Housing News

June 20, 2011
Despite the emphasis on homeownership and the marginalization of renters, renter households still make up fully one-third of the households in the United States — more than 36 million households. Out of Reach is a side-by-side comparison of wages and rents in every county, Metropolitan Area (MSAs/HMFAs), combined nonmetropolitan area and state in the United States.
June 20, 2011
April 13, 2009 - Latest UMass/CHAPA Poll finds nearly half of Mass residents fear losing their job, 1 in 4 worried about making housing payments. Please click here to read the full press release and here for the full report. Click here for WBZ interview with Michael Goodman.
June 20, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC – On April 10, 2009 President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts: Larry EchoHawk, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior; Sandra Henriquez, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Thomas McClellan, Deputy Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy; John Porcari, Deputy Secretary, Department of Transportation.
June 20, 2011
MassHousing is sponsoring regional homebuyer fairs to be held on May 2 and 9; and open houses at affordable homes for sale will be held May 2-3 and May 9-1.
June 20, 2011
CHELSEA – Friday, April 03, 2009 – As part of his Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state’s economic future, Governor Deval Patrick today announced he will target $108 million from several state and federal affordable housing programs and tax credits to help support 39 affordable rental housing projects, yielding more than 2,000 affordable housing units across Massachusetts, while helping to create thousands of jobs.
June 20, 2011
On January 28, 2009, the Patrick/Murray Administration filed proposed changes to the Emergency Assistance (EA) regulations in response to a significant deficiency in the appropriation for the program. These changes are part of a comprehensive response to provide housing and stabilization services to homeless families, and to transform the shelter system with a greater emphasis on shared accountability and self-sufficiency.
June 20, 2011
March 30, 2009 State Updates CHAPA Launches Foreclosed Properties Clearinghouse Initiative At a well-attended event in New Bedford on March 16, CHAPA announced a foreclosed properties clearinghouse to help return foreclosed properties to productive uses. The goals of the program are to:
June 20, 2011
The Massachusetts economy contracted at a 4.2 percent annualized rate in February according to the latest MassBenchmarks Current Economic Index. Recent data revisions indicate that the state economy declined at a 4.7 percent annualized rate in the fourth quarter of 2008, substantially worse than the 3.5 percent decline previously reported but comparatively better than the 6.3 percent annual rate of contraction the US experienced during the same period.
June 20, 2011
March 23, 2009 - U.S. Department of the Treasury - Over the past six weeks, the Treasury Department has implemented a series of initiatives as part of its Financial Stability Plan that – alongside the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – lay the foundations for economic recovery. Please click here to read the details of the Treasury Department's initiatives.
June 20, 2011
For the third year in a row, top development, housing professionals and design experts from around the state will be the featured speakers at the third annual Massachusetts Housing Institute for local officials. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, the event will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9-10, at the Marriot Spring Hill Suites and Conference Center at Devens.  Click here for a schedule of the two-day program. 

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