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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: News


Governor Baker Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal - January 27, 2016

On January 27th, Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito filed their budget proposal for the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17).

Click here for the press release.

Click here for the budget proposal.

Boston to create Office of Housing Stability - January 21, 2016

In Walsh’s 2016 State of the City address Tuesday night, he announced a new Office of Housing Stability, shifting the focus from building new units to keeping people in the homes they have now.

Springfield awarded $17M under HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) program - January 21, 2016

The City of Springfield will receive $17,056,880 in NDRC funding to support the creation of an Urban Watershed Resilience Zone. The Resilience Zone will include economically-distressed neighborhoods, and will create an innovation and job training center, create a new program for property owners to restore affordable housing units, and the installation of a heat and power plant to provide non-grid energy to critical facilities in the event of power loss during a disaster.

CHAPA 2015 Annual Report - January 21, 2016

Our 2015 Annual Report is out! Thank you for your partnership and support throughout the year as we advocated for safe and affordable homes for all.

FHFA Proposed Rule on Duty To Serve - January 14, 2016

On December 15th, the FHFA issued a proposed rule on Duty to Serve for comment. The draft rule seeks comment on 89 issues, and comments are due by March 16th. 

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HUD AFFH Guidebook, AFH Assessment Tool and Mapping Tool Now Available - Jan 13, 2016

On December 31, after two rounds of public comments, HUD issued the Assessment Tool form that local governments must use to submit an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) under the new Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) rule.  (HUD will issue a separate Tool for states, public housing agencies and Insular Areas). 

MassHousing Executive Director Thomas R. Gleason Announces Retirement, Deputy Director Timothy C. Sullivan Named As Successor - January 12, 2016

BOSTON - January 12, 2016 - At today's meeting of the MassHousing Board, the Agency's long-time Executive Director, Thomas R. Gleason, announced that he would retire effective December 31, 2016. The Board voted to name Timothy C. Sullivan, currently MassHousing's Deputy Director for Finance and Rental Programs as Gleason's successor.

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Boston Globe: Boston hits 1,000-unit mark for affordable units in 2015 - January 7, 2016

Thanks in part to the city’s building boom, Boston permitted more units of affordable housing in 2015 than in any year on record, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Thursday.

Howard Leibowitz, a Passionate Affordable Housing Advocate, Passes Away at 63 - December 29, 2015

CHAPA is saddened by the loss of Howard Leibowitz, a passionate advocate for affordable housing.

Click on the following links for tributes in The Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and on NECN: