Housing News

April 30, 2020
Did you miss any of CHAPA’s social media posts in honor of Fair Housing Month? Don’t worry…we’ve got you covered with the comprehensive round-up. Just because Fair Housing Month is over, it doesn’t mean you can’t commit to learning more about it and working to improve housing access in your community. Feel free to use and share all of these resources and don’t hesitate to reach out to our Municipal Engagement Team, Dana LeWinter and Whitney Demetrius, for assistance.
April 24, 2020
FHLBank Boston’s 2020 Affordable Housing Program application (AHP) round opens on June 8. In response to COVID and to help you with your applications, the Bank is hosting several online training webinars running from May 19th through July 8th. The online trainings will cover all aspects of the application with lots of important information about program changes and the nuts and bolts of filling out the applications themselves. The Bank is also offering three Q&A webinars to help you trouble shoot in real-time.
April 23, 2020
Thank you to everyone who joined CHAPA and MHP for Wednesday's virtual training on Establishing a Local Emergency Rental Assistance Program. For those who weren't able to make the training or who want to review what we covered, the recorded session is available on Youtube.
April 22, 2020
On April 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the federal FY2020 grants for the HOME program, the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), and the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF). These grants are part of the federal budget for HUD in FY2020 and do not include additional funds for programs included in the CARES Act as part of the federal COVID-19 response.
April 21, 2020
On April 20, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Baker signed the eviction and foreclosure moratorium bill (H.4647) – creating some of the strongest protections for tenants and homeowners in the nation. This law means that Massachusetts residents will not have to worry that they will be evicted, lose their home to foreclosure, and end up homeless if they have lost their jobs because of the unprecedented emergency. For tenants, the law temporarily halts all stages of most evictions. This includes:
April 15, 2020
On April 15, the members of the conference committee released its final version of the eviction and foreclosure moratorium bill. The final bill contains strong protections for renters and owners. It prohibits all non-essential evictions for tenants and small businesses, stops foreclosures, and directs financial institutions to grant mortgage forbearances at the request of homeowners. For a summary of the bill, click here. 
April 15, 2020
On April 13, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced that the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Command Center and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are setting up regional isolation and recovery sites located in hotels across the state. Currently there are sites in Pittsfield, Lexington, and Taunton with more coming on line in the days ahead.  These locations are for individuals who:
April 9, 2020
On April 9, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced that 12 of the largest housing lenders in Boston will offer at least three months of deferred mortgage payments for homeowners who contact them and demonstrate they have been financially impacted by the crisis. In addition, the lenders have committed not to charge late fees, or report non-payments to the credit bureaus. Homeowners will not be required to pay back the deferred mortgage payments in a lump sum, but will instead work with lenders on an affordable repayment plan.
April 9, 2020
On April 2, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed an eviction and foreclosure moratorium bill (H.4615) to protect renters and home owners during the COVID-19 emergency. The bill prohibits all non-emergency residential and commercial evictions until 30 days after the end of the emergency declaration. It would prohibit all stages of evictions, including the sending of notices to quit, filing of new eviction cases, and executing a judgement for possession.
April 7, 2020
On April 7, 2020, CHAPA submitted comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in response to its proposed change to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rule. There were over 2,600 comments submitted by the April 8th deadline.

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