Housing News

November 3, 2021
On November 3, 2021, the Senate Ways and Means Committee and other House leaders released a $3.67 billion plan for spending a majority of the state’s federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) fiscal recovery funding.  CHAPA thanks Chairman Rodrigues and the members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee for prioritizing $600 million towards affordable housing. Their housing investments are outlined below: Affordable Housing Investments
November 2, 2021
On October 26, 2021, the Massachusetts House of Representatives finalized its $3.82 billion plan for spending a majority of the state’s federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) fiscal recovery funding. The plan calls for $1.15 billion to come from last year’s budget surplus and the rest to be taken from the state’s ~$5 billion ARPA fiscal recovery funds allocation. This allows for ~$2.4 billion of the State’s ARPA fiscal recovery dollars to remain unspent and be obligated at a later date.
October 26, 2021
On October 25, 2021, the House Ways and Means Committee and other House leaders released a $3.65 billion plan for spending a majority of the state’s federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) fiscal recovery funding. The plan calls for $1.15 billion to come from last year’s budget surplus and the rest to be taken from the state’s ~$5 billion ARPA fiscal recovery funds allocation. This allows for ~$2.4 billion of the State’s ARPA fiscal recovery dollars to remain unspent and be obligated at a later date.
October 22, 2021
Request for Qualifications Homeownership Counseling and Foreclosure Prevention Services for the Massachusetts Homeowner Assistance Fund
October 21, 2021
Hearing on Legislation to Prohibit Discriminatory Zoning & Authorizing Transfer Fees - Tuesday, October 26, 11:00 a.m. The Joint Committee on Housing will host a virtual hearing on fair housing legislation on Tuesday, October 26, beginning at 11:00 a.m. This hearing includes two CHAPA legislative priorities:
October 18, 2021
Across Massachusetts, we are facing a housing crisis, in part, because there are simply not enough affordable housing options for individuals and families with middle and low incomes. As of 2019, Massachusetts has a shortage of 156,000 homes for people with extremely low incomes.
October 18, 2021
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This once-in-a-generation investment allocated over $5.3 billion in fiscal recovery dollars to Massachusetts. Housing is the single best investment Massachusetts can make to secure a healthy future for all. These flexible ARPA funds may be used for rent, mortgage, or utility assistance; counseling and legal aid; supportive housing; affordable housing development; and housing vouchers, residential counseling, or housing navigation assistance.
October 13, 2021
CHAPA is pleased to announce that we have issued a Request for Proposals for our new Neighborhood Emergency Housing Support program. This one time grant program is aimed at supporting the on the ground, community based organizations in their effort to assist members in their community in learning about and applying for the emergency housing assistance made available through State and Federal Funding.  
October 7, 2021
Hearing on Fair Housing Legislation - Tuesday, October 12, 11:00 a.m. The Joint Committee on Housing will host a virtual hearing on fair housing legislation on Tuesday, October 12, beginning at 11:00 a.m. This hearing includes two CHAPA legislative priorities on fair housing:

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