Housing News

July 30, 2020
On July 30th, the Massachusetts House and Senate voted to change their rules to allow the Legislature to continue meeting for the rest of the year in formal sessions. 
July 30, 2020
On July 29th, Massachusetts Senate passed its Economic Development Bill, S.2842, An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth. The bill contains important provisions that are critical to creating and preserving affordable housing in Massachusetts, supporting our economy, and addressing inequities in housing. These provisions include:
July 29, 2020
On July 28th, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed its Economic Development Bill, H.4887, An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth. The bill contains important provisions that are critical to creating and preserving affordable housing in Massachusetts, supporting our economy, and addressing inequities in housing. These provisions include:
July 27, 2020
Many of the affordable housing policies we’ve been advocating for this legislative session are now being considered as part of the Economic Development Bill (H.4879), which will be voted on this afternoon in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
July 27, 2020
CHAPA has filed an Amicus Brief In support of the eviction moratorium in the matter of Mitchell Matorin v. Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development which is being heard in Superior Court. Estimates show that 11,500 residents could be in danger of eviction when CARES Act benefits expire this week. The moratorium pauses most evictions so long as the state of emergency is in effect in Massachusetts. The measure does not exempt tenants from the requirement of paying rent.
July 27, 2020
Today, July 27, the Massachusetts House of Representatives is debating its Economic Development Bill, H.4879, An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth. The bill contains important provisions that are critical to creating and preserving affordable housing in Massachusetts, supporting our economy, and addressing inequities in housing. These provisions include:
July 24, 2020
On July 24, Governor Baker signed the COVID-19 state supplemental budget, H.4808. The $1.1 billion budget includes millions in funding for affordable housing, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter resources. Specifically, the budget contains:
July 23, 2020
On July 23, 2020, Secretary Ben Carson announced in a press release that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  will terminate the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation issued under the Obama administration. The rule required cities and towns that receive federal funding to examine local housing patterns for racial bias and design a plan to address any measurable bias.
July 21, 2020
On July 21, Governor Baker extended the eviction and foreclosure moratorium by 60 days until October 17, 2020. The moratorium, Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020, signed into law on April 20, 2020, grants the authority to the Governor to extend the moratorium in increments of up to 90 days.
July 17, 2020
On July 16, the Legislature sent their final FY2020 COVID-19 Supplemental Budget bill (H.4808) to the Governor for his signature.

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