Action Alert: Ask Your State Senator to Support Down Payment Assistance and Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs in the Supplemental Budget!

On October 21st, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its $771 million state supplemental budget proposal (S.2378) to close the books on FY19 budget. CHAPA thanks Senate President Karen Spilka, Senator Michael Rodrigues, Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and other members of the Ways and Means Committee for including a $10 million investment for building new affordable housing for people with extremely low incomes.

Tomorrow, the State Senate will debate and finalize its state supplemental budget proposal. CHAPA is working to strengthen investments in critical programs for first time homebuyers with low and moderate incomes and lead poisoning prevention through proposed amendments to the budget.

After the Senate concludes its debate, the House and Senate must then reconcile the differences between the their budgets  before sending the final version to the Governor for his signature. 
Please call or email your State Senator today and ask them to support the budget amendments below!
Find your State Senator’s contact information.
You can use this message for your call or email:
Hello, I am [NAME] from [CITY or TOWN] in the Senator’s district. Programs for down payment assistance and lead poisoning prevention are important for supporting safe, healthy and affordable homes in our community. I am requesting that the Senator support the following supplemental budget amendments. Thank you.

  • Amendment 128: Down Payment Assistance, sponsored by Sen. CrightonThis amendment invests $10 million for creating a down payment assistance program for low- and moderate-income first time homebuyers.
  • Amendment 2: Get the Lead Out Program, sponsored by Sen. Cyr. This amendment recapitalizes the Get the Lead Out program with $5 million to support lead paint remediation to prevent lead poisoning in homes for low- and moderate-income households.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Shupin, CHAPA’s Director of Public Policy, at or (617) 682-9712.