Housing News

May 7, 2019
In April, The Federal Housing Finance Agency released the 2018 national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) annual allocation to HUD. The HTF targets funding to help build and preserve affordable housing with a particular emphasis on rental housing for extremely low-income households. The first allocation from the trust fund was disbursed to the states in 2016.
May 7, 2019
On April 17th the Trump Administration released a proposed a rule to prevent undocumented immigrants from accessing federal housing assistance like public housing and section 8. While details of the rule are not available during the 15-day Congressional review period, the rule will become public in the coming days, after which there will be 60 days for public comment. CHAPA will submit comments.
May 3, 2019
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Fair Housing Month Forum, “Planning for Fair Housing Up Front” in Newton on April 29th.
May 3, 2019
The Baker Administration is hosting four regional listening sessions to get input for its economic development strategy. Join Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Michael Kennealy, municipal officials, legislators, and community and business leaders for a regional engagement session to inform the Baker-Polito Administration’s economic development strategy for the next four years  
May 1, 2019
On April 16, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released FY2019 funding levels for formula programs including: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG); HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA); Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG); and Housing Trust Fund (HTF). For a spreadsheet showing the FY2019 allocations, please click here.
April 26, 2019
We at CHAPA look forward to working with the Baker Administration, the Legislature, and advocates across the state to pass the Housing Choice legislation. The Governor’s bill will make a substantial impact in communities working to encourage housing development and undo policies that prevent housing production and perpetuate segregation. Lowering the super majority threshold required for zoning changes will empower the simple majority of people in a community to vote “Yes” for housing.
April 26, 2019
Boston - Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to approve its final budget proposal for fiscal year 2020. Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) thanks the House of Representatives for recognizing the urgent need to expand investments in affordable housing, which help families thrive and build vibrant communities.
April 26, 2019
Yesterday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives concluded debate on its FY2020 state budget. For a table showing the final funding amounts for CHAPA's budget priorities, click here. During budget debate, the House approved additional funding for two of CHAPA's budget priorities through the amendment process:
April 25, 2019
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) released its Draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. The draft Analysis is open for public comment. DHCD will hold a public hearing on the draft on April 29 in Boston, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Boston Planning and Development Agency (City Hall, 9th Floor Board Room, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA, 02201).
April 24, 2019
On April 24, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released income limits for fiscal year (FY) 2019 to determine income eligibility for HUD-assisted programs. Those HUD programs include public housing and Section 8 rental assistance programs. To access the income limits for your municipality, use the HUD Income Limit search tool by clicking here.