What does CHAPA do?

Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association’s mission is to encourage the production and preservation of housing that is affordable to low and moderate income families and individuals and to foster diverse and sustainable communities through planning and community development.

Every person in Massachusetts should have a safe, healthy, and affordable place to call home. We achieve this by advocating for opportunity, expanding access to housing, and developing the field.

Advocating for Opportunity – As the non-profit umbrella organization for affordable housing and community development activities, CHAPA actively engages its membership, committees, and coalitions to advocate for the amount and diverse types of housing that Massachusetts needs for people and communities to thrive. CHAPA also works collaboratively with other fields (such as child care, health, workforce development, and more) to break down silos and ensure that various systems, resources, and tools support housing stability and economic mobility for families and individuals. On the federal level, CHAPA works with national partners to affect policy.

Expanding Access to Housing – CHAPA runs programs that connect people with affordable rental and homeownership opportunities, including the Massachusetts Accessible Housing Registry (MassAccess); the Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative; and Chapter 40B Monitoring.

Developing the Field - CHAPA’s trainings and forums, newsletters, young professionals networking group, and more are all designed to build the capacity of, and increase information-sharing among, diverse groups of organizations and professionals in the housing and community development field.