Housing News

November 3, 2017
Yesterday, House Republicans released their tax reform proposal, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, to make sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code. The proposal delivers substantial tax cuts, including a significant reduction in the top corporate income tax rate. To offset the cost of the cuts, many current tax incentives are eliminated or substantially changed in the legislation.
November 2, 2017
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced the start of the winter 2018 affordable housing competition for rental projects. The deadline for submitting applications to the winter 2018 competition will be February 15, 2018.  On or before that date, DHCD will accept applications from sponsors whose projects were approved in December 2017 through the Department’s pre‑application process. Only projects with December 2017 pre-approvals will be consi
October 20, 2017
DHCD has posted an updated Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI), showing the number of housing units in each municipality that qualify as subsidized under Chapter 40B (whether or not created with a comprehensive permit).  According to the September 14, 2017 SHI, 67 municipalities are at or above the 10% threshold that makes them appeal-proof.  
October 20, 2017
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is making grant funding available to municipalities and Regional Planning Agencies to support efforts to plan, zone, and act to conserve and develop land consistent with the Massachusetts Sustainable Development Principles.  Grants are available for diverse land use planning related work, with set-asides of $250,000 each for four priorities:(1) zoning for sustainable housing production ((e.g.
September 30, 2017
On September 21st, the Joint Committee on Housing, chaired by Rep. Kevin Honan and Sen. Joseph Boncore, reported out the Housing Bond Bill favorably with a unanimous vote from the committee. The new bill, H.3925, is a redraft of H.675, filed by Rep. Honan and Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, and H.3653, filed by Governor Charlie Baker.
September 28, 2017
David Tille was sworn in on September 25 as the regional administrator for the New England office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  As reported by WMUR.com and the Boston Globe, he was previously the regional director of a free-market small business advocacy group, and in 2
September 14, 2017
On September 13th, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to override $275 million in spending from the FY2018 state budget that Governor Baker vetoed in July. According to House Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sánchez, the House started with veto overrides for programs that have a statewide impact. Most of the funding restored to the budget included $220 million for MassHealth. The House voted to restore funding to several of CHAPA's affordable housing and homelessness prevention priorities. These include overrides for the following programs:
September 13, 2017
Read CHAPA's September Housing Briefs for state and federal housing updates and recent research.
September 8, 2017
On September 8th, DHCD gave notice for a public comment period on proposed amendments to regulations on Occupancy Standards and Tenant Participation for State-Aided Housing (760 CMR 6.00). Written comments on the proposed regulatory amendments are due on October 6, 2017. For more information on the regulations, please visit DHCD’s website by clicking here.
September 6, 2017
In a notice published on September 1 in the Federal Register, HUD published its proposed FMRs for FY2018.  The new FMRs will go into effect on October 2 except in cases where HUD receives a request for a re-evaluation.  Comments are due no later than October 2.  As proposed, FMRs will increase in 18 FMR areas in Massachusetts and decline in one (the Lawrence FMR area) and 10 areas will see two-bedroom FMR increases of 10% or mor