Housing News

March 7, 2018
On March 6th, CHAPA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) opposing the delay of the Assessment of Fair Housing requirement.
March 7, 2018
On March 7th, the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government favorably reported out the Great Neighborhoods Bill (H.2420) that reforms the state's zoning laws. For a comparison of the changes made to the bill by the Municipalities Committee, click here.
March 1, 2018
On February 27th, the Senate Bonding Committee, chaired by Senator John Keenan, favorably reported out the Housing Bond Bill (S.2317). The legislation recapitalizes affordable housing programs with $1.7 billion in the capital budget over the next five years.
February 27, 2018
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that it would protect funding for the National Housing Trust Fund in 2018. The recently passed tax law made funding for the trust fund uncertain. The tax legislation caused a devaluation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s deferred assets, forcing the enterprises to take a draw from the Treasury. The Trust Fund is capitalized through contributions from Fannie and Freddie.
February 16, 2018
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and MassHousing released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the second Community Scale Housing Initiative competition.The initiative provides up to $10 million in funding for smaller scale affordable housing projects.  The funding consists of $5 million from DHCD’s Housing Stabilization Fund and a $5 million investment from MassHousing’s Opportunity Fund. A limited number of DHCD’s Section 8 and MRVP rental assistance vouchers will be available.
February 12, 2018
On February 12, President Trump released his FY2019 federal budget proposal with drastic cuts to affordable housing and community development programs. The budget proposal slashes federal investment in affordable homes, increases rents, and imposes work requirements on those receiving housing benefits. For a detailed table of the President's FY19 budget proposal for affordable housing and community development program prepared by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), please click here.
February 7, 2018
Massachusetts Attorney General Healey’s office announced updated guidelines today for non-profit Hospitals and HMOs obliged under state and federal law to invest in community benefits in exchange for their tax-exempt status.  The new guidelines emphasize “community engagement, collaboration… and investments in statewide priorities” including housing instability and homelessness.  
February 7, 2018
Read CHAPA's February Housing Briefs for state and federal housing updates and recent research.
January 31, 2018
In 2017, we reflected on 50 years of accomplishments and our plans for the future. Check out our 2017 Annual Report!
January 28, 2018
On January 24th, Governor Baker released his FY2019 state budget proposal. For a table showing an overview of CHAPA's budget priorities for affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development programs in the Governor's budget, please click here.