Housing News

October 17, 2019
On October 16, the Massachusetts House of Representatives concluded debate on its FY2019 state supplemental budget. The budget was to closeout the previous fiscal year, which ended with a major revenue surplus. The supplemental budget bill, H.4127, now heads to the Senate. Specifically, the House Supplemental budget provides:
October 11, 2019
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) intends to hold a multifamily rental funding competition in February 2020.  To download a copy of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), please click here.
October 10, 2019
​ Check out CHAPA's October 2019 Housing Briefs for state and federal housing updates as well as recent research and reports. This month features:
October 3, 2019
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is currently undertaking a review of 760 CMR 53.00, the regulation governing the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (AHVP).  DHCD is considering incorporating revisions to the regulation to reflect necessary programmatic and legal updates, as well as revisions for clarity.  DHCD would welcome any comments regarding 760 CMR 53.00. Further opportunity for comment will also be offered through the formal regulatory promulgation process that will occur pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A.
October 1, 2019
On October 1, the Baker-Polito Administration released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Gateway Housing Rehabilitation Program. To learn more and to download the NOFA, click here. 
October 1, 2019
On October 1, CHAPA sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership in the State Legislature advocating for affordable housing programs to be included in the supplemental budget. For a copy of the letter, click here. In the letter, CHAPA asks the House and Senate to include:
September 25, 2019
On September 25, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) issued a bid protest opinion, finding that public construction bidding laws do not apply to the rehabilitation of a privately-owned affordable housing development in Springfield. For a copy of the bid protest decision, click here.
September 25, 2019
On September 25, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) released its Draft 2020-2021 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP). To download a copy of the draft, click here.
September 16, 2019
On September 6, Governor Baker filed a supplemental budget to close out FY2019, which ended with a major revenue surplus. The Governor proposed $10 million to support new production of affordable housing for those with extremely low-incomes (ELI) - or those at or below 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The Governor's budget also proposed $10 million to support a down payment assistance program for low- and moderate-income first time homebuyers.
September 12, 2019
​ Check out CHAPA's September 2019 Housing Briefs for state and federal housing updates as well as recent research and reports.