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Citizens' Housing and Planning Association: Housing Day at the State House - September 14, 2017

Housing Day at the State House - September 14, 2017

Start: 2017-09-14 09:00:00

End: 2017-09-14 13:30:00

Chapa Event:

Massachusetts State House, Great Hall

24 Beacon Street, Boston

Thursday, September 14, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

(Registration begins at 9 a.m.)


Registration is now closed so that we can finalize meetings with legislators.


If you did not register, you are still welcome to attend the speaking portion of Housing Day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Great Hall!


Please join CHAPA for our 3rd Housing Day at the State House on Thursday, September 14, 2017. As the need for affordable housing grows, we hope you will attend with other housing advocates and policy makers to support the resources and policies that will help every person in Massachusetts have a safe, healthy, and affordable home.

A speaking program will begin at 9:30 a.m. when we will hear from legislators and housing leaders. This will be followed by meetings with legislators between 
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. that CHAPA will arrange for attendees.

Housing Day at the State House is co-sponsored by Rep. Kevin Honan and
Sen. Joseph Boncore, Chairs of the Joint Committee on Housing.

CHAPA is also proud to present Senator Linda Dorcena Forry with our Housing Hero Award for her work and dedication to affordable housing in Massachusetts.

We are glad to welcome Chairman Jeffrey Sánchez, House Committee on Ways & Means, at 1:00 p.m., to deliver closing remarks.

For Legislative Meeting Tips, please click here.


9:00 a.m. - Registration Opens, Great Hall

9:30 a.m. - Opening RemarksRachel Heller, CEO, CHAPA, & Michael Durkin, President & CEO, United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley

9:45 a.m. - Welcome, Sen. Joseph Boncore & Rep. Kevin Honan, Chairs, Joint Committee on Housing

10:00 a.m. - Presentation of Housing Hero Award to Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, awarded by Jeanne Pinado, CHAPA Board Chair & CEO of Madison Park Development Corporation
10:15 a.m. - Testimonials
10:30 a.m. - Review of Housing Day Priorities & Legislative Meeting Tips,
Eric Shupin, Director of Public Policy, CHAPA
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Legislative Visits
1:00 p.m. - Closing RemarksChairman Jeffrey Sánchez, House Committee on Ways & Means

At Housing Day, we will advocate for legislation and programs that will help producepreserve, and plan for more affordable housing. For summaries on each of the priorities, please click the heading. Our priorities will include:

The Housing Bond Bill – H.675An Act Financing the Production & Preservation of Housing for Low & Moderate Income Residents
This legislation invests $1.7 billion through the capital budget in affordable housing over five years, providing critical funding to produce, preserve, and modernize public and affordable housing in communities across the Commonwealth. The bill also extends the state Low Income Housing Tax Credit and expands its annual allocation by $5 million to preserve affordable housing at risk of being lost.
Funding Affordable Housing & Homelessness Prevention Programs in the State Budget
The FY2018 budget passed by the Legislature demonstrated strong support for many affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development resources. Unfortunately, many of these programs face cuts because of vetoes. At Housing Day, we will ask the Legislature to override these vetoes and restore funding to these critical housing resources.
The Housing Production Bill – H.3845 / S.2131, An Act Relative to Housing Production

Massachusetts needs 17,000 new homes each year to meet our housing needs. This bill provides the tools necessary to meet this demand, support economic growth, and provide a range of housing options in communities across the state. This legislation includes zoning reform measures, such as requiring that all cities and towns allow for the development of multifamily housing and accessory dwelling units; financial incentives to support communities as they work to meet our housing needs, and the removal of programmatic barriers to development.

Great Neighborhoods Campaign – H.2420 & S.81
This legislation reforms our state’s planning, zoning, and permitting laws to support communities that work for families and seniors. Great neighborhoods offer housing choices, are vibrant and healthy places that protect open space and natural resources, and allow cities & towns to plan for the future.


If you have any questions, or if your organization would like to be a co-sponsor, please contact Eric Shupin at