On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, the Massachusetts Legislature's conference committee released its negotiated spending plan for more than half of the state’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Fiscal Recovery Funds. Their plan includes over $600 million for affordable housing investments.
CHAPA thanks Representatives Michlewitz, Hunt, and Smola, and Senators Rodrigues, Friedman, and O'Connor for prioritizing affordable housing! These housing investments are outlined below:
Comparison of House, Senate, and Conference Committee ARPA Spending Proposals
House and Senate Leaders have noted that the House will take up the bill Thursday and the Senate is planning to take up the bill on Friday in informal sessions. Given that the legislature is only meeting in informal sessions, the bill will need unanimous support to move to the Governor's desk.
In the meantime, CHAPA is preparing recommendations to the Governor to ask the administration to provide the strongest support for critical affordable housing resources to secure a healthy future for all. (Check back for more updates.)