This afternoon, the Massachusetts House of Representatives will vote on an Economic Development Bill (H.4714). CHAPA is supporting three amendments to the bill that will help rehabilitate public housing, protect housing assistance programs, and promote economic mobility.
Please call or email your State Representative NOW to ask her or him to support the following amendments!
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Amendment 102: Public Housing Provisions
Sponsored by Rep. Joseph McGonagle
Rep. McGonagle’s amendment will help rehabilitate public housing by providing housing authorities with new tools and flexibility to enter redevelopment partnerships and to leverage additional funds to preserve public housing. This amendment re-inserts language that was included in an earlier version of the Economic Development Bill reported out by the House Bonding Committee. For a section-by-section summary of this amendment, click here.
Amendment 77: Mortgage Licensing & Exemptions
Sponsored by Rep. Edward Coppinger
Rep. Coppinger’s amendment will help create affordable homes and protect access to housing assistance programs by creating a narrow exemption for affordable housing nonprofits from state licensing requirements for mortgage loan originators.
Amendment 68: Economic Mobility & Stability Study
Sponsored by Rep. Aaron Vega
Rep. Vega’s amendment creates a commission to identify the most effective self-sufficiency programs, examine the impact of cliff effects, and help shape programs that will best assist low-income families achieve economic mobility and independence.
For a fact sheet with a more detailed description of these amendments, please click here.