Housing News

May 7, 2018
HUD announced state funding allocations for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs. In 2018, Massachusetts will receive $100.4 million for CDBG and $34.2 million for HOME. Both programs will receive over $9 million more than 2017 funding levels.  
May 7, 2018
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is proposing wide-ranging changes to the regulations governing the Federal Home Loan Banks’ Affordable Housing Program (AHP).
May 7, 2018
On May 7, HUD announced $266.8 million in allocations from the National Housing Trust Fund to states. Massachusetts will receive $5.7 million in 2018 from the Trust Fund. The total allocation for the United States is a 22% increase from the 2017 allocation and a 45% increase from the inaugural 2016 allocation. For a full list of allocations to state, click here.
April 27, 2018
On April 25, the Trump Administration, through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), unveiled draft legislation to raise rents and impose work requirements on low income households receiving housing assistance through programs including public housing or Section 8.
April 27, 2018
On April 26, the Massachusetts House of Representative's concluded its FY2019 budget debate by passing its $41 billion budget proposal. After four days of debate, the House added $81.3 million to the budget through amendments. During the debate, four amendments on CHAPA's budget priorities were adopted:
April 20, 2018
Today, the Massachusetts House of Representatives begins debate on its FY2019 State Budget. Help us strengthen affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development programs in the budget by contacting your State Representative today!
April 20, 2018
On April 19, Governor Baker submitted the state's Opportunity Zone designations to the U.S. Treasury Department to encourage long-term investment in eligible Massachusetts communities. Created as part of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the Opportunity Zone program presents an opportunity for private, tax-free investment into areas of economic need.
April 19, 2018
On April 19th, Janelle Chan was named Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development in Governor Charlie Baker’s administration. Undersecretary Chan is the former Deputy Chief of Real Estate at the MBTA, former Director of Asian Community Development Corporation, and former CHAPA Board Member. CHAPA congratulates the new Undersecretary and looks forward to working with her in her new role.
April 19, 2018
Last week, six state legislators were appointed to a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the Housing Bond Bill. As the conference committee prepares to meet, please contact the conference committee members today and urge them to quickly reconcile the differences between the Housing Bond Bills and keep critical affordable housing programs funded! The conference committee members are:
April 13, 2018
On Wednesday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives released its FY2019 budget proposal with strong investments in affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and community development programs. However, we are working to further strengthen these programs that will help everyone in the Commonwealth have a safe, healthy, and affordable place to call home!