On May 11, 2021, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its FY2022 state budget proposal. The proposal provides increased funding for many of CHAPA's affordable housing budget priorities, including for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, the Alternative Housing Voucher Program, Public Housing, Housing Consumer Education Centers, and DMH rental subsidies.
CHAPA's full language analysis of our budget priorities also includes a description of changes made to the program language. For MRVP, these changes include reducing the tenant payment share from 40% of a household's income to 30%.
Senators have until Friday, May 14, to file amendments to the budget proposal. The Senate will then debate and finalize its budget proposal the week of May 24. Please stay tuned for action alerts on how you can take action to help make the strongest possible budget for affordable housing, community development, and homelessness prevention!
The budget will then go to a conference committee to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions.