CHAPA Files 2019-2020 State Legislative Agenda

With the beginning of the new 2019-2020 state legislative session in January, CHAPA announced its legislative agenda. CHAPA's priorities include bills that will help increase access to affordable housing, protect fair housing, strengthen tenant protections to reduce displacement, and build stronger communities throughout the Commonwealth.

For a brief description of CHAPA's legislative priorities, click here

CHAPA thanks all the legislators who sponsored or co-sponsored our priorities. We look forward to working with the Legislature this session to move forward these policies that will help everyone in the Commonwealth have a safe, healthy, and affordable place to call home.

As the next step in the legislative process, the bills will be assigned to committees. The committees will have the opportunity to work on the legislation and schedule hearings later in the year.


For a fact sheet on each of the bills, please click the bill title.

Docket no.

Title

Sponsor

Description

HD.3379

 

SD.1640

An act relative to housing reform

Rep. Honan

 

Sen. Boncore

These bills will increase housing production by using the Governor’s Housing Choice bill as a foundation and including additional provisions like requiring multifamily zoning around public transit, abutter appeals reform, and setting affordable housing production goals

HD.3872

 

SD.864

An Act relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program

Rep. Madaro

 

Sen. Eldridge

These bills improve MRVP by codifying the program, raising fair market rent standard for vouchers and making other programmatic fixes

HD.1472

 

SD.1099

An Act promoting fair housing by preventing discrimination against affordable housing

Rep. Barber

 

Sen. Chang-Diaz

These bills will promote fair housing by prohibiting cities and towns from making discriminatory land use decisions against affordable housing or developments that are suitable for families with children

HD.2718

An Act relative to smart growth multifamily housing production

Rep. Barber

 

The bill will help produce more housing by requiring multifamily zoning in cities and towns served by public transit

 

HD.2911

 

SD.2021

An Act to streamline housing production through abutter appeals reform

Rep. McGonagle

 

Sen. Cyr

These bills will streamline housing production by helping to prevent frivolous abutter appeals against development

HD.3784

An Act setting a housing production goal for the Commonwealth

Rep. Dave Rogers

The bill sets a statewide housing production goal of 427,000 homes by 2040 with 20% reserved as affordable, allowing us to measure progress towards meeting our housing needs

HD.3781

 

SD.1987

An Act relative to local housing authority board member elections

Rep. Honan

 

Sen. Boncore

These bills will increase resident engagement by creating a process for appointing tenant members to housing authority boards in towns

HD.3652

 

SD.1332

An Act leveraging additional resources for local housing authorities

Rep. Dave Rogers

 

Sen. Crighton

These bills will leverage new resources for public housing by allowing housing authorities to borrow against their capital funds and retain the proceeds from the sale of their property

HD.3385

 

HD.1618

 

SD.625

An Act to ensure right to counsel in eviction proceedings

Rep. Tyler

 

Rep. Dave Rogers

 

Sen. DiDomenico

These bills will help preserve tenancies and prevent homelessness by providing low-income tenants facing eviction with a right to counsel

HD.2639

 

SD.723

An Act relative to landlord tenant tax credits

Rep. Honan

 

Sen. Boncore

These bills will help prevent displacement by creating a $1,500 tax credit to small residential property owners who maintain their rents at or below market rent

HD.2519

 

SD.910

An Act relative to economic mobility for families with low-income

Rep. Vega

 

Sen. Lewis

These bills will further economic mobility and address cliff effects for families in Massachusetts

SD.1433

An Act providing for coordinated data and assistance to address family homelessness

Sen. Comerford

The bill increases transparency by directing state agencies to improve access to data on certain homelessness related measures and to make benefit program information more accessible to families

HD.2600

An act relative to housing service coordinators

Rep. Honan

This bill creates a program to assist residents in subsidized housing to help mediate disputes between landlords and tenants and coordinate economic self-sufficiency services

HD.2835

 

SD.746

An Act to sustain community preservation revenue

Rep. Ferrante

 

Sen. Creem

These bills will increase the deeds recording fee to provide additional funds for the Community Preservation Trust Fund