able to help.
The RWU CPC connects teams of faculty and students with local organizations to tackle projects that will benefit the local community and provide RWU students with hands-on, experiential learning.

CHAPA’s Spring 2016 Regional Meetings

Each year, CHAPA travels across Massachusetts to meet with housing professionals, advocates, community members, elected officials, and other stakeholders that want to expand access to safe, quality, and affordable housing.  Please join us as we share updates on affordable housing and to help us develop agendas for our public policy, research, and programming for the year. 

Chelsea Regional Meeting
March 16, 2016
9:30 – 11:00am

NLIHC Posts New Estimates of 2016 National Housing Trust Fund Allocations by State

Based on the year end reports of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) estimates that a total of $186.6 million be will available for distribution to states through the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) in 2016.  It has posted updated estimates of the allocation each state will receive at  It estimates that Massachusetts will receive $3.72 million in 2016.  For additional information on NHTF, click

Diane Yentel to be New President of National Low Income Housing Coalition - February 16, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Diane Yentel, veteran affordable housing policy expert and advocate, has been named as the new President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) by the coalition’s board of directors. She will replace Sheila Crowley, the coalition’s long time President and CEO, who is retiring. The transition will take place in April.

Action Alert! Sign the National HOME Sign-On Letter by March 1st

Everyone Deserves Access to Safe, Decent, Affordable Housing. #SaveHOME!

CHAPA Housing Briefs - February 4, 2016

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

FHA to Cut Insurance Rates on Multifamily Mortgages - January 28, 2016

In an effort to help preserve and increase the amount of affordable, quality rental housing across the country, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced a multifamily insurance rate reduction designed to encourage capital financing of affordable and energy-efficient apartments. The rate reductions announced today will take effect on April 1, 2016, and will directly impact FHA’s Multifamily Housing Programs and properties housing low- and moderate-income families and/or developments installing energy-efficient systems or building within federal energy guidelines.

Baker-Polito Administration Files Economic Development Legislation - January 28, 2016

Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito filed “An Act to Provide Opportunities for All,” which reflects and begins to implement several aspects of the Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive economic development plan, including investments of up to $918 million in capital funding for local infrastructure, Brownfields site cleanup, Gateway Cities development, development site assembly and site readiness, smart growth housing