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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


CHAPA Action Alert! Contact your State Representative: MA House Begins Debate of the FY2017 Budget - April 21, 2016

Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means (HWM) released its state budget recommendations for fiscal year 2016 (FY2016). The budget includes strong support for many affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development programs. Click here for an overview of how CHAPA’s priorities were funded in the HWM budget proposal.

HUD Extends Moving to Work Agreements Until 2028 - April 15, 2016

39 public housing agencies will continue to enjoy greater program flexibility

WASHINGTON – Thirty-nine local public housing agencies across the country will continue to enjoy significantly greater flexibility to operate their federally funded housing programs following an announcement today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Existing agreements under HUD’s Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program for 39 public housing authorities (PHAs) will now continue in effect until 2028.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - April 7, 2016

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


Moving to Work Program - Request for Specific Policy Proposals and Methods of Research/Evaluation - April 4, 2016

The Moving to Work (MTW) Office announced that Congress, as part of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act, has authorized HUD to expand the MTW demonstration program by an additional 100 high performing Public Housing Authorities (PHA) over a period of seven years.  HUD seeks to solicit recommendations for specific policy proposals and methods of research and evaluation to be implemented as part of the expansion of the MTW demonstration.  Agencies will be added to the MTW demonstration by cohort and the Act requires that for each cohort of agencies “the Secretary shall direct one specifi

Affordable Housing is focus of March 29 Boomer Generation Radio - March 29, 2016

On March 29th, Brenda Clement was on Boomer Generation Radio and discussed how the growing gap between housing costs and what people can afford negatively impacts different communities and age groups.

HUD FY 2016 Income Limits Released - March 29, 2016

HUD posted its 2016 income limits effective March 28.  Background information and individual area documentation can be found at Click here for the income limits for MA.

HUD Request for Comment on AFFH State Tool - March 17, 2016

On March 11, HUD issued a draft assessment tool for states under AFFH and comments are due May 10.  The tool outlines the questions states will have to address when putting together their Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH), including questions on their QAP.  The notice can be found on HUD’s website:

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $21 Million for Affordable Housing Construction - March 11, 2016

Awards will support the creation of 312 units for at-risk populations

Framingham – March 11, 2016 – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced more than $21 million in affordable housing awards, including $10.6 million from the Housing Preservation and Stabilization Trust Fund (HPSTF), to create 312 new units of supportive housing for homeless individuals and families, veterans, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

CHAPA Housing Briefs - March 9, 2016

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