On July 30, the Massachusetts Legislature finalized the FY2019 state budget and overrode Governor Baker's veto of the budget item that supports foreclosure prevention and housing counseling programs across the state (7006-0011). The Legislature voted to restore $500,000 to the program as well as language in the budget line-item that authorized the grants to support foreclosure and housing counseling programs.
In the final FY2019 budget, there were increases for 12 of CHAPA budget priorities, including increases to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP), the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP), Public Housing, and Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT).
For an overview of CHAPA budget priorities in the final FY2019 budget, click here.
CHAPA thanks Governor Baker and his Administration, Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Spilka, Rep. Sánchez of House Ways and Means, Sen. Lovely, Vice-Chair of Senate Ways and Means, and all the members of the Legislature for supporting these critical affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development programs in the FY2019 state budget.